DESTINY – FATE – FORTUNE
Stone: Phantom Rock Crystal
The Mantra: Om Satyam Bhaagya Deemahi
Destiny is never definitely fixed but can be changed
with the right energy and attitude.
Which is the right energy and attitude in general?
And for you personally?
Until we make our subconscious conscious it will control our life
and it will appear to us as if driven by an ineluctable fate.
Is this a danger for you, by any chance?
a) Nisargadatta Maharaj introduces the issue with its essential point:
Destiny refers only to the name and the form.
As you are neither, the body nor the mind,
destiny has no control over you.
You are completely free. The cup is conditioned by its form, the material
it is made from and so on,
but the space inside the cup is free.
But if we are indeed completely free, how come it doesn’t seem so?
What does the space inside the cup represent?
Rainer Maria Rilke adds that:
Destiny is like a wonderful tapestry where every thread is guided
by an unspeakably tender hand, placed besides other
threads and carried by hundreds of others.
It is really AMAZING when we see this.
According to the Yoga Vashista :
Fate is the personification of the female
agency of God.
What does this imply?
According to Nisargadatta Maharaj,
Out of love for corporate existence one is born and once born, one gets involved in destiny.
Destiny is inseparable from becoming. The desire to be the particular
makes you into a person with all its personal past and future.
Being a “person” is always a terrible limitation
Hermes Trismegistus adds that:
All men are subject to Destiny, but those in possession of the Logos,
which commands the intellect from within, are not under it
in the same manner as others.
b) The Jewish term Gam Zeh Letovah means that destiny
may be seen as something inevitable, unchangeable, or that we can
determine our own destiny, the path
we chose in our life.
Indeed both possibilities are there.
It corresponds to the “Fatum christianum” according to which everything is determined by foreknowledge and Providence, and to some extent to the concept of “Amor Fati”.
Our true destiny cannot be understood by looking only at our present life
because it has deep roots in both our previous and future ones
and in the latter it is already accomplished.
What can we do about it then?
According to James Hillman,
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.
Fernando Passoa has the right idea:
As we wash our body so we should wash destiny,
change life as we change clothes.
How will you wash your destiny?
What about changing your life as you change clothes?
Of course, the clothes represent the various aspects of our personalities and self-image.
But most people cannot be bothered to do examine them and have a resigned attitude towards destiny.
This why according to Ignazio Silone
Destiny is an invention of weary
and resigned people.
But as Sri Aurobindo said,
Destiny in the rigid sense applies only to the outward being so long as it lives in the ignorance.
But as soon as one enters the path of spiritual life the old
predetermined destiny begins to recede.
other than Karma, which can lift the sadhak beyond
the present possibilities of his nature.
Fate is the presence of God
outside Space and Time,
outside all that must still happen in Spacer and in Time; that which He has foreseen, the Power and the Determinism execute it through the conflict of forces.
c) Like a writer thinks of many different ways
of telling a certain story and considers many possible endings before deciding which one to write down,
so the Divine Mind holds various possible destinies
on several levels for each of us.
According to Ramana Maharshi only the ignorants argue about which destiny will prevail, because
Those aware that the Self is the Source of destiny and free will
are free from both: how will they again
get entangled in them?
Do you still argue about which destiny will prevail?
Would you ever get entangled in destiny and free will ever again?
We hope not!
The Upanishad reminds us that:
You are that which is your deepest desire.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is you will.
As you will is, so is your action.
As your action is, so is your destiny.
How is your will?
How about your action?
What do you expect your destiny to be?
Sri Aurobindo adds:
An episode in an unremembered tale,
Its beginning lost, its motive and plot concealed,
A once living story has prepared and made
Our present fate, child of past energies.
And yet a greater destiny may be his,
For the eternal Spirit is his truth.
He can re-create himself and all around
And fashion new the world in which he lives:
d) Destiny isn’t something completely fixed
but a complex of forces from our past lives
and part of our karma.
If we center ourselves and go deep within our inner being
we can strive for and finally achieve our true destiny,
which is the Mission of our Soul.
as Jean de la Fontain noted,
A person often meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
When a serious decision has to be made, how will you know
in which direction lays your true destiny?
Which frames of reference will you use to evaluate your direction?
Why these and not others?
Through Yoga we can not only to see very clearly our potential destiny but also modify it to a considerable extent.
Epicurus warned that:
A strict belief in fate is the worst slavery, imposing upon our necks
an everlasting lord and tyrant whom we are
to stand in awe of night and day.
Beethoven had the right attitude:
I want to seize fate by the throat.
Are you afraid that it might fight you back?
It is a paper tiger.
The Veil makes people have so many mental projections of what they consciously or unconsciously expect or fear their destiny to be,
but this makes them unable to know their own real destiny and see
which part it has in the Divine’s cosmic Design.
Destiny, Fate and Fortune are the CROSSROADS of the Dreamgame:
The best is often to not even think about it
and apart from making positive projections, do not waste your time and energy trying to achieve some ideal destiny those which can only be realized when you will have reached a much higher level,
but choose carefully which one is the best for you
in this time of your life.
As Thoreau said:
It is what a man thinks of himself that really
determines his fate.
What do you think of yourself?
Don’t be deceived.
Stephen Hawking made this observation::
I noted that even those who affirm that all is already written and that
we cannot do anything to change it, they look around
before crossing the street.
The Devil’s Advocate:
As you don’t even really know your present state of existence, how can you ever hope to know your destiny or fate?
It is whatever we believe or fear that we are
which influences our destiny
What do you believe?
What do you fear?
Don’t be deceived.
Words of Power:
I never forget that my destiny is always
the Divine’s Will and Wisdom.
“It is what a man thinks of himself that really
determines his fate.” Thoreau
What do you really think of yourself?
“The contact with the “I Am”, this state of vigilance, God,
is your true destiny.” Nisargadatta Maharaj,
“The soul in man is greater than his fate.”
Question/ko’han 1 to 4:
How do you see your destiny?
How does it make you feel?
Which is the difference between destiny and fate?
Our destiny can be changed.
According to Heraclitus,
The character of a man is his destiny
True or false?
This advice of Nisargadatta Maharaj has the last word:
You are destined to enlightenment.
Cooperate with your destiny,do not go against it, do not fight it,
allow it to realize itself.
How will you allow it to realize itself?
All you have to do is to give attention to the obstacles
created by the foolish mind.
Which obstacles does the foolish mind create for you?
How do you deal with them?
All you have really to do is not to let any more your ego
and self-image to interfere.
1) Consider this passage from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad:
You are what your deep driving desire is; as your desire, so is your will,
as your will, so is your deed, as your deed, so is your character,
as you character so is your destiny.
What is your deep driving desire? This desire forms
your character and your future destiny.
What is your deep driving desire?
Don’t be deceived.
Note that Heraclitus said the same thing.
2) Meditate on these verses of Wu Hsin:
There is something which is time-bound
proceeding from a particular starting point
to its end point.
Beyond this is the un-perceivable.
Presently, you take your stand in the former
but your destiny is in the latter.
3) Meditate also on these words of Mère:
With the discipline of Yoga not only is possible to foresee
the destiny, but we can modify it and even
change it almost completely.
Yoga teaches that we are not made of a single being, a single entity
that can have just a unique, simple and logical destiny.
Actually, the higher a being sets himself in the human ladder,
the more complex is his being and more variable and multiple his destiny, and therefore even more unpredictable his fate.
The art of living would then consist in remaining in one’s highest consciousness and consequently
let that the highest destiny (nearest to the central truth
of the universe) may prevail in life and in
the action on the other destinies.
1) This passage of Haruki Murakami:
Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions.
You change direction but the sandstorm chases you.
You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why?
Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something
that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you.
Something inside you.
So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in,
and walk through it, step by step.
2) This passage of Paulo Coelho, in which what he calls “destiny” is really the Mission of Our Soul:
It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. 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.
3) The answer that Mère gave when She was asked which is the role of human aspiration and effort:
On every plane (physical, vital and mental) all is foreseen; but the intrusion of a higher plane (supramental and beyond)
introduces in the events a new determinism and can change the course
of things. This is what the aspiration can accomplish.
As for the human effort, it is part of the determined things and its role in considered in the rapport of forces.
Our inner being contemplates our life
as if on the clearest mirror ever made
where our true destiny is revealed:
how could we ever have forgotten it?