All beings necessarily experience the result of Karma. All good deeds and bad deeds have their results. This forms Fate.
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Rich or Poor?
The Fate that favours wealth will raise industriousness and smartness in that being. On the other hand, a fate that causes one to lose wealth and resources will develop laziness and clumsiness in us. We can see that it is not just the end result that is decided by fate. Even the attitude and processes we undertake in life is a result of fate. Everything that we are interested in and excites us is decided by fate. Our interests and attitudes eventually decides our future. So, if you are interested in watching people fight and find excitement in quarrels, do not blame fate when your loved ones blame you for being “not caring.”
Consider a very learned man who has learned Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Spiritual Sciences very well. We all look up at such a being as a very wise one. However, if fate is not favourable, even the wise one will not be able to apply the right knowledge at the right time. All the wisdom happens to stay in memory as content alone. Take our own example. We may be students of scriptures and of wise beings. Still, during our times of confusion and challenges, we may not apply insights delivered to us properly. This might be due to our wisdom being immature. However, the maturity of our wisdom is also decided by Fate.
How did you fall from Grace?
How often have we seen powerful men falling from their respectful positions due to immoral behaviour. We have also witnessed entire nations which preach love and brotherhood taking up arms and engaging in Civil wars. For instance, Syria is a nation of rich culture filled with poetry and love songs. It is a tragedy to see the mass exodus from such a beautiful culture. Could that also be a game of fate?
It may so happen that someone with no knowledge and insights may become super rich, while a true jnani is struggling to have a full plate of meals. Our society is filled with such instances. Fate can transform good deeds of a person into evil and bad deeds into good ones. We might have experienced instances where we acted for good and the action turned out quite evil. We could have been blamed and held responsible for a series of blunders, in spite of great intentions. At times, actions performed to harm others may actually end up saving lives also. In History, we read intentions after the results are seen. Look at the World Wars for instance. Or consider UN Peacekeeping Missions. Do the intentions and results always match?
No matter how talented you are or which family you were born into, an unfavourable fate will not help you maintain wealth. On the other hand, good fate can help you retain as much wealth as you want, no matter how much you splurge. We have seen graduates from the best business schools with top credentials struggling to meet ends. Logically, they are just a call away from plush jobs. Still, the dots do not connect. Or look at lawyers with the sharpest of minds struggling to find cases. A mature perspective on fate will help appreciate these phenomena better.
Can’t lay my Hands on it
At times, we buy material goods for our pleasure and well being. But, we may not be able to enjoy them. In my personal experience, I have a car and a sports bicycle. But, I take the bus or hitch a ride with friends. Some unexplainable factor stops me from using my car or bike effectively. I may blame the health level of vehicles, or maintenance required from really taking out the rides. It may as well just be a game of Fate. We all have experience of having bought a great video game, which gathered dust due to lack of time (or fate). We may also have a great gift that landed our hands, but just did not find usage. Was it fate or was it something else?
Question of Attitude
We can see that we do not have much control over our fate. We do not have control over what happens around us. But, we do have total control over our attitude. Come good times or bad, we can maintain a positive attitude about life. Fate becomes a great teacher, rather than a tough task master. Imagine the worst that can happen to you. Will you lose your home? End up on the streets? Get arrested for life? Die? A mature attitude about life and the opportunities that life brings, Fate is a game that we play.