In time you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.
These lines from Avengers: Infinity War, still shivers my whole body. Though spoken from the mouth of an EVIL, they are so deep and true, aren’t they ? They truly portray the MEANING OF LIFE.
DESTINY… What is destiny ? Is there something like destiny in reality ? Is our future already decided….? These questions have always made all of us curious from ancient times. Let us throw some light on our past.. As I belong to India and I follow Hinduism, I would like to give some references using my cultural heritage.
Destiny, as per Hinduism is best explained in the sacred BHAGAVAD GITA… the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle of Mahabharata ! The meaning of destiny as detailed in BHAGAVAD GITA… fruits of KARMA that became available to one every second of life! The crux of destiny lay in karma performed… as we sow so shall we reap… nothing less or more ! Establishing absolute control over manifesting karma in present life is what destiny is all about. What Lord Krishna said thousands of years ago, Newton proposed the same in this third LAW OF MOTION: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Karma explained in scientific terms…. 🙂
Now we know that our destiny is decided by our Karma. But, the question to ponder now is that is our DESTINY already decided by someone before we are born ?? Are we just some characters performing our role in this cosmic movie of LIFE ? Does our present have something to do with our past lives ? We, Hindus, believe in the concept of REBIRTH. God keeps track of our KARMA and after our death, HE decides our next LIFE… But if this is the case that my present life has been decided on my past life KARMA, doesn’t it mean all the things that I do now is already written somewhere ? If this is true, why should I put any efforts as my future is already decided ?
Now lets try and understand the concept of Fate, Destiny and Freewill. Somebody has rightly said “Fate is what you are given, Destiny is what you make of it”. You may call God has decided your Fate but ultimately its you and your past Karma’s which decide your Fate. You may not have control on your Past Karma’s and their results but God has given you the power to take charge of your current Karma’s which will decide your future lives. Another way of looking at is that due to past life Karma’s, though God may have decided your starting point of this life (your family, its status, your immediate environment on which you have no control) and the final destiny of your current life, however he has given you the choice to choose the path in this journey. There can always be more than one path to a destination. You can choose the path which is less bumpy, which has beautiful surroundings, lots of greenery, rivers in between. Basically this is the path of good Karma’s and this is Freewill on which you have control. Here I would like to quote the lines of Lord Krishna from the Bhagwad Gita :
कर्मणि एव अधिकार: ते |मा फलेषु कदाचन ||
मा कर्म फल हेतुर्भु: |मा ते संगोस्तु अकर्मणि ||
Thus there are four commandments which means:-
You have right to action. You do not have right to outcome.(therefore) don’t act to rightfully claim desired outcome. (and also) do not resort to inaction.
So we know that our final outcome of Life is already decided and even we could know our future, we cannot change it. That is going to happen anyways. For a moment, let’s forget what is written in the sacred texts. Let us look at our LIFE. We face similar kind of situations every day where even when we want something to happen, it doesn’t. Let us look through our past and our sufferings. If we hadn’t faced those, were we be the same as we are today in present ? It is rightly said: ” Man proposes, God disposes.”
So as Master Oogway told, let us forget about what our FATE will be and what is written in the book of our LIFE. Let us live in the PRESENT. There is a saying:-
Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, but Today is a GIFT….That is why it is called the PRESENT…
Hope you like my post. I am eager to listen you views on the same. See u soon… 🙂