[Advaita-l] Confusion about free will.

Vishesh Bhat visheshlives at gmail.com
Thu May 19 04:59:02 EDT 2022

Namaste Praveenji,

Thank you for your patient understanding and responses. These probably
silly questions stemmed from a period of grief due to passing of a loved
one, a Guru and the resulting insecurity. But I can see that it is foolish
to try and get an absolute answer to all of my doubts, although I must say
your answers have by and large given me a better understanding of Karma.


On Thu, 19 May 2022, 14:19 Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 2:11 PM Vishesh Bhat via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Just an addition to the previous question. There is also the matter of
> the
> > worlds attained after death. Aren't these also based on our Karma? If one
> > already reaps the fruits of Karma by experiencing heaven and hell,then
> what
> > is left for the next life?
> >
> Suppose you want 10 things on a shopping trip, you may need to buy them
> across 3 shops at different times in different geographies. Can someone
> insist that since you shopped in a mall, your shopping is over? No! So too,
> not all results of many variegated karma can be given in one loka or the
> other. Moreover, not all results can be experienced in a particular life
> form/ body. Some forms exists in particular era, in particular lokas. A
> jIva who deserves all of these since he has earned it has to be given those
> based on time, place, loka, life form. The karma earned tends to infinity.
> Never will it exhaust, unless one steps out of claiming the results
> thinking oneself as an eligible bhoktA who earned all those by being a
> kartA!
> Enough on karma. Hope you can move on. :-)
> gurupAdukAbhyAm,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
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