Astroturf | We can shape our own destiny
We begin life with high hopes and aspirations, bubbling with energy, and carrying a mind-set that would know no limits, as if no target is beyond reach. Like a free bird, which is free from any geographical limitations, we all wish to make it to our dream destination unhindered. But when faced with hard realities of life, and not being able to make it unobstructed to the desired destination, we realise that life does not necessarily move to our asking. We then come under pressure and often resign to fate. But a few among us, unfazed by such challenges, are even able to create history.
The question now is: Were those who created history so destined? Or that they made a conscientious choice and then sincerely worked towards that end? Well, it is difficult to digest that history can be created by choice. But then focused efforts by choice and discrimination could lead to making history. Provided, such an endeavour ends up serving a meaningful purpose of significance for the society at large.
Let us first examine as to what makes out our destiny. Bear in mind; human beings enjoy the freedom of making choices in life. That however, is something like a double edged sword. For, it carries equal probability of use and misuse. And there is nothing like a free lunch in life. So, we become due for bearing with the consequences of choices made. We, thus, get trapped into a circuitous web of cause-effect chain. Remember, every effect is the culmination of doings in the past, and the effect, in turn, sets the ground where from the future course of events take off. This is the ground on which the concept of destiny works. If we look at this scheme of things on its face value, it would mean that our life is fated. Naturally arises the question: How can we escape the consequences of our own doing?
If, however, we look deep into the founding principle on which the concept of destiny is based, it will come out that we are not helplessly fated beyond any scope of reprieve. The choice option itself enjoins upon us with the freedom to make conscientious choice intended to not simply overcome the carryover effect of past doing. Also raise our awareness level through fresh educative inputs, which in turn, may help shape the course of destiny afresh. The paradox, however, is that seldom are people found ever using this option. But some of those few who used their choice option in this spirit, were the ones who could make history. For, even in the event of failure, they did not lose their nerve. They rather maintained calm and poise, geared up afresh, reaffirmed their resolve, and then made a fresh bid in right earnest towards the designated task. But not without identifying their inadequacies, which they acknowledged and then strived to overcome. They then, explored beyond the known, and equipped themselves adequately to strike upon even unchartered territory.
So said swami Vivekananda: “The history of the world is the history of few men who had faith in themselves. Faith calls out divinity within you; you can do everything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power.”
Truth remains that in so far as a being’s making is concerned, potentially we carry immense mind-power, which if unfolded in full, shall know no limits. The irony, however, is that being bound by cause-effect chain, we carry a very strong legacy from the past, which includes previous birth. That preconditions our mind one way or the other, depending on what short of individual specific experiences one would have had. The imprints of these experiences that mind carries from the past, defines the unique character of a being. And that finds reflection by way of our inherent mental propensities — desire trends, likes and dislikes, prejudices and obsessions, habit & attitudes, and even virtues and attributes.
That clouds our vision. Consequently, we fail to access full landscape of our mind. So, in effect, our mind-power gets compromised.
Mind it; the choice option available with us very much enjoins upon us with the privilege to self-reflect and identify our inborn fault-lines. If we acknowledge them, and then consciously work upon to free our mind from all such limitations, the best in us will emerge. This is what swamiji’s above quoted statement implies. Even astrology can prove handy in identifying our inborn traits and with a fair amount of precision.
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The writer is an astrologer, vastu consultant and spiritual counsellor. Write to him at G-102, Bharat Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi – 110 025 Tel: 91-11-49848475/9818037273 Email: email@example.com Website: www.bharatastro.com
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