FREE WILL GIVEN TO US BY KRISHNA: Its meaning and its use when we are unable to act free!
A Girl Devotee asked like this:
“I want to know more about free will , I mean sometimes when I struck in problems due to conditional life and find no way to overcome some of the problems then feel like what is the use of free will in human form of birth. I feel that like animals I am also living a bhoga-yoni instead of Karma yoni? I heard from some of the preachers that you are free to serve but dependent when need to be served. But when we are dominated by our conditional life and dragged away from service oriented life and at the same time forced to enjoy material life then though I have free will but it’s not working then?”
KRISHNA GAVE THIS HUMAN BIRTH TO US TO COME BACK TO HIM. NOT TO ENJOY AND TAKE BIRTHS AGAIN AND AGAIN.
TO HELP IN THIS PURPOSE, HE HAS GIVEN FREE WILL TO US TO ACT.
FREE WILL MEANS THE FREEDOM TO THINK AND ACT AS WE LIKE.
A knife should be used to cut the vegetables, robes, etc. That is the purpose of the knife. If you use that knife to cut the head of a person, whose fault it is?
Similarly, though we can use this free will to remain in the material planets again and again being in a conditioned state, the real purpose of the free will is not used by most of the people.
They do not use their free will to get Krishna, but, only some material benefits.
Who is the culprit? We or Krishna?
Our free will is always within limits. Animals have some limits. Birds have some limits. Insects have some limits.
Humans have been given little more. He can think and act ONLY according to the directions of his karma account.
He can use the free will not to involve in new karma, cleanse himself and go back to Krishna. Not to erase his old karma. Old karma can be erased only with material detachment. If not, we have to take births. No other way.
Free will means, freedom to think and act. How we act depends on whether our karma allows it or not. That’s all.
We think of flying in air. It is free will. Whether we can travel by airplane or not is decided by our karma and financial status.
We can think of becoming like Ambanis. Whether we become so or not is decided by karma.
So, we can use our free will to think of getting served in Goloka. But, we can’t get it there. So, Krishna sends us to earth to enjoy that within limits according to our karma cycle. This is the secret of free will.
Using our free will is also conditional because we are the conditioned people. It is the rule of material life.
Krishna, being the Supreme Lord, could have ended the Mahabharatha war just within a second by killing all the kauravas. Or, He could have killed Duryodhana in his palace itself. Why should He go to negotiate with Duryodhana? Why should He drive the car of Arjuna for many days? Why should He make the Pandavas and Kauravas fight the war?
The reason is simple. Krishna Hiimself likes to follow the rules/ dharma of the earth whenever He visits here. He could have appeared suddenly from the sky. But, He took birth through a womb. He grew and made the Pandavas to follow all the dharma meant for the Kshatriyas. In a few places, He showed His status as the Supreme Person. But, He never used His power to kill the Kauravas. He allowed the war to happen and helped the Pandavas who sought His direct presence with them. Since Duryodhana did not prefer Krishna, but, His army only, He did so.
Lord Rama could have flied to Lanka and brought Sita devi from there. He too followed the procedure and fought war with the Ravana and brought Sita devi back.
Thus, the Lord Himself follows the system existing on earth.
Then, what about us?
Can we violate the karma system that is controlling the lives of people in this planet?
We may like to become like Ambanis. Not wrong. It is possible also if our karma account has no barriers to become so.
But, if we like to become like Krishna, will it be possible? Can we wish to get the honours that Krishna is receiving in His kingdom?
We did that there. So, Krishna mercifully dropped us here in this material world to enable us to taste the effects of getting honoured.
Here, we can’t get an unmotivated honour as received by Krishna in Goloka. All the honours we receive here are motivated by expectations of something back.
By living in this material world, we should not expect complete freedom.
Only if we pay taxes regularly, we can be free from the cases from the Tax authorities.
Similarly, only if we relieve us from the material attachments, we can taste the real bliss of athma that is our real identity.
Without becoming pure athma, how can we expect complete freedom?
When we ourselves (athmas) are in a conditioned state, our freedom, ie, free will is also conditional.
We can aim for something here. We will get a little or more based on our karma.
If we aim for Krishna, Krishna directly involves in this aim and gradually clears the hurdles that we face in our journey towards Krishna.
If we are continuously sincere in our efforts to get Krishna, Krishna makes it happen one day.
Thus, our free will is limited. We can do something here with the approval of our karma network.
If we use our free will to get Krishna, then, Krishna makes that happen.
Even after going back to Goloka, we should use our free will only to serve Krishna in whatever way we like.
If we use that free will to expect honours from others, we are sent here.
So, Krishna has given the free will ONLY TO SERVE HIM. Unless we surrender to Krishna, we can’t remain with Krishna.
Is Krishna cunning to expect us to use our free will only to serve Him?
No. Because, the natural assignment of athma is serving the Paramathma Krishna.
Since we are conditioned with material attachments, we have forgotten the real purpose of this athma who is now in the human body to serve the Lord.
When we desert attachments, we realize our real position as the servant of Krishna.
Then, we get Krishna.
Thus, our free will is meant to be used to get Krishna, not for other things.
If we use it for other things, we have to be in this material planet getting some motivated honours and defamations again and again, birth after birth.
So, use your free will to serve Krishna. It is the real purpose of your human life.
Hope you are clear now.