Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

If God is the Ultimate Cause, Why am I Held Responsible for my Actions?

By on September 28, 2010 in Life with 85 Comments

God's pupetQuestion to Radhanath Swami: According to the Bhagavad Gita we are not the doers. Whatever is done is done by Lord Krishna. Then why are we affected by laws of karma?

Radhanath Swami: We can’t do anything without God’s help. We cannot see or even breathe without God’s help. So how could we take credit for what we do?

However, we are responsible for what we do with whatever God provides us with. God tells us in the Bhagvad Gita, he tells us in the Quran, he tells us in the Bible, and he tells us through the sages what he wants us to do with what he has given us. But if we do the opposite, we act as instruments of our envy and our ego and we are using God’s energies in the service of our own envy and our own ego. And we will be held responsible for it.

Let’s take a hypothetical case for an example. Suppose your mother gives you one million dollars and tells you to give it in charity. But you use that money to buy heroin instead, and then try to make ten million by selling that. Somehow you get caught and you are brought to the judge. The judge gives you thirty years of imprisonment. Then, you can’t say, “I am not the doer, my mother is the doer. Because it wasn’t my money, it was her money.”

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