I was asked the following question:
I was in Deep thought the other day and I couldn’t get the words of Maharishi Raman out of my head. “The ideas of purpose and responsibility are purely social in nature and are created by mind to exhort Ego. God is above all such ideas. If God is immanent in all and there is no one except him, who is responsible for whom? Creation is expression of inherent laws in the source of creation.” This just kept bring up the question, “Am I really in control of my own life? Or am I a mere puppet to be played with?”
To which I respond:
There is only karma and dharma. Both can be considered the will of God.
Karma is simple action of cause and effect… you have no free will in that arena.
Dharma is action in harmony with your nature… your true will, which is one with God. Freedom.
Dharma means action in accord with Nature. Your true nature is one with Mother Nature. Though rules of dharma exist and do have a valuable purpose, your true dharma cannot be imposed upon you. It must be discovered within you as you progress along the path of evolution.
You cannot just decide to be free… that can still be karmic. Just because you think you are free or you feel free, does not mean you are free. Most lives are more karmic than dharmic. Most people have less freedom than they think.
As you evolve, you live more dharmicly and less karmicly. The spiritual path is the path of evolution, is the path to freedom. It leads to a life lived in Oneness with God… free and unbounded.