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Does Arjuna Have A Free Choice Arjuna is one of the two main characters in the classic Hindu religious text the Bhagavadgita or just Gita The text takes the form of a dialogue between Arjuna a warrior prince and Krishna an incarnation of Vishnu who is an aspect of the Supreme Being or God Throughout it Krishna tries to persuade Arjuna into fighting a battle against his cousins who overthrew the rightful rulers Arjuna does not know whether to fight or not as he sees a duty-duty conflict between honouring his family and obeying his social role as a warrior However when reading the Gita it becomes unclear as to whether Arjuna DOES actually have a choice when it comes to fighting or not If all our actions are caused then how can Arjuna have any free will If God knows the future and if God is omniscient then how can Arjuna have any choice as whether to fight If this is true then why does Krishna have to bother trying to persuade Arjuna at all This would imply that he DOES have some free will However the text along with some other Hindu texts provides us with some answers to this If we follow this system of belief then I believe that Arjuna has no free will as regards his physical actions but as to HOW he does something his motivation behind his actions he has a choice and this is what Krishna is trying to influence The Gita appears to be advocating the theory of free will that is now called determinism Determinism is the theory that all events are caused and therefore all future events are fixed There is no free will and therefore no choice The Gita seems to put forward at least 5 different arguments for this case Firstly there is the natural causal determinism as implied by the Hindu belief in the three gunas The
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