(‘the unseen’)

Human efforts, however great, often end in failure or only in partial success. The reason is that there is an unseen (adṛṣṭa) power that is guiding human destinies. Success or failure depends on the consonance or otherwise of this power with our efforts. This belief in an unseen power is common to almost all the religious groups.

Most of the Hindu religious works use this word in the sense of ‘karma’ or fate (the consequence of actions, good or bad, done in the previous lives). The word is sometimes used to indicate only merit, accruing to the performer of good deeds. Some schools use it in the sense of blind destiny also.

The Pūrva-mīmāṁsā system however employs it in a technical sense as equivalent to ‘apūrva,’ the unseen effect of sacrificial rites producing the desired results for the performer in his future life.

Adṛṣṭa resides in the subtle body of the soul unfolding its results at the appropriate time in future or in future life. Its power is irresistible and incompre-hensible by ordinary consciousness.

See also APŪRVA and KARMA.