[Advaita-l] Disccussion on Free-will

Mahesh Ursekar mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com
Sun May 24 05:35:47 CDT 2009


Pranams Vidyasankar-ji:

You write:
>> Only a couple of clarifications from my end - prakRti, strictly speaking,
>> represents only the insentient.

When you use the word 'strictly', what I understand is that the antakarana
(i.e. manas, buddhi, citta & ahamkara) is constituted of insentient prakRti
but the reflection of Brahman in it causes it to have sentience. So one can
loosely call in 'sentient prakRti'. Now even 'insentient prakRti' acts e.g
volcanos erupt, tsumanis occur, etc. The laws governing the two may be
different but they both do 'act'.

When Krishna says: "all actions are done by the prakRiti alone"? The use of
"alone"  here implies that, there is no doer over & above prakRti. Our world
(as of today) can be understood as actions done by sentient & insentient
prakRti, both acting under some laws, which may not necessarily be
identical. Technically speaking, we still don't know the laws under by which
'sentient prakRti' acts. However, one hopes one does not need to abandon
cause-effect principles in order to explain them. If so, all actions done by
prakRti have a cause & a resultant effect - where then is 'free' will?

You write:
>> Individual 'free will' is an illusion on the same level as the notion of
the 'individual' itself.

What I understand here is that when the 'individual' is no more, one
transcends will of any kind. However, my contention, as argued above, is
that even when an 'individual' exists, 'free will' is an illusion.

Thanks, Mahesh

On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 6:00 AM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:

>
>
> > >> Neither jnaani nor ajnaani really acts.
> > and
> > >> Otherwise there is no difference between jnaani and ajnaani. Neither
> one
> > is really a doer at >> any time.
> >
> > If there cannot be an ownership of action by either the jnaani or ajnaani
> > then it implies that prakRiti, representing everything in the Universe
> > (sentient & insentient), acts as one unified whole. What causes it to
> act?
> > Purusha or Brahman. Individual action then is a myth. Which, oddly
> enough,
> > supports my position that individual 'free will' is an illusion. It is
> > universal, all pervading prakriti that is causing you & me to act but due
> to
> > delusion, we think we act out of our own free will. Or, in Sri
> Ramakrishna's
> > words, the Mother is the one that causes you & me to act.
> >
> > Unless, my reasoning is flawed somehwere...
>
> Only a couple of clarifications from my end - prakRti, strictly speaking,
> represents only the insentient.
>
> Individual 'free will' is an illusion on the same level as the notion of
> the
> 'individual' itself. So long as there is a you vs. me in my mind, there is
> an 'individual' I and this 'I' has both destiny and will. So individual
> action
> is not a myth in and of itself; it is dependent upon the notion of the
> individual.
>
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
>
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