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

Frank Maiello egodust at DIGITAL.NET
Tue Mar 10 23:46:08 CST 1998

Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
> 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.

Doership as well as non-doership are merely ideas supporting one
approach or another.  As such, they themselves are arbitrary and
ultimately empty.  The important thing is how effective they are
in accomplishing the neutralization of the limiting ego.  If they're
clung to with stubborn obsession, they're affecting the opposite end.


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