Choice & Potentiality
Choice & Free Will
Power of Choice
Questions and Replies
This question, and a series of replies from a variety of
different teachers, will be included in the 2001 issue of
Kriben Pillay's annual Noumenon journal.
There appear to be two schools of thought relative to
the issue of free will. One is like J. Krishnamurti's,
which implies we have a kind of free will which we can
use to break through delusion, and the other is like
Balsekar's, which says there is no free will and that
all is pre-determined, even the desire to break through.
Somehow, my gut instinct tells me that Life is like an
improvisation rather than a fixed script, and while I
once had a powerful experience of being lived by Life,
it still felt like an improvisation, a potential rather
than a fixed plan. This also accords with quantum physics.
What is your view of this issue?
I am not free not to see
what I have already seen --
and yet, within this Seeing
lies absolute freedom!
"We cannot help breathing,
and yet it seems that
breath is under our control;
we both breathe and are breathed."
-- Alan Watts
"The blue mountains are of themselves
The white clouds are of themselves
white clouds." -- Zenrin Kushu
Is this freedom or destiny?
I say, ask the blue mountains;
ask the white clouds.
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