Monday, January 16, 2012

Freewill and Destiny


I happened to hear an interesting answer to the age old question of freewill and destiny.

Imagine a horse tied to a pole with a rope.
The horse is free to move anywhere within the circle defined by the radius, that is the length of the rope. But beyond that it has no reach.

We are all like the horse tied to a pole with a piece of rope. We can exercise freewill to an extent that the rope permits. Outside that sphere is our destiny.

Agrees with practical observation. Doesn't it?

How long the rope will be, is also determined by destiny I guess.

5 comments:

Sachin Thombre said...

"Outside that sphere is our destiny" - now that doesnt sound correct.

I think to break free and create your own destiny, you need to be centered first. - too vague ? :)

Sowmya said...

I am glad you disagree with what I have said - when I disclose the name of the one who gave this explanation, I would like to see if you will still stand by your opinion...

Anonymous said...

Ramana Maharishi on Freewill and destiny

"There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self and that the ego is non-existent.

The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realizing one's helplessness and saying all the time, 'Not I, but Thou, oh Lord' and giving up all sense of 'I' and ‘mine’, and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you.


Whether you achieve this effacement through Self-enquiry or bhakti marga (path). -- Ramana Maharishi .

Ramanujacharya showed the way of Six aspects of surrender.

1>
Atma-nikshepa or nyAsa - placing oneself completely and directly
2>
kArpaNya - This refers to absolute humility .
3>mahA-viSvAsa - irrepressible and great faith in Godhead.
4> goptR - The deliberate choice of bhagavAn SrIman nArAyaNa as the
sole Protector.

5>AnukUlya-niScaya - The resolve to do good to all beings.
6> prAtikUlya-vivarjana - giving up whatever is antagonistic to any of
His creations or to Him.

Anonymous said...

re comment left by Sowmya.

The worth of an idea cannot be judged by its source.

RamaDrama said...

There is no rope..when you acknowledge the rope and accept it whole heartedly...then..the entire world is free to you as you don't see yourself as tied to it...as "Anonymous" quoted, we have to acknowledge ego but not be ruled by it..our body is a clearing for the thoughts and feelings..but to associate ourself with it is folly..and disconnects us from the universal force...(woof..way too heavy for tues evening...but interesting :) )