Is Freewill Really “Free”?

Q: Do we really have freewill? Every decision I make seems to be impelled by some external force.  Vedantic philosophy (including Bhagavad Gītā 18.14) explains that every decision and subsequent action has five factors involved.   adhiṣṭhānaṁ tathā kartā karaṇaṁ ca pṛthag-vidham vividhāś ca pṛthak ceṣṭā daivaṁ caivātra pañcamam First of all the environment plays a role in the decision to act. The tools at our…

Is there Freewill in Fate?

“Fate” comes from Latin, where it means, “Spoken.”Like if a judge sentences a criminal, the sentencing is called a “Fatum”. The common people thought that the gods sentenced human beings to various rewards or punishments. This is a half-truth. The gods do enforce a sentence, but like a judge, they are not the origin of…

Q & A on Freewill

Q: Is our intelligence is covered with the three modes of nature? That’s one way of describing it. We are ātmā — a quantum (infinitesimal particle) of sentience. The very nature of sentience is to be aware of its own perception and volition. Thus will (“freewill”) is inherent within the core of what we are, ātmā.  Our…

Astrology vs. Freewill

Fate & Freewill Are Not Opposites! Astrology is founded on the idea of “destiny” – the idea that you were destined to be a certain way, and that certain events and experiences were fated to occur in your life. It goes a step further and says that the lights in the heavens have something to…

Freewill vs. Habits

Habit vs Freewill nānyaḿ guṇebhyaḥ kartāraḿ yadā draṣṭānupaśyati guṇebhyaś ca paraḿ vetti mad-bhāvaḿ so ‘dhigacchati Gita 14.19 The performer of actions is none other than the three modes of nature. See this through the eyes of those who can see, And come to understand something above and beyond these three modes: My spiritual nature… and…

On Destiny vs. Freewill

You ask, “if everything the that the body does and experiences happens in material nature – then what blame or glory is there for the soul? If everything is predetermined and I have no freewill, then I am not responsible for my actions.” Right. If you have no freewill, you could not be held accountable…

Do the Stars Control You?

Why does astrology work? What is destiny? Does it co-exist with freewill? What is karma and, more importantly why is karma… what is its purpose? What role do the stars and planets play in this whole thing? Is the destiny they seem to create for us something inescapable and unalterable – or can we alter…

Spiritual Big Bang, the Meaning of Life, and the Sanctity of Freewill

In the “beginning” there was just “The One.” Well, beginning is a bit misleading, since this story starts before the “beginning” – before the universe began with its its wheels of time. And even the one is misleading, because it is really more like “the infinite.” But let’s stick with the poetic imagery: In the beginning…

Why Astrology is Real and Works

Astrology works because we have freewill. Freedom of choice is wired into the very core of what we are. 1 Human beings, especially, are the “grown ups” all life on earth. We are “adults” with fullest access to our inherent freewill. Adults are held responsible for their actions. Astrology works because we have freewill and…

Freewill and Destiny are the Same

A child does some things right and some things he does wrong, correct? The parent must correct the wrong things and encourage the right things. We are the children, the universe is our mother. She is in charge of seeing that we “grow up” correctly. What does it mean for a living entity, a child…