Freedom of Choice - or - Freedom *from* Choice?

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Mar 10 14:18:37 CST 1998

On Tue, 3 Mar 1998, Frank Maiello wrote:

> The Universal Script unfolds inexorably, authored by the Ordainer,
> Isvara.
> The acts performed by the myraid jivas conform utterly to--are literally
> created *by*--this Script.  As such, there is no karma made or created
> by
> any individual jiva.  The jiva cannot be the free-choice doer.

This is completely backwards.  It is the jiva which creates and performs
karma and Ishwar just impartially metes out the rewards and punishments
based on that karma.  This is all explained in the Brahmasutrabhasya.
There is no point in denying free will it doesn't buy Brahman anything and
_does_ exist for the Jiva.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

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