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May 03, 2012

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Thanks for this article Brian. I was pondering something similar to this in the morning, and here came this article that helped validate my questions that maybe we're not flawed (as religions would have us believe) but that we are trying to figure things out from a skewed perspective.

So we just basically have to be who we are (not that we have a real option anyway) and start enjoying our time on earth which happens to be shorter every minute that passes, without looking for gurus, masters, priests, or any other guys with the same exact body functions and needs that us, as U.G. Krishnamurti used to say: the only good guru is the one that frees you from himself.

There is no separate self. There is only the ONE. However, as long as we entertain the notion that there IS a separate self,
and that we need to do something to destroy the ego, the illusion remains.

This is the essential trap which all religions and paths create. A real master
is someone who gets you to discover this - not just believe it.

Muslims pray five times a day. They believe this pleases Allah. Sikhs recite five
scriptures - they believe its the duty of a sikh to do this. Radha soamis meditate
on the five holy names for 2.5 hours a day. They believe this will help their soul
get to Sach Khand.

As long as you have a belief - it becomes your reality. Zen says drop all beliefs and the truth will dawn on you. The mind asks HOW. Asking 'how' is the trap. All methods keep the seeker in a state of seeking.

What creates the trap is the whole notion that we are fallen, sinners, imperfect, un-enlightened. And that we need to DO something to fix this. Drop this notion and there is no path because there is no
destination.

The destination is the realization that there is no journey or destination and nobody to undertake the journey.

"Having given up a belief in resurrection, physical immortality, eternal soul, or living on through my works, I've settled on another approach for dealing with my eventual demise:

Not being me."

. . .except when having feelings of love reciprocated, especially by loved ones.

You ask:
What do we want to be free from?

Do you have preferences, Brian?
Preferences as in
I'd really like to experience this
or
I'd rather not experience that
?

When you don't get what you want, how do you feel, Brian? Do you have problems with this experience?
Or if you get what you definitely do not want, how do you feel about it? Do you have problems experiencing this?
Do you sometimes struggle with what you experience?

StJ, of course I sometimes struggle with what I experience. But I no longer believe that these struggles have anything to do with free will or an "I" that is separate from the physical brain.

Us human animals, like other animals, have preferences. I can see this in our dog every time my wife walks out the door without taking our dog for a ride in the car. A hang-dog look ensues. Literally.

Same happens with me. And with other people. We are conditioned to prefer certain things over others.

I used to worry about this, to struggle with it, a lot more than I do now. With age, and a bit of wisdom, I now understand that I'm just reacting as I've been determined through myriad causes and effects to react.

And my reaction to my reacting... that too is part of the ongoing deterministic dance. This understanding leads to peace of mind (cause and effect works that way). No longer believing that I am free to choose what I do or feel, I can better accept whatever happens to me as being inevitable.

If I have a desire to do or feel something different, that also is inevitable. And so the dance of life continues...

What is the official correct definition of Free Will? Shouldn't Free Will be defined differently from Freedom of Choice?

Define Free Will first. Then debate the topic. IMO.....

There doesn't seem to be anything like Free Will at this stage of probably all of us.

It's mostly the Wishful Thinking which is also an illusion and drama created by Ego to boost the Ego itself. It's a complex system, very very tough to come out of it.

As when asked by a someone, Master replied:
"Wish is what you want it to happen, destiny is what actually takes place"

We all are so closely bound by our destiny that only those of our wishes gets accomplished which were also our destiny and we feel the "awe" that our wish got completed. Now, to me, this feeling is the biggest "awe" thing that we think it was "My" wish which got completed whereas someone else is laughing out loud on us there in the greater realms.


There can't be Free Will unless and until someone is Free. Freeness comes after one crosses the Brahm. Once we are in Par Brahm, we are Free and so there can be the Free Will.
Free Will is something which accomplishes right on the same time when it becomes our will.
It's an easy testing, I; right at this point want to die.
And here I am writing the next sentence, hence proved, neither I am free, nor I can have any Free Will and so most of us here reading and writing these articles.

It's super heavy not a joke, going to take big time and effort and Love to reach there.


"Mind is the thing you have to Kill, to have the Free Will"
"Only way to kill your Mind, only when you go Blind"
- me

meaning: Love.


regards,
One Initiated

"It's mostly the Wishful Thinking which is also an illusion and drama created by Ego to boost the Ego itself."

---The "Ego" word is just an expression. There really is no such thing as an Ego to create drama and illusion. IMO.... There such a thing as a brain. A brain can do stuff.

"There can't be Free Will unless and until someone is Free."

---Okay, I am now officially Free. What then is the correct definition of Free Will?


"Mind is the thing you have to Kill, to have the Free Will"

--- The Mind could be thought of as brain activity, so why would I want to kill my brain activity? If I do kill off my brain activity, what then is the correct definition of Free Will?


"Freeness comes after one crosses the Brahm. Once we are in Par Brahm, we are Free and so there can be the Free Will."

---Crossing the Brahm, or being in it is more subjective subjectivity. IMO.......
So, so how does being there help in understanding the correct definition of Free Will?

Free Will probably is just a nice expression, that has numerous definitions. A conversational piece, nothing more....
IMO.......

@Roger

By Mind here I didn't mean to refer Brain by any means, I am talking about Mann (if you can consider that as a separate entity at all), which certainly is not a brain or brain activity. In fact it has nothing much to do with our physical brain.
Physical brain dies with our death, but we surely carry our mann in every forthcoming births.
Ever experienced non-understandable dreams ? ever felt good with a stranger without a reason and later be friends with them ? ... ever felt so so bad with a stranger without a reason ? .... yes Sir, mann and the impressions on mann carries over.

I know that you might and many other people also know it, theoretically or practically or both, but just for the revision, I am repeating it here:

Yes, it is certainly a subject of extreme subjectivity.
It's a very private subject of each and every single person... and yet it's essence is for one objective for all, reaching The One.
Mann, said to exist in three forms, meaning three varying frequencies and so the Body exists in three forms: Physical, Astral and Causal
And so a person needs to go through three deaths. We here can only see one death i.e. Physical death that too we can not observe our own death with our physical eyes.
Inner eye indeed needs to be opened to see the Physical Death, to have the inner eye opened, the only way is by closing the physical eyes, i.e. going blind from the physical plane.


The science objects on all of above and debates on the existence of the soul and the mann. And I think how incomplete that whole science is. What a pity that those scientists and those with such a scientific approach fails to reason a small thing:

There is a very very easy solution to that debate which proves that soul exists, the only thing that one needs to widen up mind and come out of the ghetto we have been living since countless births.

I totally disregard the theory by Stefan Hawkins who co-relates the human with simple a Computer and tells about death as like when a Computer system grows old it stops functioning. So basically it has been used enough to not to be used anymore.
This is interesting way of keeping ourself away from the science of the invisible I would say.

Example:
(I do not hold that rude a thought like the following example, but I can not think of any other thing when thinking if one proactively kills anyone. It's disgusting of me giving this example)

Consider a horse and an insect (so incomparable bodies), behead both of them. They both will fall down. We will call them dead.
Now, today we have every tool and technique in medical science to attach their heads back to their bodies with finest of the finishing... still they won't be able to talk/walk again ever. They will still be dead.
Computer ? hard disk crashed, get a new one, install another OS, good to go.

Why do us all beings are called living ?
What exactly is Living ? ... Body is living ? Why did it stop responding then ?
What was the exceptional thing in the living beings which ran out of the body and didn't come back even after fixing the bodies ?
Yes Sir, we are talking about Soul here.
If there is a Soul in the Living Being's body, and if it Leaves the body on death, there must also be a place where it leaves to ?
Yes Sir, we are talking about realms.


"Hai ghat mein, soojhe nahin, laanat aisi Jind"
"Kahe Tulsi is sansaar ko, pada motiya bind"

- Sant. Tulsi Saheb Ji

meaning: It's right their inside in between your eyes, if you can't see that ! I pity on your whole birth. I pity on the world, everyone is ill with what a great Cataract they can not see at all.


regards,
One Initiated

Thanks One Initiated,

Unfortunately, you just talk and talk and never get around to providing your specific definition for what Free Will means.


Focus, Focus.....DON'T WANDER OFF INTO THE NOISE....my friend.....PREPARE A SPECIFIC DEFINITION OF WHAT free will IS!!!!!!

Hi Roger

We will come up with very good definitions,

if you first give me a definition of "WILL"
?

777

-

777,

Found this at dictionary.com

will (noun)
1. the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: the freedom of the will.
2. power of choosing one's own actions: to have a strong or a weak will.
3. the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition: My hands are obedient to my will.
4. wish or desire: to submit against one's will.
5. purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to have the will to succeed.

----777, now submit your "very good" definitions. Don't forget to throw in your definition of freedom, as used in Free Will.

Shortly before his death Ramana Maharshi (a widely respected sage)said:

There is neither creation nor destruction
Neither destiny nor free will
Neither path nor achievement;
This is the final truth.

I thought this was germain to the conversation, but to confirm it would be presumptuous. To understand it could be liberation. However, it would follow that there is neither bondage or liberation.

So, don't worry about it.

We want to be free from whatever we imagine is holding us until we realize that freedom is imagination.

Good points......

Free Will is an expression.......a nice conversational piece......

That said, it would be interesting to see how such is defined from various persons.
Hopefully, without all the preaching.

Free will would imply that the individual can make a choice and perform an action without factors involving environment, circumstance, conditioning, the autonomic nervous system, other individuals' actions and the winds of change. It would seem free will would be impossible. There is only the appearance of free will. Destiny also seems impossible for the same reasons.

However, I once "saw" that everything was happening in a grand universal pattern that had a purpose of moving and evolving, sort of being swept inexorably by a tide toward/into and ultimately consciously merging with something I can only call a mandala of infinite facets of radiant energy as light. Trilions of galaxies are dwarfed by it. Yet, we already are that mandala and at the same time moving toward it. This is the inexplicable, wonderous mystery of life.

If that vision is true, "we" do have a destiny and it is beautiful beyond measure.

Don't worry, be happy. Whatever is bothering you now is small stuff...really small, as big as it may seem at the moment.

As Churchill once said: "If you are going through hell, just keep going through it."

For one day you will realize you are home and it is grand. Peace will envelop you forever in a second.

OK , I never preached

I even tell RS interested people to ask for it
only if they can't live without.

Many people like the advaita path of non-duality
I like the duality
I told only my objective experiences in a 1+3=4 way

Show me one comment where I preach

As for FREE WILL
it does not exist at all !

I said some time ago
that any CT-scanner including its operator knows what you will decide 6 seconds before you know yourself !

If you like 'free will' you have first to understand the RS teachings where it is stated
that once you had Free Will
But like any chess player it diminished after the first pass .............. now we are at pass 9999999999999999²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²²

ps1
When a device can see six seconds before you
it's very well possible that developed persons
can see it a year before yourself

ps2
Ramana is right for those who join him in being absorbed in the deity brahma
or even with mephisto

The Almighty is far from this kind of collection schemes
S/He wants only the here & there resulting Love

Souls are immortal
These collectors are temporary
It might be a trillion Big Bangs but it's temporary


777


Tucson, beautifully expressed..I can totally relate to it...It rings true for myself as well.Thanks Don Quixote.

Thanks Tucson,

Liked,

"Free will would imply that the individual can make a choice and perform an action without factors involving environment, circumstance, conditioning, the autonomic nervous system, other individuals' actions and the winds of change. It would seem free will would be impossible."

---This statement is very good. The possible detachment associated with choices and action performances could be pointing towards a subjective Free Will.

Free will is illusory and behavior is deterministic, but we can learn (from consequences and effects) how to modify our behavior so that it's determined more by new information than by old information. This, however, does not apply to people who resist new information that doesn't support their beliefs, i.e., religious people.

We can modify our behavior through reasoning. Reasoning is so important. Freedom found within reasoning is another fascinating topic. The deeply fanatically religious will have very little.

What we want to be free from is complete determination by the forces that undoubtedly influence us, so that we have some elbow room to "make ourselves up".

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