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Of Freedom, Fate And Free Will

We seem to be free … but are we?

As a soul we are always ‘free’ not bounded by time and space!

Do we have Freedom, Free will or Fate governing our lives? Some say it is the cause and effect theory and we carry our count of good deeds and bad deeds since birth; in fact, even from our previous lives coining it as ‘Karma’.

Practical minded say nothing is predestined. It is just that you have unconsciously made yourself into a certain possibility; governed by your thoughts, behavior, your moral code ( Is your moral code not predestined?), opportunities and problems around yourself, nature of your personality, in-borne capability, or by deciding what to believe or not to believe etc. This list could go on endlessly, carefully chosen out of your ‘free will’ to rationalize the situation you are in. Say again, then, Is it out of free will? So where is the fate playing its role?

So are we free or not?? If you could decide where to go, whom to meet, how to interact, where to live, what to eat, what is good or bad for you, etc. Then, you are free, right? So where is Fate governing our lives, as some claim? It is all in the mind, isn’t it not? So, are we free??

I believe, there is a limited sense of destiny working in our lives! Just visualize that you are just a tiny part of the Universal Soul, that is as a collection of individual souls’ mutants or karmic forms – the accumulations that you have carried all along and you do not even know what are you carrying at the start unless you self-search to know. You actually come to know about yourself with passage of time, right?

You are carrying certain tendencies, attitudes, individual mind set and all this changes as you shed your past karmic effects one by one. So it is pre-destined but you have the freedom to shed your past karma effects. And it is not that somebody is guiding you in this process of decoupling from past karma. But, your own tendencies are guiding you in that direction to attain liberation from past karmic effects. So it is pre-destined to that extent! And your freedom or free will helps you in choosing your options to enable ‘de-coupling’ or shedding the past karma effects!

Let us take an example of a simple river that is flowing from its birth place in a mountain. At one place, it is a brook, at another place it is a waterfall and it becomes a flowing river as it reaches the ground to join the ocean. It is not the destiny of the river to join the ocean. It’s destiny is determined by its ability exercised out of free will to reach the land to join the ocean. Some rivers reach while some do not. The potential strength and speed of the river allows it to becomes a ocean or just a brook as it was born!

But, can it avoid joining the ocean? No. In fact, the river is working hard to achieve its destiny. And I have always regarded that destiny is supreme as stated often and believed by Prince Yudhistra, the learned Pandava elder brother symbolizing Dharma in Mahabharata. So, there is Fate, Freedom and Free Will playing their roles in each one’s life. The strength of each determines what one becomes in his or her life.


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


3 thoughts on “Of Freedom, Fate And Free Will

  1. People often confuse luck with destiny. The concept of destiny is annoying because it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Throughout my childhood, I had to listen to adults telling me things like “Oh! You weren’t destined to get it. That’s why you didn’t.” That is such a destruction of logic and intelligent conversation. The sad reality is that actions and events are random, and their consequences spiral off in extremely unpredictable ways. Hence, predicting the future itself, is scientifically impossible. The idea that someone’s predestined for anything is a polishing of our fragile egos because it allows us to believe that we are special enough for someone in the sky to sit and laboriously pen down the happenings in our life, because the much more likely possibility that the only constant thing in our lives is randomness is a bitter pill to swallow.


    Posted by liberalcynic | February 2, 2010, 3:06 am
  2. Wow!the post is profound,the comment is profound compounded.OMG-the literary exercise and the thought process behind both is astounding.


    Posted by yaaro oruvan | February 2, 2010, 4:18 pm


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