Are we victims of our own destiny?

Destiny is not the only component; there is another component known as purushartha, self-effort. We can look at destiny and purushartha in the following manner. A developer constructs a building and the potential owner has no say in that construction. The plans are approved and the building is erected.

If we want to buy it, we get a ready-made building, but we have the free will to decorate it in our own way. Purushartha is living in and adjusting to our environment according to our need. Destiny is the raw material we receive. So the empty building we buy from the developer is destiny. How we choose to live in that building, how we furnish and decorate it is purushartha.

That is free will. So free will and destiny both go together. We have received a body and we have to work with it throughout our life, but how we manage our body is up to us. The body is destined; maintaining the body is purushartha. The mind is destined, but how we educate our mind is purushartha.

So what God has given is actually a blank manuscript and he says, “Write your own story!”

 

From the book “Yoga Sadhana Panorama Vol. 5”, pg. 46, Sw. Niranjanananda Saraswati

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You are welcome to come and unite in our efforts to help us accomplish our aims and goals. Our association needs people who are ready to offer their hearts, their skills and ideas as well as monetary contributions, and to integrate their ‘head, heart and hands’ in service.

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If you consider the needs of others, we need you.
If you have a generous heart, we need you.
Ιf you have large hands, we need you.
If you have bright ideas, we need you.

Your contributions allow us to reach out to more and more people. Your contributions enable us to support and work towards the fulfilment of the vision of Swami Satyananda, Swami Niranjanananda and their lineage  that of peace and prosperity for all humankind.

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Destiny

Are we victims of our own destiny?

Destiny is not the only component; there is another component known as purushartha, self-effort. We can look at destiny and purushartha in the following manner. A developer constructs a building and the potential owner has no say in that construction. The plans are approved and the building is erected.

If we want to buy it, we get a ready-made building, but we have the free will to decorate it in our own way. Purushartha is living in and adjusting to our environment according to our need. Destiny is the raw material we receive. So the empty building we buy from the developer is destiny. How we choose to live in that building, how we furnish and decorate it is purushartha.

That is free will. So free will and destiny both go together. We have received a body and we have to work with it throughout our life, but how we manage our body is up to us. The body is destined; maintaining the body is purushartha. The mind is destined, but how we educate our mind is purushartha.

So what God has given is actually a blank manuscript and he says, “Write your own story!”

 

From the book “Yoga Sadhana Panorama Vol. 5”, pg. 46, Sw. Niranjanananda Saraswati