Free Will and Karma

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Free Will and Karma

Postby backtohome » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:44 am

Question: Free Will and Karma

How to make out what is karma and what is free will? When some sudden good or bad happens people say that it is because of karma and that Krishna is the cause of each and every thing in a person's life. You say that there is free will and that we have use it wisely to know Krishna. So where then does this free will exist? How to differentiate and know whether something is caused by free will or karma?

Sasi


Answer: Use Free Will to Free Yourself from Karma

Everything we do in this material existence is being conducted by the law of karma. But still we are responsible for what we do under karma's influence because when we chose to give up the service of Krishna we voluntarily placed ourselves under the influence of karma. It is something like when a person joins a terrorist network. Even though all of his actions are dictated to him by higher authorities within the terrorist organization, he is still held responsible for all of his criminal actions because it was by his own free will that he joined the terrorist organization. The good news is that there is a way out of this karma cakra or wheel of karma. Just as by misuse of our free will we are being helplessly tossed in the waves of karmic reaction, by the proper utilization of our free will we can be immediately delivered from the clutches of karma. All we have to do is the take the power of free will, which is fully in our grip at this very instant, and utilize it to surrender ourselves unto Lord Sri Krishna, the very source of our existence. This act of surrender is not at all unnatural. It is simply a matter of reconnecting ourselves with our actual eternal, all blissful, all knowing natures.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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