Hindus/Gita CH 18 verse 60
If an act is bound to happen helplessly
against one's will, then what is the role of
Thanking you in anticipation for the clarification
The correct reading is : If one does not use his free will everything will happen helplessly.
You should not try to understand any one verse of Gita in isolation. Lord Krishna gives a message in Gita. It has to be read in its entirety. Ofcourse to read gita one has to go verse by verse. If any question arises in the mind after reading one verse normally - as in this case- the answer will be in the next verse.
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Shri Krishna says that the universe is like a gigantic video game set in motion by Ishvara. This video game is maayaa, also known as Prakriti, which is comprised of the three gunaas. By itself, maaya is insentient, it cannot do anything on its own. The eternal essence reflected in maaya adds sentience to maaya, it injects life into maaya by becoming the individual soul, the jeeva. In this way, each jeeva loses its connection with the eternal essence, and is stuck in this massive machine, this massive video game known as maaya.
So then, how can the jeeva liberate itself from this never ending video game of maaya? Does the jeeva have a chance? Is there any such thing as free will, or are we just slaves of maaya? The clue lies in the fact that maaya is subservient to Ishvara. If we only rely on maaya, if we only spend our lives attached to the material world, we will never have a chance at liberation. But if we direct our efforts towards knowing the true nature of Ishvara, towards contacting Ishvara, there may be a shot at liberation. Fortunately, he is not in some remote heaven, he is seated within us. How should we approach him? This is taken up next.