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13 Apr 2017
Out of his own nature and in conformity with the universal plan, a stream of influences flows over him out of the past and forces his acts and thoughts to take a certain direction. He may believe that he is following this direction quite independently and freely. In this incapacity to see how limited is his present freedom lies his subtlest illusion.
27 Apr 2014
His moral response to a happening, as also his mental attitude toward it and emotional bearing under it, are largely free. It is in this realm, moreover, that important possibilities of further spiritual growth or else materialistic hardening are available. He may renew inner strength or fall back into sensual weakness.
13 Mar 2021
Hemmed in as he is by inheritances not only from his personal past history but also from society's, it would be futile to talk of having complete freedom of choice. But it would be an error in thought and conduct to behave as if he had no freedom at all. Some measure of it does exist, since in most of his situations, if not in all, he is always faced with at least two possible lines of choice—a higher and a lower one.
9 Jan 2019
Freedom is not in itself a good or bad thing; the way it is used, whether wisely or recklessly, will determine its value.
13 May 2020
If you demand freedom you must accept the responsibility which accompanies it. This is not only a human and social law but also a divine and karmic law.
19 Jan 2019
The really determined spiritual man has more powers of free will than others--powers to mold his life and to offset his karma and to create good karma to wipe out threatening or existing bad karma.
7 Dec 2020
Man is forced in the end by life itself to undertake disciplines he resents or resists. The neophyte in philosophy, for the sake of his own personal development, anticipates them, accepts them, and co-operates with them.
18 May 2015
Who possesses complete independence? Who has all the freedom he wants? Who is able to make his choices freely, unaffected by his circumstances, by social pressure, by events, or by heredity? The answer, of course, is no one. But, to the extent that anyone learns to control his thoughts, to become master of himself, he begins to control his fate.
8 Feb 2021
The destiny of an entire lifetime may be set by a single mistake, itself the consequence of ungoverned emotion or passion.
25 May 2018
Fate hands him the opportunities and the difficulties: what he does with them is his choice, for which he is responsible.
4 Aug 2012
There is a shorter and better way to practical wisdom. What the ordinary man arrives at only after the several events of long years, the wiser one will arrive at earlier by intuition and reflection.
3 Mar 2013
... There is no room for a hopeless fatalism in this teaching. Destiny is alterable. It is made more pleasurable by our good deeds, more bearable by our wise decisions, more painful by our bad deeds, and more unbearable by our foolish decisions.
5 Mar 2016
The man who wins is the man whose dice are loaded with invincible optimism, with unfailing effort, and with creative thought.
18 May 2020
… Man is intended to grow up into consciousness of his Godlike essence, and through that into joyful co-operation with God and deliberate participation with God's World-Idea.
2 Oct 2015
A man's attitude toward the question of free will changes after he has surrendered to the Overself. It has to change. For henceforth he is to be loyal not to the ego's desires but to the Overself's injunctions. If the two coincide, it is well and pleasant for him. If not, and he obeys his higher self as he must, then it can no longer be said that he has full freedom of will. But neither can it be said that he has not. For the Overself is in him, not outside, not something alien and apart; it is indeed himself at his best and highest level…
16 Sep 2012
In the end the only freedom we have is to conform to the order of the universe and be what we have the possibility of being, and that is to move upward, transcend the little ego, and discover the hidden greatness of Overself.
13 Sep 2012
... I am conscious of the truth, for I have been lifted like a babe out of all anxiety for the future, all regret for the past. In the spiritual self, I feel a timeless life: I breathe the calm air of the Eternal. I feel safe and I could not worry even if I wanted to…
24 Sep 2016
The infinite wisdom of the World-Mind is behind the world and rules its course, which is not left to the accidents of chance.
4 Oct 2015
... The ego is surrounded by truth and goodness. Why not reach out and up to the Overself?