Are souls puppets in God’s hands?


If souls are God’s inert instruments, does
it not violate their freedom and make it unfair to punish souls for their sins? November 30, 2018 Shri Krishnaraj.V.S wrote:
Dear Sir, With reference to the above message, i would
like to seek clarification for the following: The reply by Swami is, Quote “The real Speaker
is God Datta alone. The audience has awareness just like the Speaker. The only inert or ignorant instrument in between
God Datta and His live audience is Myself, who lacks even a trace of knowledge.”Unquote
Most spiritual books and gurus say on similar lines that man should consider himself as
an instrument of God. The above logic raised a question for which
I could not get a convincing answer. The question is, if man should only be an
instrument, then what is the purpose of his creation ? If anything good or bad happens,
should he attribute the same to God and refrain from exhibiting his emotions? Should he be only a puppet and suppress his
emotions? Why I am raising this point is that, most
discussions /forums put forth the view that god has given freedom because, he doesn’t
want humans to be programmed dolls. If god has given really freedom to humans,
then what is the point in humans thinking that they are mere instruments of god. Thinking us as mere instruments imply that
our freedom is not real freedom. 1. If the freedom we are enjoying is not real
freedom, god can as well make us dolls so that evils are totally curbed. The point is, god wants us to be mere instruments
and also make us to suffer by allowing evil. This is not just. 2. Assuming ourselves as mere instruments will
not hold good in practical life. If a person commits a sin and if he says that,
i am merely an instrument and god should be held responsible, will it be acceptable in
court of law? For me above mentioned points deter to think
that we should be mere instruments of god. I may be wrong also. If I am wrong , kindly clarify what could
be correct? Regards, Krishnaraj.V.S]
Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants of God! The source of your question is the confusion
between nivṛtti (divine life) and pravṛtti (worldly life). The statement given by Me is related to nivṛtti
and not to pravṛtti. Freedom is given to all human souls, who are
responsible for freely choosing to perform good deeds or bad deeds in pravṛtti (Svabhāvastu
pravartate—Gītā). Even here, God preaches to the souls through
ethical scriptures and also directly in the form of Human Incarnations. His preaching clearly describes which deeds
are good and which are bad. In pravṛtti, the human being takes the credit
for the fruits of his good deeds, and tries to throw the blame for the fruits of his bad
deeds on God! Pravṛtti belongs to all of humanity whereas
nivṛtti belongs to an extremely small number of climax devotees to God, who have surrendered
to God totally (Tameva śaraṇam gaccha—Gītā). Especially, when divine work of God is to
be done by a climax devotee such as delivering excellent spiritual knowledge, God merges
with that climax devotee and generates that excellent spiritual knowledge through that
devotee. Here, the planning of the divine program (saṅkalpa),
choosing the appropriate direction in its execution, and providing the energy for doing
the work, are all actually done by God alone since it is entirely God’s work. God does His own work through that climax
devotee and gives the credit to His climax devotee. The climax devotee in turn always passes on
this entire credit back to God since the real credit belongs only to God. The climax devotee always says that he or
she is a total zero whereas God is the all-in-all in such divine work. This point which applies only to the extremely
small number of exceptional devotees cannot be extended to all the other general human
beings. In pravṛtti, while doing a good deed or
a bad deed, the planning of the action, and choosing the direction for how it is to be
executed, are done by the human being. Only the energy required for the work is supplied
by God. A simile for this is that God is like the
horse taking you to any place as desired by you. The horse merely provides the energy for the
journey by doing the work of pulling the cart. This simile comes from the Veda which says
“Abadhnan puruṣaṁ paśum”. The planning and choosing the direction in
doing the work is your responsibility alone. You may choose to go to a forest and get robbed
or you may choose to go to a city in which your friends live, and enjoy happiness. The fruit of the work depends on your planning,
and the direction chosen by you in executing the work. Hence, the fruit goes to you alone, and not
to the horse. In pravṛtti, the horse (God) only acts like
inert energy. You have complete freedom in planning and
deciding the direction of the work. You have not given a chance for the horse
to contribute to the planning and choosing the direction. Hence, you are responsible for the good and
bad fruits of the work done as per your choice. In the case of the climax nivṛtti devotee,
he or she has surrendered to the horse (God) in all the three steps of planning the work,
choosing the direction, and obtaining energy for performing it. You cannot mix the cases of climax devotees
with the other general human beings and arrive at confused conclusions. The teacher teaches the lesson to all in the
class without any partiality. If the majority of students in the class are
undisciplined, they may fail. A few disciplined students will pass the examination. You cannot mix the cases of both the disciplined
and undisciplined students, and arrive at a common conclusion. The freedom of choice too was given by God
to souls since the souls were bored after living in continuous discipline for a long
time during the Kṛta Yuga. By giving them freedom, the divine Father
made all souls, who are His children happy. At the same time, in the interest of the welfare
of His children, He has taken all necessary steps to guide them on the right path. He has guided humanity by giving the ethical
scriptures. Moreover, He preaches the true spiritual knowledge
to humanity directly by coming in the form of Human Incarnations in every generation. Under these circumstances, if one blames God,
it is only the climax of ignorance!

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