Beautiful discourse by Swami Mukundananda on the Vedic teachings on Free Will & Agency.

JUN 26, 2011

When God is the actual Doer, why are the souls subjected to the results of their karmas?
I added this discourse by Swami Mukundananda here because of its sheer explanatory excellence in illuminating the Vaishnava Vedantic principles of Agency & Free Will.

Question asked by a devotee: When God is the actual Doer, why are the souls subjected to the results of their karmas?  

Answer by Swamiji:  Many people diminish the need for self-effort in their minds by saying, “Nothing is in our hands.  God is seated within us.  He is the doer of all our actions, and we act as He inspires us.”  However, this philosophy is not really true, as the following points will illustrate: 
If God were the doer of all our actions, we would never have committed any mistakes.  All of our works would have been perfect, since God can never make a blunder.  The fact that we make innumerable mistakes implies that we are performing actions with our own free will.  If God were the doer of our actions, we would not have to bear the karmic reactions.  Why would we suffer for works that God did through us?  He would either bear the karmic reactions on His own, or forgive Himself.  But there is the Law of Karma, “As you do, so you shall reap.”  This implies that we ourselves are responsible for what we do. God is impartial towards all souls and perfectly just.  If He was the doer of our actions, He would either have made everyone do good works and become Saints; or He would have made everyone do bad works and become demons.  But there is so much of variety in the world.  One is a Saint, like Prahlad, while the other is a demon, like Hiranyakashipu.  This variety implies that we have the freedom to choose our own actions, and we are responsible for them, not God.   If God were the inspirer of our actions, there would have be no need for Him to reveal the Vedas or any other scriptures.  There would be no need for Him to explain to us the path to perfection.  He would simply have to say two sentences: “O souls, I am the doer of everything.  So you do not have to understand what proper and improper action is.” 

It is true that God is seated within us, and He gives us the power to act.  However, what we do with that power is decided by our own free will.  This is just as the powerhouse supplies electricity to your house.  If it did not give the power, you would not have been able to use any electric appliances in your home.  However, once you do have that power, what you do with it, is your own choice.  You could operate the fan, light the lamp, or heat/cool the house, as you wish.  

Similarly, God gives our eyes the power to see.  If He did not give us this power, we would not have been able to see anything.  But once we do have this power, what we see is in our own hands.  You could go to the temple and see the Deities, or you could see dirty pictures on theinternet.  God is merely giving you the power to see.  What you decide to see is your own choice decided by your free will.  Hence, we must not blame God for our mistakes.  If we do something wrong, we should take responsibility for the error and strive to correct it.

Swami Mukunananda

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Which is more dangerous, climate change or Islam?

The liberal media & their co-conspirators in academia keep bombarding us with climate change propoganda as though this phenomenon has never before happened in the planet’s 4 billion year history! In fact, climate stability has been the exception rather than the norm in the natural history of this planet. So, what are they trying to accomplish by doing this?

The devious left wants the developing world to be denied the benefits of Grid distributed electricity & the consequent industrialization that would result! This would serve a number of their goals. Firstly, it would keep the developing world economically poor & politically unstable in order to better exploit their resources & be susceptible to externally funded forces of social and cultural destruction and disruption. Secondly, it would also enable Africa & the Muslim world to continue to be a net source of unskilled & illegal immigration into North America & Western Europe in order to benefit the super rich with cheap labour & hasten the process of cultural breakdown & replacement among the lower economical segments of society.

Therefore, it’s imperative for them to convince us that the greatest enemy we face is the chimera of climate change & not the reality of Islamic extremists in our midst and often right next door. Constantly, we are told that only a *small* fragment of Muslims are dangerous because they’ve been somehow brainwashed into an ideology that’s foreign to their religion. I’ve even heard the BBC & Indian MSM compare demonic groups like ISIS & Al Qaeda with homegrown activists like the VHP & RSS! The comparison in the case of the RSS is so ludicrous that it’s malicious intent is quite apparent!

Unfortunately, large segments of our media drugged societies believe this balderdash that’s constantly being drummed into into their pathetic, unthinking brains! We need to find ways to reverse this barrage of mind numbing Voodoo zombiefication that the media spews out if we’re going to be able to save the very souls of our ailing societies!

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How can we have a Hindu Rashtra when we don’t even precisely define what Hinduism is!

It is a matter of intense frustration for me when Hindus routinely define Non-Hindu & Anti-Hindu religions to be Hindu. Admittedly, this perversion of Dharma was first promulgated by Nehru & his Hinduphobic lackeys in an insidious attempt to dilute the purity & power of Sanatana Dharma!

It is not at all uncommon to see Hindus on various social media platforms defending Non-Hindu religions like Buddhism & Sikhism and diluting their own faiths in the process. No Buddhist or Sikh would agree that they are Hindus! These religions contain teachings that are in fundamental contradiction to Vedic teachings & their committed followers are fully and correctly cognizant of this fact. One often sees this ridiculous stance even parroted by Hindu Nationalists.

Buddhism is a religion that died out in India some 600 years ago or thereabouts. It thrives in various Asian countries in forms that would be utterly unrecognizable to the Ancient Buddhists of India. The teachings of Buddhism moreover, have evolved after the Buddha’s passing in ways that would be inimical to his original teachings as well as to Vedic Dharma! Buddhism as practiced today is a Soulless & Godless religion that is also intensely Anti-Hindu! This can easily be seen in a casual perusal of Buddhist literature that deals in interfaith issues. Moreover, in India, Buddhism is often used as a political ideology that is positioned to attack Hinduism & India’s unity! Vedic Acharyas like Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya & even the Patanjala school have dedicated reams of literature dedicated to refuting the conclusions of this false Dharma! It would be a matter of intense disappointment to our spiritual ancestors to know that we’re not able to distinguish True Dharma from Falsehoods. The fact that we must recognize is that Buddhism as it exists today is most emphatically neither Hindu nor even Indian!

Sikhism is another religion that is considered to be Hindu in today’s India. Nevermind that the Sikh religion itself considers itself to be a mixture of Hinduism & Islam. The Guru Granth Sahib itself is a mixture of the writings of Hindu Saints & Muslim ideologues. The teachings of Sikhism moreover forbid the principle of Deity worship and adopt the Abrahamic dogma of conceiving the Supreme being as an amorphous entity. Moreover, recent political events have ensured that Sikhs consider themselves far closer to Islam theologically & politically than to Hinduism. The most interesting issue here is that Hindus feel obliged to appease a community that is thoroughly inimical to it & is less than 2% of the total population of India. This indicates an extremely low level of cultural self confidence among Hindus.

A viable Hindu Rashtra must be based on the Eternal principles that underpin Sanatana Dharma and not on mere nationalistic values. This requires us to go against acquired conditioning and be willing to acknowledge differences between religions and not attempt to reduce everything to a meaningless & impotent unity. The enthusiastic study of the Vedic Scriptures in conjunction with their authentic commentaries will be a good start to this end though a program of sharing what one has learned by teaching it to others is equally important.
 

 

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