The Consequences of Free Will and Mind

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The Consequences of Free Will and Mind
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 August 16
Place Patna
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
Location in Sarkarverse
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The Consequences of Free Will and Mind is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. This discourse is the twelfth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1.[1]


An animal lives and acts according to the rules of Parama Purusa and according to its inborn instincts. On the the other hand, human being has developed mind. whatever he does, he does according to his will and mental force. So, according to Anandamurti[1]

. . . if a man does not utilize his developed mind, he will be worse than an animal.

Then Anandamurti discusses pápa and pratyaváya. He tells that a thing which should not be done, if done, is called "pápa" and one thing that which should be done, if not done, is called “pratyaváya.” The collective name of pápa and pratyaváya is "pátaka." A pátakii may be saved if he tries to forget and leave whatever has been done and starts his journey to the path of spirituality.[1]

There are two more forms of a pátakii— atipátakii and mahápátakii. One who has done permanent physical or mental damage to a particular person is called atipátakii and a mahápátakii commits sins of recurring nature. The best way for an atipátakii is to sacrifice his personal pleasure and involve himself for the welfare of mankind, on the other hand, a mahápátakii has to sacrifice his life for the welfare of humanity.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1 
Preceded by
He Is Everything
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
With: The Consequences of Free Will and Mind
Succeeded by
Leaving Bondage