|Vedanta is a
philosophy of evolution. The universe, living and non-living, is a manifestation of
Brahman. The destiny of all things is change-never for an instant does anything in nature
stand stilland the individual soul is no exception.
The philosophy of life for the individual soul is to march from good to better by
conscious effort from day to day and, birth to birth. This necessarily postulates free
will, without which there can be no moral responsibility. A multitude of texts can
be quoted insisting on mans mastery over his own future.
The seeker is exhorted "to grasp the mighty bow of the
Upanishads, make of his own soul the arrow sharpened by worship, and shoot himself into
the Brahman so that the arrow becomes one with the target."