Originally posted on The Inner Way:

While I was away, a friend left me a copy of Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass. I probably should have taken that as cue to read it right away, but it sat on my nightstand for several weeks. Yet now that I’ve picked it up, I’m finding the book overflowing with valuable and insightful lessons.

A master storyteller, Ram Dass retells tales from the Gita making them relevant to our everyday lives, sprinkling in a heavy dose of anecdotes, many of them humorous personal reflections on his own pursuit of spiritual happiness. One passage that really got me thinking was about the choice between free will and predetermination. Put simply, it begs the question:

Do you really call the shots or does God have a predetermined plan for you?

Ram Dass points out that we’re used to answering this question in an absolute manner. We…

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