Free-will: Scope of Free-will

                                                                  Q. In a recent lecture I heard the following explanation: "Our bodies are not ours, even our soul is not something we can claim to be ours, since the soul is directly an energy of Krishna. The only thing which we can claim to be ours is our relationship with Krishna." Does this mean that, similarly, our free will is the only thing which is ours (that too being given by Krishna)? We can use our free will to come closer to or go further away from our relationship with Krishna. Can we infer it like this also?

                                                                  Q. Is the choice of our spouse predestined by karma (are marriages made in "heaven")? Is it predestined by God? Does my free-will have a role in such a choice?

                                                                  If I like one person and am neutral towards another, how do I make a decision that is best? Should I simply surrender to God and let God decide - is such surrender cowardice or escapism? If God will make a decision, how does God decide in such situations - will God take my preferences into account?

                                                                  Q. Why is our free-will infinitesimally smaller compared to the Supreme free-will?

                                                                  Because we are infinitesimal. The Lord is vibhu, or Great, whereas we are anu, or tiny. Just as a drop of ocean contains much of the same chemicals as the ocean does but in minute quantity, similarly, as minute parts and parcels of the Infinite Lord, we possess in minute quantities all the qualities of the Lord, one of them being His Supreme free-will or independence.

                                                                  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. My question refers to the digest entitled, "Remembering Sufferings from Past Lives".  In your answers to questions #1 and #2, I couldn't understand what your position was on the connection between remembering our past misdeeds and ceasing similar, future misdeeds.  So, would you please reconcile what appeared to be a contradiction?