Hindus/are we robots?
If we take actions/decisions based on our preferences and knowledge
only, are we like the robots that act based on available data
and gain further data and conclusions in the process?
Are our actions then deterministic?
Is this the reason why we are neither the doer nor enjoyer?
We are not robots. We have a free will to do whatever we want. When we study scriptures systematically and consistently under a teacher for a length of time we will understand that our free will is same as God's will. Only when we understand this we will know that we neither the doer nor enjoyer. UNTIL THEN please do not attempt to know the reason why we are neither the doer nor enjoyer. It is IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYONE to comprehend this without systematic study.
Certainly our actions are NOT deterministic. You DECIDE YOUR FUTURE. Excerpts from my book Gita for Joyful Living (http://www.scribd.com/doc/8146755/Gita-for-Joyful-Living-Part-II
) is given below.
Thanks for asking this question. Will be glad to provide more explanations if you require.
Lesson 8: Quality of life
We are fully responsible for the quality of life that we lead. No one other than us is responsible for our life.
Quality of life depends on the quality of the results of our action
Quality of the results depends on the quality of our action
Quality of the action depends on the quality of the attitude
Quality of the attitude depends on the quality of the knowledge
Quality of our knowledge depends on the quality of faith.
Quality of the faith depends on the quality of our mind
Quality of the mind can be improved through improving Aura Element
Teaching 145: Quality of life depends on the dominance of Aura in our mind
Lord Krishna suggests following practices with regard to food, work, penance and austerity to make Aura Element dominant.
1. Practices with respect to food
Since food always comes from a living source, it is also classified according to the dominance of AEM. We should eat Aura dominant food, limit the Energy food and avoid Matter dominant food.
We should eat in moderation. The solid parts of the food should fill half the stomach. Water should fill a quarter. Remaining quarter should be for air, meaning it should be left empty. We should stop eating when we have enough space in our stomach, to eat a full meal again.
We should eat only when are hungry and stop eating while we are still hungry
We should develop a routine in which we eat at a fixed time of the day.
Teaching 146: Eat Aura dominant food in moderation at regular intervals
2. Practices with respect to work
We should do the duty as worship.
We should work in the chosen profession according to the prescribed rules and regulations.
We should adhere to Dharma at all times.
We should work without focusing on the benefit that we may get.
We should do our work with concentration with an aim to achieve perfection in the work.
Teaching 147: Work is worship. Try to achieve perfection in the chosen profession.
3. Practices with respect to austerity
We should voluntarily take up austerity practices for gaining control over our mind, sense organs and the action organs. For example, if we like to eat sweet, we should abstain from it for a specific period.
We should not hurt ourselves in the name of penance or austerity. These are to be practiced within limits. The objective is to gain strength and not to lose strength.
We should attempt penance or austerity practices with respect to physical, words and mind in that order.
Teaching 148: Practice austerity with respect to deeds, words and thoughts
It is easier to do physical austerity compared to doing austerity with respect to words and thoughts. Mental austerity is the most difficult to achieve. Therefore, we should begin the practice of austerity with respect to the physical level then move up to words and then finally to thought level.
Examples are given below:
Offering prayer to god regularly for a fixed duration
Doing service for elders and wise
Keep everything clean and well organized.
Keep up all the promises made
Refrain from hurting others by action
Going on a pilgrimage by walk
Always speak the truth
We should speak softly
We should speak only those words, which is good for self and others.
Avoid harsh words and do not hurt anyone through words
Not talking for a day or a fixed number of hours.
Entertain good thoughts and avoid evil thoughts
Forgiving and forgetting others mistakes
Do not curse anyone
4. Practices with respect to charity
Charity is the practice for renunciation. Sharing what we have, giving without even using it for self, giving up mentally all our possessions are steps to understand that everything belongs to God.
Teaching 149: Giving charity and helping others increases Aura in us.
People, who are greedy, would like to own up everything. This strengthens their ego. In order to surrender the ego first we need to surrender our possessions.
Teaching 150: Aura dominant person will attain Brahman and live joyfully