Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Breaking Free Of the Enslavement to Nature

Posted on: October 13, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

There has long been a philosophical debate about whether human beings act according to “free will” or “determinism”. Given the experience of deciding and acting, most people naturally and simply accept the idea that they have free will and that they have the ability to determine their own future. The Gita explores this issue and in entering into this exploration we find that the answer is not as simple as we like to make it seem. Essentially, as long as we are subject to the action of the Gunas of Nature, we are essentially driven within a framework and thereby our actions are determined; freedom is there, but it comes with the shifting of the standpoint to the divine consciousness which is beyond and free of the action of the Gunas.

Sri Aurobindo discusses this issue: “The soul ignorant in Nature…is enslaved by that ignorance to her modes, because it…

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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