[Advaita-l] Self-effort or Fate?
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Wed Nov 22 05:56:07 EST 2017
praNAms Sri Aditya Kumar Prabhuji
Perhaps the oldest philosophical question. If everything is predetermined by fate, why put any effort? However, if self-effort can change our fate, why do we often hit a dead-end in our pursuits? Lastly, is Moksha gained by self-effort or fate?
I know there is a correct answer somewhere but not sure about it. Any thoughts?
> IMHO, if everything is pre-destined Upanishad would not have asked us to do brahma jignAsa :-) It would have said : wait when the time comes it would hit you :-) As you know that is not the case, in sAdhana chatushtaya, approaching a right guru (shrOtreeya brahmansishata etc.), guru seva, shravaNAdi sAdhana etc. there will be an insistence on self-effort. So, we can conclude that to get the mind set to put self-effort, we need some samskAra (pUrvajanma saMskAra) and that saMskAra is nothing but that fate which is the driving force behind our self-effort :-)
> There is a beautiful and meaningful dialogue between HH Sri Chandrashekhara bhArati and a disciple with regard to fate and free will. I reckon it is available somewhere in the web. Pls. go through it.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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