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Thank you very much prabhuji, I had tried finding articles on your blog but couldn’t, I didn’t search in the presentations.
The presentation is wonderful and very elaborately answered the question. I wanted to ask few things in that, in the slide 13 it is mentioned ‘free will exists only when true religion is practiced’
1. Does this true religion include apara dharma?
2. How do we get the freedom to practice true religion, astrologers say that is deterministic(the opportunities to practice)
3. Can those who are free give freedom to those who are bound?(i.e. can they provide the freedom to practice true religion even though it was not deterministically there in there fortune)
ok Prabhuji, it is quite clear already, just was working on the detail. Thanks for the explanation again.March 30, 2022 at 11:01 am in reply to: Why is the Absolute Referred as Formless and Nameless? #13874
Thank you very much, this had always been a very tough thing for me to understand. Although I had heard this ‘non dual’ principle in your books earlier, in this context it clarifies even further.
Thank you it makes more sense now, with regards to 2. the ‘bag of bodies’ you had written
“The bag is fixed, but which bodies will be manifest out of this bag is not fixed. For example, some people drink alcohol, because there is a drunken body in the bag. Then, some of them quit alcohol, because there is a sober body in the bag too. But some people cannot quit, even if they try very hard, because that sober body is absent from the bag. Likewise, many people never take to drinking, because there is no drunken body in the bag of possible bodies. The bag limits the possibilities but does not fix the body. Due to this limitation, we can say what life with certainty, but we cannot say what it will be ”
I have watched the video, there the bag of bodies seems to be just the states in terms of boyhood etc, but in the passage quoted above you’ve included ‘sober state’ and ‘drunken state’ also in this, I still cannot understand what does it mean that the possibilities are limited by the deha, because usually drukenness of a person or the soberness depends on the prarabdha, which includes the mental states we manifest with time(this can be seen by jyotisha too)
- This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by Sri Vasudeva Das.
Thank you very much I can appreciate now. You’ve changed the perspective of viewing this.
Thank you so much, its is just amazing that you gave such a thoughtful and detailed reply so quick.
I just had further clarifications
1. Isn’t Kriyamana karma our current choices and acts, rather than the reactions?
2. I have read earlier too ‘the bag of bodies’ can you put it in a Vedic perspective, so that it can be helpful to understand.
3. By ‘trying to escape’ karma what all is covered, do the remedies we seek via modern medicines etc part of this.
The details you have provided are so solacing with respect to the personal nature of karma and bhakti as well.