Free Will

All living creations, especially animal kingdom, have free-will but limited capacity and ability.  A deer is free to drink water from crocodile infested river, but he needs to be careful else will be eaten. A human has more freedom, capacity and ability to execute on his/her free-will except that law of Karm-Karmfal should direct the behavior more towards good than evil. Most people most of the time behave well, some people sometimes behave badly. But all people do get rewards of their action [Karmfal] sometime in future, this life or future lifes.

Thus inheritantly, Free-Will and Karmfal are tied together. We will discuss more on this topic under the Karm-Karmfal section. A simple Googel search using the term "consequences of free will" returned, as usual Billions of Results in Millionth of a Second. Some are listed below:

  • PNAS Org:  describes an article titled "Belief in free will affects causal attributions when judging others’ behavior", submitted in Feb 2017. The article describes findings based on 6 experiments.
  • It postulates that free-will is not real, but conditioned due to our physical-biological-psychological condition. It describes the case of Mr. Whitman's brain tumor that caused him to kill his mother, wife and may students of his University.
  • scientificamerican: The topic here is "What Happens to a Society That Does Not Believe in Free Wıll".
  • hinduismwayoflife: This article by C.V.Rajan explains this topic from Vedic perspective.
  • indiacurrents: In this- Jan 15, 2023 article, Pradeep Srivastva gives many references from Srimad Bhagwat Gita Ji in support of free-will.
  • Swami Vivekananda on Destiny and Freewill: In this 3 minute video, Sri Lakhani of Hindu Academy of UK responds to the question- "do you believe in destiny and if you do, does it follow that the apparent choices we make on a day-to-day basis is really illusionary?".