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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Our freedom of will is a palpable fiction

March 27 Reincarnation or Life in the Hereafter?
By V. A. Mohamad Ashrof 08/07/2004 Courtesy: islamOnline.net
The result of the belief in this theory is, perhaps, best outlined by Sri Aurobindo:
At any rate, at least nine-tenths of our freedom of will is a palpable fiction. That will is created and determined not by its own self-existent action at a given moment, but our past, our heredity, our training, the whole tremendous complex thing called Karma, which is, behind us, the whole past actions of Nature on us and the world converging in the individual, determining what he is, determining what his will shall be at a given moment and determining, as far as analyses can see, even its action at that moment. [Ghose , Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Lotus Press, 1966, p. 200–01.]

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