When you see me as different from you, you get into the idea of “This” and “That”. When there is an “Me” and “other” there is a question of “This” and “That”. In Indian philosophy we call it dvait (द्वैत) or duality. There is a whole philosophy in India on duality – Adwait Vedanta. I am neither an expert nor have I read much about the vedanta so I wont be commenting on those lines.

crossroadsWhen Maria suggested this topic, I felt this is a unique and interesting topic. However, my line of thought did not go beyond the Indian philosophy of Adwait Vedanta. The mind suddenly moved to “free will” and choices when This Vs that came to my mind.

Are we really free to make choices? Science may suggests now that our perception of free will is a kind of illusion. Perhaps, in future we would prove with big data analytics that there is no free will. I am sure we can do this with analytics as I have been involved with analytics on various levels and have personally seen what decision and output we may get when it is rightly done. So how a person would react in given situation may be predictable and the choice of “This and That” may not be the “choice” actually. Our choices are influenced by what we have been exposed to, how our mind is conditioned. I think a game of chess can explain how we make decisions – we make one decision and if that works we may say this was right. If that decision fails we may say the other option we skipped would have been better. [relevant blog here]. So the free will of This and That makes us rational individuals but that rationality is also under question.

I love how the Buddha has put things across for such kind of situations. Free will seems to be an illusion – “Go meditation”. Free will is not concerned with you. Does God exist? “Go meditation” that question is irrelevant. Though I am not Buddhist (This) nor I am staunch Hindu (That) or follower of any other religion as such but somehow I love the way The Buddha has explained his line of thought. It is “This” and “That” together – Interdependent co-arising.

This topic was suggested by Maria, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order – AshokgaelikaaLinMaxiPadmumRamana UnclejiShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

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KRD Pravin

Here I am supposed to write about myself. Professionally, I am quite serious and a workaholic; personally I am an individual who enjoys what he does and takes life as it comes. I am passionate about my work and actions and empathetically careful, attached and committed to them. All this makes me a fierce competitive professional and yet a compassionate soul, the Yin and the Yang together. Balancing is the art to be practiced using the middle path. From - http://business2buddha.com/about/

6 Comments

rummuser · July 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Tat Twam Asi.

    KRD Pravin · July 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I know “‘You’ are that”. It has not been my experience yet so I know “You” are that but how do I say the same for myself? I am not sure 🙂

shackman · July 6, 2015 at 2:45 am

It seems the Indian take on this subject is much deeper than it is here – here it is a way of saying there are multiple choices.

    KRD Pravin · July 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Agreed, in Hindi here is a saying for the same “Mulla ki daud masjid tak” literal translation is “A Priest Does Not Go Farther Than The Church”. That is how I could think of the topic of “This and That”

lin heinz · July 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Just wanted to let you know how interesting I find your blogs. So interesting I have nominated you also, as did Ramana, for a blogger award. I am at Dun-Na-Sead-Rising.blogspot.com if you wish to see it. title “this and that.”

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