(The figure is just symbolic, it is not our experiment, taken from Wiki)
The Nature is filled with mysteries at all level of manifestation. When the science started, I mean when we start to model the behavior mathematically and started experimenting on our observation, there have been many questions that philosophers and spiritualists have formulated which were not answered. And, among many such questions which are still standing unanswered, the question of Free-will is one of them. When we look into the behavior of human being we find many interesting and amazing phenomena which are still an unsolved mysteries even after the progress of neuro-science. Many thinks the human behavior is tightly programmed and there is no such thing as free-will. There have been certain neuro-scientific evidence which seemingly suggest that there is no such third entity as free-will, it is the input and output learning system of our brain that is responsible for our next course of decision and action. Whereas there are other theories and experiments suggest that there is indeed a third entity apart from our brain and nature. The third entity is partly responsible for our decision making and action. It is a free-will of an individual which is a separate entity than brain.
The Vedic literature gives a greater detail about the free-will which plays a very very important role in our (living entity) life. Free-will according to the scripture is a fundamental properties of soul. So, it is by nature a spirit, it is not a matter. The free-will that we are having is a synchronized free-will. Hence, it is not random, however, it is subjective. It is synchronized free-will because of the fact that it acts with reference to material nature or spiritual nature. When it acts in accordance with the material nature, it is to be understood that it is in synch with the material nature, whereas when it acts in accordance with the spiritual nature, it is to be understood that it in synchronized with spiritual nature. Therefore, according to Vedic concept it always acts with reference to the either Material Nature or Spiritual Nature. Another behavior of the free-will can be explained with respect to subjectivity. The subjectivity comes from the unique nature of each individual living entity. Therefore, a free-will can termed as subjective synchronized free-will.
We will discuss in further detail in the next article.
Jaynarayan Tudu, Tirupati, India