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Are we the makers of our destiny?

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Are we the makers of our destiny? by Chaitanya Charan Prabhu

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Are we the makers of our destiny?

  1. 1. Are we the makers of our destiny?
  2. 2. Sports – amplified microcosm of life Performance matters, Yet performance is not all that matters
  3. 3. Vasudeva-Kamsa-Devaki Predestination is no rationalization for inaction
  4. 4. Vidura-Dhritarashtra Destiny determines the consequences of our actions, not our actions themselves
  5. 5. What is destiny? The aggregate of the reactions to our own past actions delivered to us according to a higher plan
  6. 6. What is destiny? The aggregate of the reactions to our own past actions delivered to us according to a higher plan
  7. 7. What is destiny? Sanchit Karma Kriyaman Karma Prarabhda Karma Aprarabhda Karma
  8. 8. Can we change our destiny? Yes & no. Semantics: Destiny: what is going to happen Destiny: what we are going to achieve
  9. 9. Beyond destiny Accepting destiny or changing destiny? Rama when exiled & Rama when Sita abducted
  10. 10. Intelligence Know what is changeable Know what is unchangeable Focus on what can be changed and what can’t be changed won’t be so conquential
  11. 11. How spirituality is freeing What happens to us is destiny How we respond to it is free will Spirituality increases the distance between what happens & how we respond
  12. 12. Destiny vs determinism Genetic determinism Psychic determinism Environmental determinism We are products of our past – not its prisoners
  13. 13. What determines our behavior? Our svabhava / genes / past-karma Upbringing Association Free will God’s grace
  14. 14. Open a new TAB in your life T: Thoughts A: Attitude B: Behavior
  15. 15. Thoughts Create a comforting home for the heart Bhakti is making Krishna our default object of thought
  16. 16. Attitudes “The inscrutable will of the Lord is surely for the well-being of all living beings.” - Mahabharata Trust God’s omnipotence & omniscience
  17. 17. Behavior “Entrust the reins of your chariot to Krishna”- Srila Prabhupada Arjuna’s Gandiva bow represents our determination

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