brickmar at EARTHCOM.NET
Wed Mar 25 19:50:20 CST 1998
On Mon, 23 Mar 1998, Prasant Sharma wrote:
>what you are saying is that (if I correctly understand you) free will is
>some kind of an add-on to the "I" which can be swept away for good by
>some arguments, with the "I" remaining albeit in some weaker form. This
>is what I disagree with.
The experience of free will can only be swept away by grace. When I say I
don't believe in free will I am saying something akin to "I believe in
God." This is not the same as saying I am experiencing a union with God.
On the other hand, to assert a belief in free will is to deny God's
reality, as Ramakrishna was getting at in what I quoted.
As for the perils of disbelief in free will, I think I am handicapped in my
understanding by being an American. We have an excess of belief in free
will here, and all the excesses of belief in self that go with it. A
weaker "I" sounds like a good start.
Brickmar at earthcom.net
"Nor ever [it] was, nor will [it] be, since now [it] is all together, one,
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