One is born with his Destiny and also he makes his Destiny, both are correct. How?
Most of us get confused with the meaning of the word Destiny and presume that since
everything in our lives is pre-destined, no need to work afresh. This is a misconception.
In fact, to understand this aspect, we will have to understand the word Karm (i.e. Actions)
in its totality. Karm, as per Hindu thoughts, are of three kinds: (1) Sanchit Karm, (2)
Praarabdh Karm, (3) Aagaamee Karm.
The Sanchit Karm is the storehouse of our accumulated actions of present and
past lives which are not fructified. So such Karm, from hundreds of births
back, are just in store, and not yet touched for reaction.
When these Karm start bearing the fruits, they become Praarabdh. Praarabdh
are those Karm which have already been performed in the present or previous
lives and now we are enjoying or suffering because of those Karm. They are
commonly known as destiny, luck, fate, fortune etc. Therefore, the Karm which
are in fruit, which are fructified, and on which our present existence is
based are called Praarabdh or Destiny. First, we have got the man-body. That
is the result of very high Karm, good Karm. Now also we are bound within certain
limits unless those reactions of our earlier actions are paid off, and the
seeds of no further actions are sown. So, Praarabdh (destiny or fate) is the
Karm on which our present life is based. Praarabdha Karm, can not be altered,
because over them we have no control. They have to react. No exception to the
rule because this happens strictly as per the "Law of Karm" where
action & reaction; cause & effect and efforts and destiny, are all
equal and opposite.
The third type of Karm is Agaamee (future) Karm. Aagamee Karm are the actions
being done in our present life. Agaamee Karm are referred to those Karm whose
fruits we will enjoy or suffer in our future lives. Aagaamee are the actions
that we do daily. It means an action done at the spur of a moment or time in
the present tense which instantaneously bears fruit and results in reaction then
and there. For example: (1) You drink water and at once your thirst is quenched,
you got the fruit of your action of drinking and finished with it.
So, man is free within certain limits and bound within certain limits.
Just a boy who is flying the kite in the air. He may have, for instance,
two or three hundred yards of thread with which he is flying the kite. But
his father is at the back, keeping two hundred yards of thread in his
control. He has allowed only a hundred yards of thread to his son; enough
to enable him to fly the kite. So he can fly the kite only up to a hundred
yards, not more.
Therefore, in short, keeping the above in mind, we can say that we are
born with our Destiny (i.e. Praarabdh) which is the fructified Karm or the
outcomes or the reactions or the fruits of our earlier lives' actions and
we make our future destiny through our Aagaamee Karm (actions) that we do
in our present lives.
Jyotish, Destiny and Free Will
Events and circumstances which we face in this life time are a result of
our Karm's and are by and large predestined. This is however only part of
the story. How each and every one of us react to the predestined events or
circumstances is by and large free will. Different individuals faced with
relatively similar events or circumstances will react differently. One
person may react in a positive way and mitigate the adverse effect of the
situation on oneself. On the other hand another person may react negatively
and further complicate the situation. We react differently to similar
circumstances, based in part on our capabilities, emotional maturity (or lack
thereof), values and many other attributes. These attributes are to a very
large extent predestined and learned ancestors (Rishi's) had through meditation,
observation etc. created the craft of Jyotish to help identify these attributes
and probabilities of events. Since we are body centric, the planets affect how
we will react to circumstances and various combinations of the planets also have
predictive value of the probability of certain events affecting us.
Learned individuals have attempted to explain complex ideas through
stories and parables. The planets and their impact on us (attributes) and
circumstances (predictive impact) has also been similarly explained. They
described the attributes as well as circumstances various planets impart
on the human being based on the relative position of plants to one another
at the time of birth (the craft of Jyotish). Jyotish therefore can provide
very important information related to both our predictive circumstances
and reactive ability.
Faith also plays a big role. Without faith , it is harder to improve our reactive
capabilities and without strong reactive capabilities it will be much harder to
reduce the impact of destined circumstances. Jyotish remedies can help the individuals
to react in a manner that the negative impact of the predestined circumstances are
reduced and in some cases