Is Life Predestined?
There is a destiny or karmic
pattern to our lives. Whatever exists in the realm of time must
follow the rhythms of time and the law of cause and effect. The
present fruit must be of the same nature as the previous seed.
Whatever we are in body and mind must be the result of our previous
physical and mental patterns. This destiny for some people is very
For others it is capable of
modification, though its basic features cannot be changed. For
example, we cannot change our parents, nor can we alter the country
or time in which we are born. Some people have such a developed
nature along a particular line that we can say that they were
destined to be great or destined to be a criminal, almost regardless
This is not to say that our
Being is predestined but only the outer pattern of our actions,
which themselves can be modified for the future. Our consciousness,
not being a product of time, is inherently free. Karma and destiny
belong only to the body-mind complex, which is not really our's
anyway but belongs to the world of Nature. Our ultimate destiny,
which is inherent, is to realize our immortal Self. Everything else
is an accident or illusion.