Monday, February 8, 2016

What is the relation between my freewill and God's will

The following talk takes up various problems which plague philosophers and theologians – Divine Omniscience and freewill; natural laws and divine activity; personal God and impersonal; and yet the tone of the answer shows that Bhagavan considers it of rather secondary importance.

Devotee: What is the relation between my freewill and the overshadowing might of the Omnipotent?
(a) Is the Omnipotence of God consistent with the ego’s free-will?
(b) Is the Omniscience of God consistent with the ego’s freewill?
(c) Are natural laws consistent with God’s freewill?

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi: Yes. Freewill is the present appearing to a limited faculty of sight and will. That same ego sees its past activity as falling into a course of ‘law’ or rules – its own freewill being one of the links in the course of law. The Omnipotence and Omniscience of God are then seen by the ego to have acted through the appearance of his own freewill. So he comes to the conclusion that the ego must go by appearances. Natural laws are manifestations of God’s will and they have been laid down.

Source: Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi in his own words – Arthur Osborne

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