Are Hindus Fatalists?

There’s a conception among non-Hindus and even many Hindus that Hindus are fatalists. That whenever something, especially a non-desirable or even a bad thing, happens, it’s “destiny”, kismet. Is there any truth to it and if so to what extent? Don’t humans have freewill? What does Vedic wisdom, the preeminent foundation for Hinduism, teach? Sri Alkondavilli Govindacharya clearly addresses these questions and more, in the below series of 6 articles published in the years 1896, 1897 in the Theosophist magazine, using “modern” scientific analogies and even a mathematical equation.

  1. Predestination & Free-will (1) – What do Hindu Books Say? (September, 1896)
  2. Predestination & Free-will (2) – What do Hindu Books say? (November, 1896)
  3. Predestination & Free-will (3) – What do Hindu Books say? (January, 1897)
  4. Predestination & Free-will (4) – What do Hindu Books say? (February, 1897)
  5. Predestination & Free-will (5) – What do Hindu Books Say? (April, 1897)
  6. Predestination & Free-will (6) – What do Hindu Books Say? (May, 1897)