hairs of your head are all numbered.
Bible: St. Matthew 10:30
Old age, health, poverty,
richness, sickness, disease, wealth,
learning, honor, dishonor and time of death are all pre-ordained
while a man is in the womb of his mother. So a wise man never
worries or frets or regrets anything.
~ Jagat Singh - 20th Century Mystic
PREDESTINATION. The very word inspires conversation, argument and denial. Even in the metaphysical world there is a belief that man has free will. Yet, every major spiritual teaching professes that our lives are preordained. Pythagoras believed it. So did Einstein. The Bible teaches it, as does the Koran, the Granth Sahib and a whole host of Living Masters and Perfect Mystics from Saint Namdev in the 13th Century to Maharaj Charan Singh in the 20th. It is only man in his less enlightened state that believes he has an unlimited free will.
Perhaps man did have free will when he first entered this creation, but through the action of his first breath he created a reaction with its natural exhalation and the cyclical process of karma began weaving an inextricable web of incarceration to such a degree that man has now entrapped himself in a web of his own weaving, creating the reality of an inescapable fate.
Debatable? Depends upon whom you believe, the works you read and the mystical experiences you encounter throughout life. Yet, the deepest thinkers, the most evolved mystics and many renowned scientists proclaim the veracity of a preordained existence.
Perhaps it is man's ego that prevents him from acknowledging a power so vast and incomprehensible that he cannot imagine a fated life. The trappings of "me, myself and I" saturate the limited human mind, entrapping it in a dungeon of ignorance and keeping it from grasping the reality of predestination.
But how grand and revolutionary is such a concept? If we understood the truth of our lives – that they have been orchestrated from cradle to grave before we are born – it would revolutionize the way we think, act and move in the world. It fact, such a truth, when accepted, could easily turn our world upside down and inside out. We would have to do away with ages-old conceptions that we are in charge of our life. In truth, we are, but not like we imagine. The events of this life have already been set in a vibrational structure far stronger than we know. If we have any free will whatsoever, it lies in how we react to the events of this life, for in our reactions we plant the seeds of our future and thereby continue weaving a web of inescapable incarceration.Need confirmation? Following is a host of quotes regarding the principle of predestination – a fated existence.
himself forces his creatures into destined paths of
(fruits of previous actions) over which they have no control and which
cannot be effaced. Whatever is destined to take place must take place.
Guru Amardas – 15th/16th Century Saint
Everything is determined, the beginning
as well as the
by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect,
as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust -
we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.
Albert Einstein – Nobel Laureate, Physics
otal number of breaths which one is to take till death,