The gist of Atalashanti Prakarana of Mandukya upanishad appears to be that cause and effect are constructs of an unrealized mind, and consciousness is unborn/eternal. Several verses in this scripture hammer home this conclusion, such as the following:

IV-28. Therefore consciousness is not born, nor are things perceived by it born. Those who perceive it as having birth, may as well see footprints in the sky.

IV-46. Thus Consciousness is unborn; thus the souls are regarded to be unborn. Those who realise thus certainly do not fall into misfortune.

IV-54. Thus external objects are not born of Consciousness; nor is Consciousness born of external objects. Thus have the wise settled the birthlessness of cause and effect.

IV-55. As long as there is fascination for cause and effect, so long do cause and effect come into existence. When the fascination for cause and effect ceases, there is no further springing up of cause and effect.

Am I misunderstanding this prakarana of Mandukya Upanishad or does it indeed demolish karma siddhAnta?

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    Karma and its fruits exist as long we consider involvement of "I" in both and consider ourselves as doer of karmas and enjoyer of its fruits. But when we come out of this ignorance that I am the "Karta and Bhokta" and our attachment to causality ends. No karmas and the fruits remains. This is the essence. – SwiftPushkar Jan 14 '19 at 4:15
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    If we look at the next verse i.e. no 56 we can find that "As long as there is faith in causality , the (endless ) chain of birth ad death will be there. When that faith is destroyed by knowledge birth and death become non-existence. " it looks like the verses are saying that karma and its fruits are real i.e (world is real) . But ultimately when we get the knowledge they cease to exist for a person who has achieved Atma-Gnana and he understands that ultimately those were illusions.archive.org/details/… – SwiftPushkar Jan 14 '19 at 4:50
  • You are conflating two different concepts. – Swami Vishwananda Jan 14 '19 at 11:48
  • Swami Vishwananda - Can you please elaborate? – Vijay Sharma Jan 14 '19 at 15:12
  • Good question @VijaySekhar – Srimannarayana K V Mar 26 '20 at 4:45

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