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This creation is the result of Isvara’s Eshana-Matra. Nothing less than or beyond that Eshana can happen....

Isvara is not ordaining things all the time; else He would
be too busy. This means determinism which leaves very little scope for individual effort.

The notion that Isvara ordains things only sometimes and not always and that He would
be too busy if He ordains things all the time is a puerile one. Isvara can look to everything at one
stroke of His Being. There is no such thing as His ‘being too busy’, for He is not like man, using
his senses for the purpose of acting. Isvara does not act with a changing mind as man does, for
Isvara’s action is inseparable from an undivided, ever-vigilant, all-powerful, all-pervading
Consciousness which neither sleeps nor takes rest. Isvara is essentially this sovereign
Consciousness itself. The whole universe is determined by Isvara’s creative Will. But this is no
determinism in the sense of a denial of free will to man. Man has a comparatively clear
consciousness of himself and of others related to him outside, and he is possessed of the power of
discrimination and willing. Isvara is the basis of cosmic activity as well as individual action, and
yet, He is not involved in the actions of the individual. To Isvara, everything is determined. The
past, the present and the future are all Isvara’s Being alone. But from the individual’s own
limited standpoint, there is, in spite of the fact of a changeless universal law, a sort of apparent
freedom of action imposed upon himself by his own individuality. Though the individual’s
freedom of thought and action is not the final truth about it, it assumes a relative importance and
begins to affect the individual with its reactions, as a result of the individual’s notion of the
reality of a limited personality and its thoughts and actions. On account of this self-created
bondage the Jiva suffers and this suffering comes to an end the moment the Jiva realizes its
identity with Isvara in consciousness, in activity and in its very existence itself.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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