From the Editor's Desk
Let's say you hit the
grand Texas lottery and became a millionaire overnight, where as someone
else lost all their fortune in the stock market crash. Would you
attribute these events to destiny? If we are destined to experience such
events, who decides the course of our destiny? And how is it
Let's understand the concept of destiny.
is not something that comes down from heavens or springs up from our
birth chart. On the contrary, we create our destiny by our actions with
our free will in the past lifetimes.
God is seated within us,
and he bestows upon us the power to act. However, using our free will,
we decide what we do with that power. This is just as the utility
provider supplies power to our house. Once we have the power at home,
what we do with it is or own choice. We could operate a fan or lamp, or
heat and cool the house, as we wish. Similarly, for example, God gives
our eyes the power to see, but what we see is our own choice. We could
go to the temple and have the darshan
of the deities, or could go to a theater to watch a movie. God just
gives us the faculty of sight; he doesn't decide how we use it.
is neither the director of our actions, nor does He decree whether we
will perform a particular virtuous or evil deed. He is not
responsible either for anyone's virtuous deeds or sinful actions.
work in this regard is threefold: 1) He provides the soul with the
power to act. 2) Once we have performed actions with the power supplied
to us, He notes our actions. 3) He gives us the results of our karmas.
may ask why God grants free will to the soul. It is because "the soul
is a tiny part of God and it possesses His qualities to a minuscule
extent. God is abhigña swarāṭ (supremely independent), and so
the soul also possesses a tiny amount of independence to utilize its
senses, mind, and intellect in the manner it wishes," elucidates H. H.
Swami Mukundananda ji.
humans are bound by the law of karma, but understand the principle of
free will through the example of the bow and arrow in archery. The
accumulated stock of arrows in the archer's case slung over his shoulder is the sañchit karma. Similar to this is our stock of karmas from past endless lifetimes. A part of the sañchit karma is the prārabdh karma that we have to bear in this life. Therefore, the arrow that has just left the archer's bow is the prārabdh karma
and the arrow in the hand at the moment is kriyamāṇ karma, this is the
karma we are free to perform in this life. The archer can decide not to
use this arrow, or he can choose to use it either to protect the weak
or to harass them. Thus, while prārabdh karma is something
which cannot be undone and we have to enjoy or suffer its fruits in this
life, we have free will available in the form of kriyamāṇ karma.
here in the present moment we possess the free will to perform actions
that elevate our consciousness to sublime heights or perform actions
that degrade us to demonic existence. The choices that we make in the
face of adversity or favorable situations are ours. Hence, the
scriptures say that it is lazy people who blame destiny for their
दैव आलसी पुकारा
daiva ālasī pukārā (Rāmāyaṇ)
"While working, don't bring destiny into your mind, or it will make you lazy." If
you do, you will start running to astrologers to know what your destiny
is, rather than focusing on performing your work properly.
is a fact that there is an element of destiny; however, we possess the
freedom to act. If you are destined to win that grand Texas lottery, you
will win it. But beyond that it is your self-effort. Either you could
multiply it into ten million dollars with your hard work, or squander
it away with drinking and gambling. That is not decided by destiny;
that's your own puruśhārth, or self-effort.
For more on this topic, see Forge Your Destiny with Every Thought
Wellness for Life
Our body has a
relationship with the five elements of nature including water, earth,
air, fire, and space (sky). The constitution of these elements in our
body is proportionately different where 72% is water, 12% is earth, 6%
is air, 6% is ether, and the remaining 4% is fire. When the balance of
these elements is disturbed, the body experiences disturbance and
disease. Check out the symptoms of imbalance associated with any of
- Water: Excess mucus, cold, sinusitis, swelling of glands, edema of tissues, blood thinning or blood clotting.
- Earth: General weakness, calcium loss, obesity, high cholesterol, weight loss, and weight gain, muscular diseases.
Dryness of skin, blood pressure, lung disorder, dry cough, bloating,
constipation, lethargy, insomnia, muscular spasms, depression.
- Space: Thyroid disorders, throat problems, speech disorders, epilepsy, ear diseases, insanity.
Fever, skin diseases like inflammation, increased cold or heat in the
body, excessive sweating, hyperacidity, slow digestion and absorption of
nutrients, toxins in the body, diabetes.
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