DESTINY – FATE – FORTUNE – THE WAY

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DESTINY – FATE – FORTUNE – THE WAY

 

Stone: Phantom Rock Crystal

The Mantra: Om Satyam Bhaagya Deemahi

 

The Key:

 

As generally understood, destiny is related only to the surface

of our being, our body and mind,

not to what we really are.

 

Find the true destiny of your inner being, which is always

a much more exalted one.

 

a) Mère goes to the very core of the issue:

 

Ultimately it is the Supreme Lord who has ineluctably decreed

the place you occupy in the universal concert,

 

but whatever be this place you have equally the same right

as all others to ascend the supreme summits

right to the Supramental Realization.

 

To which extent do you really want to ascend the supreme summit of the Supramental Realization?

The way that James Hillman put it is:

 

Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny.

 

As the force of fate, this image acts as a personal daimon,

an accompanying guide who remembers your calling.

 

But in this sense

 

more than destiny it is the Mission of the Soul.

 

How can we become aware of our true destiny?

The best way is

 

by doing the Divine’s Work here on earth, helping, healing and beginning

to awake those still in a deep slumber rather than just satisfying

our ephemeral desires and inclinations.

 

Rumihad the right attitude:

 

Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel –
I am the carpenter of my own soul.

What do you do with your destiny?

 

b) Finding our true destiny requires letting go

of all our conditionings and expectations.

 

For example, let us say that the true destiny of Mr. X is to become a great painter and express a particular form of beauty never quite manifested before, but if as a child he had been conditioned to believe that he ought become a doctor, to dedicate his life to others through social work , or whatever else,

 

he may easily miss out on his true destiny

and have to wait for a next life to fulfill it.

 

When Mère was asked by someone: “What is my true destiny?”

Her reply was:

 

The true destiny is to reach the Divine Consciousness.

 

How will you reach the Divine Consciousness?

Sri Aurobindo offers a reassurance:

 

All who cleave to the path steadfastly can be sure

of their spiritual destiny.

 

If anyone fails to reach it, it can only be for one of the two reasons, either because they leave the path or because for some lure of ambition, vanity, desire, etc. they go astray….

 

As Goethe said:

 

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to

give us something beyond our wishes.

What would you expect Destiny to give you beyond your wishes?

That’s all?

Why?

 

c)According to Quantum physics,

 

we all have not just one but several possible futures, and they

remain potential until we manifest one of them.

 

How?

Which one will you choose?

With which frame of reference can we best choose it?

For those on the Path,

 

through our highest aspiration and faith.

 

Once we have reached a certain level of our personal evolution

 

we acquire the power to choose which destiny

we need to experience.

 

Are these just words to you?

Or do they give you an insight of it?

 

Our true destiny is also part of the collective human evolution,

Matter becoming Spirit.

 

d) Fate is usually seen as God’s Will,

 

as karma, or determined by the total sum of our past lives and their leftover energies in us, the balance of our positive qualities and negative tendencies, but

 

as we create our own fate every day of our life we must ensure

that our mind does not make us prisoner of it.

 

How is your own mind keeping you prisoner?

What are you going to DO about it?

Tell yourself with Mère’s words:

 

it’s NOT a matter of fate, NOT something that completely escapes

our control, NOT some sort of ‘Law of Nature’ over which

we have no power – it is not so.

 

Yoga helps you to become fully conscious of your destiny, that is, your mission in the universe, and not only at the present moment but what it was in the past and what it will be in the future.

 

e) Indeed, notwithstanding the appearances and all external influences

 

we are the architect of our own destiny

 

because we have created it with the karma of our previous lives, but by being receptive to Divine’s guidance a new factor intervenes, His Grace, and then

 

gradually the old forces are dissolved and our destiny will be revealed

as more wonderful than our wildest imaginations.

 

Interested?

Never say: “My destiny is already fixed”

But tell yourself

 

I create my own reality,

my own destiny.

 

The Kabuli:

It is recorded that when Kabuli did the pilgrimage to Mecca he sat a moment on the main mosque’s doorsteps to rest. A pilgrim passing by mistook him for a fortune teller and asked him to read him his fortune.

About His reply there are two versions.

The first is:

 

Your highest fortune will come when you will finally become aware

that the mullah shouts out from the top of his minaret

ONLY for you!

 

And the second:

 

Your highest fortune will come when you will finally realize that you really

ought to chase the mullah away from the top of his minaret

and take his place yourself!

 

Which version is the right one?

Are perhaps both correct?

Both wrong?

Anyway, what does this tell you, if anything?

 

The Devil’s Advocate:

I can only repeat what I already said: you don’t even really know your present state of existence, so how can you ever hope to know your destiny or fate, let alone do anything about it?

 

The Khdir:

 

We often find our true destiny where we hesitate to go.

Seek who you really are and let go of all else:

this is your true destiny.

 

Words of Power:

 

Life becomes a constant wonder once we strive to find out

and fulfill our true destiny, which is also

the Mission of our Soul.

 

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become

to fulfill his destiny.” Paul Tillich

 

What are you supposed to become?

Are you fulfilling your destiny?

How?

There is a much better way.

Find it out.

 

“You will become what you constantly try to be.”

Ramakrishna

 

What do you constantly try to be?

Why?

Don’t be deceived.

 

 

“The soul in man is greater than his fate.”

Sri Aurobindo

 

Living it:

From the Poems:

 

Even when upon the mere surface of things

firmly set was my gaze still, and of my destiny

so unaware was I, so well Mère already knew

who beyond all my masks I really was

 

and who was I meant to be…

 

Question/ko’han 1 and 2:

 

We often meet our destiny in the road

that we take to escape it.

 

True or false?

If true, how so?

Question/ko’han 3 to 7:

In which proportion do you feel that your destiny is determined more by:

 

Your conscious choices

Your unconscious choices?

Random chance?

Karma?

The Divine’s Will?

 

Sri Aurobindo has the last word:

 

It is the Supreme Lord who has ineluctably decreed the place you occupy

in the universal concert, but whatever be this place, you have equally the same right as all others

 

to ascend the supreme summits right to

the Supramental realization.

 

Practice:

 

1) Practice “Amor Fati”,

 

loving your fate or destiny in the awareness that all which comes to you, including any failure or suffering

 

is secretly the best that can possibly happen, not just to make you happy

but to enhance your own growth and evolution.

 

2) Consider this passage of Paulo Coelho, according to who Destiny

 

is what you have always wanted to accomplish.

 

What have you always wanted to accomplish?

Why?

Don’t be deceived.

 

Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny…

 

It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually

shows you how to realize your destiny.

 

It prepares your spirit and you will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do,

 

when you really want something, it’s because that desire

originated in the soul of the universe.

It’s your mission on earth.

What he means here, however, applies to our highest aspirations, not to our countless inane desires.

 

3) Meditate on the answer that Ramana Maharshi gave to a disciple who asked Him: “Is there destiny? And if what is destined to happen will happen is there any use in prayer or effort or should we just remain idle?:

 

There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it.

 

One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego

is bound by destiny and not the Self, and that the ego

is non-existent.

The other way is

 

to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realizing

one’s helplessness and saying all the time:

“Not I but Thou, oh Lord!”,

 

and giving up all sense of `I’ and `mine’ and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation.

 

In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self-enquiry

or through bhakti-marga.

 

Contemplate:

 

1) This poem of Rumi:

 

Not under the control of our heart destiny is.
Being is the means of reaching Non-Being.

There is someone who looks after us

from behind the curtain.

In truth we are not here,This is our shadow.

This is YOUR shadow.

 

2) These verses from Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri:

 

For though a dress of blind and devious chance
Is laid upon the work of all-wise Fate,

Our acts interpret an omniscient Force

That dwells in the compelling stuff of things,

And nothing happens in the cosmic play
But at its time and in its foreseen place.

 

But what is Fate if not the spirit’s will

After long time fulfilled by cosmic Force?

 

This is the worst, an unknown face of Fate,

A terror ominous, mute, felt more than seen

Behind our seat by day, our couch by night,

A Fate lurking in the shadow of our hearts,

The anguish of the unseen that waits to strike.

 

To know is best, however hard to bear.

 

For though a dress of blind and devious chance

Is laid upon the work of all-wise Fate,

Our acts interpret an omniscient Force

That dwells in the compelling stuff of things,

And nothing happens in the cosmic play

But at its time and in its foreseen place.

 

A greater destiny waits you in your front:

This transient earthly being if he wills

Can fit his acts to a transcendent scheme.

 

For only the unborn spirit’s timeless power

Can lift the yoke imposed by birth in Time.

 

Only the Self that builds this figure of self

Can erase the fixed interminable line

That joins these changing names, these numberless lives,

 

These new oblivious personalities

And keeps still lurking in our conscious acts

The trail of old forgotten thoughts and deeds,

 

Disown the legacy of our buried selves,

The burdensome heirship to our vanished forms

Accepted blindly by the body and soul.

 

Haiku:

 

Our inner being contemplates our life

as if on the clearest mirror ever made

where our true destiny is revealed:

how could we ever forget it?

 

 

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