Perfect Freedom Is Not Free Will

The Aletheon - by Avatar Adi Da Samraj
An Essay from The Aletheon
by Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Perfect Freedom Is Not Free Will

There is no intrinsically free will.

There is no free ego.

Indeed, the ego-“I” is (itself) intrinsically and always pattern-bound, un-free, and always only seeking to be free.

The ego-“I” never achieves—nor can the ego-“I” in fact achieve—either free will or freedom itself.

The would-be-active agent (or ego-“I”) wills itself to act only because (or when and if) it is stimulated to do so by a pattern of conditionally apparent circumstances in space and time.

The would-be-active agent (or egoic will to act) is always “caused” to act, by the stimulating “effect” of one or another kind, or mode, or state of conditionally evident pattern-context.

Therefore, the ego-“I”, or would-be-active agent, is not primary, or self-existing, or intrinsically free—but the would-be-active agent (or ego-“I”) is (intrinsically and necessarily) an “effect”, or a secondary, subsequent, merely “caused”, and always limited (or intrinsically non-free) agent.

Indeed, the ego-“I” (or the would-be-active and will-based agent) is not a separate entity—but the ego-“I” is (itself) entirely and only a pattern.

The ego-“I” is a secondary and subordinate pattern within a larger pattern—a comprehensive pattern of totality and particularity, upon which the ego-“I” depends, and which is, itself, the “cause” of the reaction that is ego-“I” itself.

There is no independent ego-“entity”, no separate and absolute ego-“I”—no intrinsically free agent of conditional action.

The existing (or conditionally evident) pattern always pre-determines the options of the would-be-active agent (or ego-“I”).

Therefore, the willful ego-“I” cannot act as an independent (and, thus, free) agent, actively prior to the pattern in which it would (or, potentially, could) act—because the pattern-bound ego-“I” can only react to pattern itself.

The willful ego-“I” can only act as a pattern within a pattern.

The willful ego-“I” can choose among conditionally evident options—but the willful ego-“I” is able to make choices only as a pre-patterned (or condition-limited and pre-conditioned) agent of pattern itself.

Therefore, the always only pattern-reactive egoic will to act is not (and cannot be) free will.

Fundamentally, the ego-“I” is a pattern-slave—or a pattern-impulsed subordinate element within a larger (or comprehensive) and choice-programmed (and even largely choice-determining) pattern-context.

The pattern itself always “plays” (or, in effect, “enacts”) the egoic agent, within an always pre-determined (or pattern-determined) and intrinsically limited field of options.    

In any moment or circumstance (or space-time context), the egoic agent can only choose one of the given (or pattern-evident) options—and the (necessarily) always pattern-particular choice determines the available action-pattern for the next moment and circumstance of options and choices.

No matter what choice or action the ego-“I” makes in any moment, it is always the pattern itself that continues—whereas the ego-“I” itself is always (and intrinsically) mutable and threatened, and, at last, it is mortally terminated by the pattern itself.

It is always contextually self-evident (or existentially obvious) to the ego-“I” that pattern (itself) can never be “finally” escaped, dominated, or cancelled by the will and activity of the ego-“I” (or would-be-active agent).

Therefore, from the “point of view” of the conditionally (and always in-reaction-to-pattern) arising ego-“I”, it is intrinsically self-evident in the context of any and all conditionally arising “experience” that, while choosing among pattern-evident options may (even absurdly) continue to be possible (and more or less necessary) for an indefinite life-period of time, the only “final” option for the egoic agent is to either “self”-destruct or remain inert—because pattern itself is inexorable.

Suicide and utter passivity (or complete submission to the pattern-enforced conventions of evident conditionality) are the only “final”—and, in any case, merely and entirely reactive, seeking, enslaved, and utterly ego-bound—options for the intrinsically pattern-bound ego-“I”.

However, there Is Always A Perfect Option—Which is neither ego-bound, nor pattern-bound, nor reactive in and to the intrinsic dilemma of ego-versus-pattern here.

The only Perfect Option is to transcend pattern itself, by searchless (or will-less) “self”-understanding (or circumspect comprehension of the total context of “self”-and-pattern) and (thereupon) by the intrinsic transcending of the “self”-identity of “active agent”—or the ego-“I” of “point of view” and of the pattern-stimulated will to act.

The only Perfect Option is egolessness itself—intrinsically transcending all pattern-bondage and all seeking for freedom itself.

The only Perfect Freedom Is Intrinsic egolessness—The Reality-State That Is Always Already Prior to both pattern and action.

Therefore, you cannot, by any kind or mode or time or place of will and action become free.

You can only Be Free.

So Be It.

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