Tusar Nath Mohapatra

The False Choice Between Free Will and Determinism

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Studies

The argument goes along the lines of human beings either having “free will” or else, everything is “pre-determined” and we have no free will. If it is not the one, it must be the other. This debate, however, represents actually a “false choice” inasmuch as both sides are bound within the framework of the ego-sense within the machinery of the modes of Nature. Thus, our apparent free will is an illusion and is in fact determined by the action of the modes of Nature. The Gita, as Sri Aurobindo explains, does not get caught in this false choice, by virtue of the fact that the Gita recognizes that one cannot truly understand the frame within which one is bound until one steps outside that frame and views it from a new standpoint. This is the key recognition that there is a divine standpoint that can observe, participate and master the…

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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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