Here is a clear
affirmation of Free Will and responsibility and ample proof that Vedanta is not fatalism.
Let no one say to himself that this schedule of conduct is not for
him who is an ordinary man, but for saints and sages. Even a little effort in this
direction, assures the Gita, will yield great fruit.
There is no waste in this. It is not like the rule of
medicine by which if one fails to follow the pre scribed diet in any respect; the medicine
not only does no good but also does harm. There is no such danger arising out of
defeats and imperfections in following the discipline herein taught. Even a very little
effort in following this rule will protect one from great evil. -Gita II-40
The Gita lies down and repeatedly emphasizes an important
warning: Do not be tempted by philosophy to in action.
Thy business is with action only, never with its fruits; so
let not the fruit of action be thy motive, nor be thou to inaction attached. -Gita 11-47