The discussion about Destiny, believers and non-believers was on among my office colleagues at a homestay near Chikmagalur. It was just after bonfire the talk about Destiny started. When there is birth, the first thing that is done after the registration of the birth is getting the Horoscope done of the baby. Depending on the time, date and the ‘position of stars’ a route map of life is made. It talks about all the ups and downs of your life and few people in business even go to the extent of telling what the baby will become? What the baby will be good at? When the baby will start walking?
I am not sure how this is done, but one thing I had like to tell which I have heard from a reliable source. Nowhere in the Vedas is it mentioned about predicting the future based on the stars. Its all about astronomy and not about astrology. I do not know how many would have chosen the path against their will, against their wish, against their intuition because of such predictions. The talk about destiny was going on under the night sky with innumerable number of stars twinkling but yet with all possibilities of them being dead at that moment. Tall trees were swaying around as if they were nodding for each of our statements and opinions.
Destiny can only be used for things that have happened in the past. If a person tries to live in the present thinking that he destined to be someone tomorrow, no matter what destiny will not work. Destiny works like the dialogue in the movie ‘Om Shanti Om’. Jab aap shiddat kuch chahathe ho, toh poori kayanath miljathi hain thumari madath keliye. If you really wish for something and then work towards it then everything will fall in place for you. A 5% of your life is something that is not in your hands. The situations are out of control and you have no hold on the outcome. When the outcome of such a situation is what you desired, you call it ‘Destiny’.