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Dear Dhananjay,

1) Are the accidents (physical, mental or emotional level) or mistakes that happens (or one commits) in one's life also the play of God purposefully inflicted upon the individual?

2) Do you think the fate/destiny will be changed by our sheer will power and dedicated efforts, or is it eventually we are just following the fate?

In short, is it the case that for an individual his fate is already destined and one moves according to it no matter what, and whatever he does is pre-planned whether it is an accident/mistake, or a dedicated will power and hardwork.


1. Experiences (pleasant or unpleasant), are the products of one's past karma. Through suffering, one realizes his errors and slowly disinclines from repeating them. Suffering is the means to 'Gnyana' (knowledge of the truth).

2. To whom does fate concern? It concerns the Ego & body, which one is not. Hence control over fate is an illusion concerning the Ego and not reality. Things happen as they have to, as destined by the higher power.

3. One is only an actor controlled by the director (Almighty) in this play, scripted by HIM. Hence things happen as per HIS will and HIS will only, try how hard one may to do otherwise.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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