Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The Conceptual Basis For Reconciling Free Will and Determinism

Posted on: October 18, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

Consciousness is One. Yet we see apparent differences or contradictions in the world of manifestation. One of these contradictions is the dispute between free will and determinism, but it is not the only one. It is more or less a “symptom” of the larger oppositions that we recognize. Sri Aurobindo discusses the reasons for this, as well as the solution the Gita has proposed to reconcile these differences. He provides an example of scientific evidence showing that metals, plants, animals and humans all exhibit “vital reaction” to stimuli. The specifics of that reaction, and the interpretation of it varies as to whether the form is primarily Matter, Life or Mind responding to the stimulus. He extends this line to the next level of the divine consciousness which is beyond the mental level, and which sees things, not fragmented as the mental awareness does, but in a complete and integrated view.

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Tusar N. Mohapatra

Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum
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Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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