Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 63
By H.G. Chaitanya Charan Das
People sometimes resent scriptural guidance: “If I am constantly told to do this and to not do that, won’t that take away my freedom of choice?”
Not at all.
The Bhagavad-gita acknowledges our freedom of choice and exhorts us to exercise that freedom. It (18.63) urges us to deliberate deeply on its message and then act according to our desire. So the Gita is not about depriving us of our freedom, but about deliberating before the exercise of freedom. Such deliberation is recommended by thinkers in today’s democratic world; they urge people to thoughtfully evaluate all the candidates before casting their vote.
If we compare life with an election, then we cast our vote at each moment by the way we choose to spend that moment. Significantly, the Gita doesn’t just urge thoughtful evaluation of the available options for our vote; it also introduces to us an option that frequently remains unknown — the spiritual option.