Common Misconceptions: Who's the doer?

                                                                  Q. "One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees". Why is it said that the self does nothing and that the body is the doer?

                                                                  The soul is being carried on the machine (yantra) of prakrti, or material energy, like a chariot carries a passenger. The body is performing activities, or prakrti is the performer, not the soul.

                                                                  Q. As it said in Bhagawad geeta Ch 3 Text 27 everything is under the control of three modes of nature or the Supreme Lord we under the false ego think that we are the doers. not even a blade of grass move without His will. Bg. Ch 18 Text 14 also says in 5 things are require for any action to be done and in that the doer is one of them. my question is that than how the free will works? if any thing good or bad happens how is the doer responsible for that particuler act since everything is controlled by Krsna. second question is that do we get our modes according to our previous karma and that mode forces us to do particular kind of karma.

                                                                  Q. 1. I'm wondering how individual free will factors into the verses and purports describing the species of demoniac life. Specifically BG 16.19 - 20.

                                                                  Srila Prabhupada's purport states:
                                                                  "In this verse it is clearly indicated that the placing of a Particular individual soul in a particular body is the prerogative of the supreme will."

                                                                  "As for the demoniac, it is clearly said here that they are perpetually put into the wombs of demons, and thus they continue to be envious, the lowest of mankind."

                                                                  Q. I was reading the Bhagavad Gita and I am not able to understand something which I feel like there is a contradiction. Please help me dispel my doubt.

                                                                  Q. 1.  Lord Krishna is explaining in 10th chapter that he is the creator of everything. I have serious doubts of who is the doer.

                                                                  BG 10.2: Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, control of the senses, control of the mind, happiness and distress, birth, death, fear, fearlessness, nonviolence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity, charity, fame and infamy — all these various qualities of living beings are created by Me alone.

                                                                  Q. In the Gita verse 2.47 ("Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities..."), does it mean that we are not the producers of our results? Does the sanskrit word "hetuh" = "cause"
                                                                  essentially mean the "producer" or does it imply something else?

                                                                  Yes,  BG 2.47 says precisely what He means to say: the jiva is not the cause of the results of activities.

                                                                  Please carefully read BG 5.14