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Category:Questions On... Fate, Destiny, Freedom, Free Will
Pages in category "Questions On... Fate, Destiny, Freedom, Free Will"
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- Brain-washed they call it, you know, by getting up and having the two hours or three of chanting in the morning and prayer beads constantly and the group life, that they're sort of controlled, and denied their freedom. What do you say about that?
- But is it (that worship made by trees and other lower animals) voluntary or involuntary?
- But is this force (nature is forcing) irrational and blind? This is what he thinks
- But these religions are just material. These Hindu, Christian, Muslim, they're following these things because that is simply their destiny? They don't know how to please God, so that's simply part of their happiness and distress?
- But they have choice within maya. Isn't that a fact?... Choice what to do in the material world, many different fields. They will say that they can do this or that
- But what if they change later on in their life (you believe in free choice. So suppose the children grow up and they want to go to college. But you have not sent them to a public school. Therefore they are not eligible for going to college)?
- Can we decide what we want to be in our next life?
- Can we find it (truth) only in the scriptures, in following all the regulative principles we're following day after day, or can we find also that truth by following our own path, by keeping our own freedom to do whatever we like?
- Can we not also say that self and not self must separate, either in death involuntarily, or through destiny?
- Can we withdraw our independence, can we request Krsna to force us to surrender to Him, due to our conditioning?
- Couldn't we say that we as men are determined to freedom, determined to indeterminism, so to say, determined to take some responsibility?
- Do you think your quality to change... A person, if that sould becomes fate or lift...?
- Does it mean that the initiative from the human being is completely surrendered to the almighty God? And if you surrender, is there any initiative left for the human being?
- Does Krsna know beforehand everything?
- Does Krsna know the time, or does He direct the living entity at some certain time to surrender or is this the will of the living entity?
- Does Krsna know when the living entities are going to surrender unto Him? If He knows, then how does the living entity have choice?
- Does someone who has been in prison and then he becomes free, does he appreciate his freedom more than someone who has always been free?
- Doesn't necessity mean plan?
- Don't you think that the children should be given freedom to choose voluntarily?
- I should now request you, Your Divine Grace, if God wills everything?
- If a large section of the people don't want spiritual life, should this be forced on them if they don't want it?
- If destiny cannot be changed, what does Krsna mean when He says, "Be thou happy by this sacrifice"?
- If Krsna knows already what you're going to do in the future, then what is the question of your independence?
- If Krsna knows past, present and future, then where is the question of our independence? In other words, He knows already what we're going to desire?
- If not even a blade of grass moves unless Krsna sanctions it, then why does someone have the opportunity to perform such ajnata-sukrti, another person not?
- If somebody commits suicide, that is also preset?
- If there is no God, then it doesn't matter what I do. But there is God, and He knows what I am going to do at every moment, then it doesn't matter what I do either. He knows what I am going to do, so what does it matter? I can do anything
- In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, it says that Krsna did not want us to come to this material world. If Krsna did not want us to come, why are we here?
- Is it because we have the desire to come in contact with such persons that we contact them, like Nitai contacting that Purusottama?
- Is it possible that every man's life is directed by God, and you're born to do certain things, and you come to be prime minister or something?
- Is it possible to reform a person against their will?
- Is it that the Supersoul controls every movement in this world through the agency of Maya and the inferior energy according to the desires of the dreamer-jiva?
- Is it the living entity's choice, complete choice, to be demonic, against God, or is it a part of Krsna's energy to put demons, or to have created him that way?
- Is that actual freedom, though? (that a thief also has got the conscience, "Why shall I steal?")
- Is that an example of free will, that someone can choose Krsna and then turn away?
- Is that preordained, or is it by free choice (the men who surround you were raised in a bad society, but they have chosen to become good)?
- Is the time that I'm going to die, and everybody going to die, is this preset before they're born? Do I have, when I'm born, do I have a certain given lifespan?
- Is there any way I can prepare (suppose if God says that "You become a dog," can you check it?)?
- Is there free will?
- Is there individual complete choice?
- Is there not something to this idea of brain, of being spiritually controlled or spiritually directed?... What would you call it?
- Is this God's plan or our plan?
- It is knowledge, that we don't have the knowledge, or enlightenment that in that watermelon there is something which is worth, or it is only that we don't want to do it, or we don't want to take the trouble?
- It is not (an accident) determined even by karma?
- Krsna is always playing the tune by which everyone is dancing?
- Krsna knows everything in the past and everything in the future, so can we say it is predestined?
- Krsna knows everything we're thinking and He knows exactly when each of us will give up the material body, does that mean that everything is predestined?
- Krsna says that once you are in the spiritual world you are full of bliss. Why would someone choose to come to this material world?
- One has a choice to either be controlled by love or by force. One who actually understands the distinction, is it possible that he will still choose to be controlled by the material nature?
- One may say that if there's no independence, then where is the question of initiative in the material world, taking initiative?
- Prabhupada, I read in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Volume Three, that when one becomes a liberated soul, he attains perfect freedom, and even sometimes that freedom is on the same level as Krsna or even more than Krsna
- Prabhupada, in case, for example some scientist makes a change, like if the scientist comes and cuts off my hand, that's also my karma. In that way he's not making a change. Everything that is happening is God's plan?
- So full will means to follow...?
- So God's plan is unfolding itself everywhere, whether we understand it or not?
- So how does he (Soren Aabye Kierkegaard) ever come to the point of religion if he wants men to make their own decisions? How can we make our own decisions according to him?
- So I have no other goal but to have the phala of past karmas. Or can I change my fate?
- So those eternally liberated souls in the spiritual sky will never come here because they choose not to?
- So what is the choice (Krsna does not force you. He says the real, "You love me, you'll be happy. If you don't love, you suffer." But that is your business)?
- So why does He (Krsna) allow me to have this independence?
- Sometimes Krsna interferes in the free will?
- Srila Prabhupada, Lord Brahma created something called self-deception. Would self-deception mean that if I think I am forced to fall down, but actually I wanted to fall down, but I think, "Oh, I am forced"? Is that self-deception?
- Srila Prabhupada, why do we have this rascal propensity?
- Srila Prabhupada, you say in your books so many times that somehow or other we have fallen into this material world due to our enviousness or our independence?... I can't seem to get a grasp on this at all?
- Srila Prabhupada? Why God gave to man free will if He knew the man would fall down in the material world?
- Take that example of the habit, if someone is smoking out of habit. So again. So is he free in that smoking, or is it..., has he completely surrendered his freedom?
- That independence, if he (the living entity) exercises that independence from now on, forever, Krsna knows exactly how that independence is going to be used forever?
- The animal is completely under the modes, but the human being, the modes' influence is reduced sufficiently so that he can make this decision, from, whether to accept or reject Krsna?
- The Hindu nation has been broken up into so many parts. But he sees the religion basically as a religion of the denial of will. But does the religion have its foundation in the nature of man?
- The individual soul has a little independence to choose? So we have no free will?
- The living entity cannot do anything without the sanction of God. So I am desiring certain sinful activities, but why is Krsna sanctioning it?
- The thing is that because Krsna knows the future, past, present, and future, so He knew that we would fall down, so why didn't He help me?
- The traditional charge against Hinduism is that it is fatalistic, that it inhibits progress by making people slaves to the belief in the inevitability of what is to happen. How far is this charge true?
- There is a preordained karma that says some human being should come into existence or some spirit soul should take some body. How can you reconcile this birth control with that?
- There is a very peculiar question that comes sometimes: "If Krsna knows that we were going to fall down, why didn't He save us?"
- This idea of freedom and independence, is it possible for anyone theoretically to surrender to Krsna at any time?
- We have also causeless mercy, meeting the pure devotee. Is that a chance?
- What about if it accidentally fell off; a thunderbolt hit the rock and it moved, like that, or gravity made it fall?
- What about two people born in the same circumstance? Each has equal education and equal background, but one becomes rich and one remains poor. That's chance?
- What determines our fortune?
- What is our definition of liberty, freedom, spiritual?
- What is the purpose of the plan? Is there any ultimate...?
- When you said that everyone is destined to a particular goal, then where is the question of preaching Krsna consciousness?
- Where does that will (you are perfect, but willfully you become imperfect) come from?
- Why doesn't God force me to surrender?
- Why doesn't He (God) force us to be good?
- Why doesn't Krsna protect us from that desire (even in the Vaikuntha, if I desire that "Why shall I serve Krsna? Why not become Krsna?" I immediately fall down)?
- Why has God permitted me to do such a horrible thing (destroy the earth)?
- Why has He (Krsna) given us that independence if in that independence we...?
- Why not we just let things take their natural course of events if everyone's going back to Godhead ultimately?
- Why should we go and tire ourself or make effort? If we are in trouble, oh, just wait for the God to come down to the earth and He will help us and do what we need or defend us?
- Why were we created free?
- Would even accidents between two automobiles, that would not really be an accident?
- Would you say that all world events, all phenomenon of the world are expressions of this world reason unfolding itself? There is a gradual development
- Yes. Yes. Of course, that (I do not know what is my future. Then what is my education?) is one standpoint, isn't it?
- You say that we have a choice, that either we can surrender to Krsna, or we can remain under the control of the external energy. Those in the mode of passion and ignorance, do they have any choice?
- You were speaking in SB class about Ajamila and how by circumstances he fell down, and that because it wasn't intentional, Krsna forgave him. So, but still, at one point or another, he agreed to the desires of the prostitute. So isn't that free will?
- Your Grace, if we could perhaps go back over that just for a minute - you said nobody is free… But are you saying that if we live a good life we in some way determine our future as well?
- Your next question was about the free will, whether we have it or not?
- Your question about will and the individual and the difference between them...