Your Past Doesn’t Define Your Future

Your Past Doesn’t Define Your Future


Law of Destiny”

The constitution of each human being is a cumulative effect of his past thoughts, desires and actions.  His past activities are the cause.  His present personality is the effect.  The effect is called destiny.  Your destiny at any time is therefore the result of your past.  Your past activities are fait accompli.  You have no control over what you have accomplished earlier.  You cannot alter them now.  You will have to face the result set by those causes.  Hence your present destiny is fixed.  You naturally become a victim of your own past activities.  If you have had a proper course of education you would be a literate now.  If not, if you had neglected your study and learning you would be an illiterate.  Likewise if you had gone through a proper course of spiritual discipline you would command success and peace in your life.  If however, you had chosen a material and sensual life you would be mentally agitated and sorrowful.  You reap what you sow.  This is the law of destiny.

People are not aware of this imposing law of nature.  In their ignorance they believe destiny is something which is predetermined.  Some accept it as a plan ordained by God.  Others presume it is a play of stars and planets.  Yet others hold it as a stratagem of luck and accident.  These are all preposterous presumptions.

Destiny is ruled by a scientific law relating to cause and effect.  You are the creator of your destiny.  There is no extraneous power controlling your life.  No God shaping your destiny.  God has nothing to do with the type of thought, desire and action emanating from you.  He does not determine their nature.  No doubt God is the supreme power which enables you to think, desire and act.  But the quality of your activities is entirely your making.  You are the architect of your life.  You are responsible for its positive or negative character.  You make or mar yourself.”


From Vedanta Treatise: The Eternities by A. Parthasarathy