Understanding Destiny

Many people have a vague idea about destiny. Some equate it with Fate, whose outcome is mysterious and unknown, and whose unknown hand appears suddenly in human life. Others think destiny is charted in the stars, and if one can only correctly glean information from the alignment of the stars through astrological interpretation, one can in effect look into the future and know one’s destiny. Others know that they have a powerful pull for going to a certain locale, or entering a certain career—this obsession hounds them day and night until they finally act on this feeling.

These types of understanding based on feelings do not yet reveal what destiny actually is, a karmic pattern or path. Destiny patterns can be discerned in meditation. They are of four types.

Behavioral Destiny – these are behavioral patterns encoded in your unconscious mind that act outside of your conscious, volitional control. These repetitive patterns condition how you react to objects, people and places, and may subtly guide your selection of a mate or career, for example. This type of karma is known as Pralabdha karma, often called Fate or Destiny karma.

Creative Destiny – this occurs when you align with your Self and you guide your future according to a plan that you make. These patterns consist of goals that you have set for yourself that you have made your highest priority and are fully commitment to achieve. Here you create your destiny through an act of will. This type of karma is the personal octave of Kriyaman Karma, the creative karma of the will.

Service Destiny – this occurs when your Soul and higher vehicles of the Super conscious mind align to carry out a particular project or service to the Divine. This takes the form of a mission to which you are called, that you follow with clear understanding and act as a conscious co-worker to carry it out. Unlike the calling which is based on feelings and faith, this service is taken on in full consciousness and understanding. It is one of the hallmarks of the disciple stage of spiritual development. It functions within the transpersonal octave of Kriyaman Karma, using the aspects of the will that operate in the super conscious Mind.

Spiritual Evolutionary Destiny – this pattern traces the future initiations of your Soul as it makes progress towards its Soul Purpose. This is called Adi Karma. Closely related to this pattern is the unconscious map of the path of the spirit. These channels link the spirit with its source. This type of karma is called Sinchit Karma. These two varieties of spiritual evolutionary destiny point to the potential within you, those aspects of your being that you have not yet brought into expression and actualization.




Understanding Karma

Karma is a Sanskrit word that means “action.” Karma has commonly been considered a punishment for past bad actions, but karma is neither judge nor jury. Rather, it is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says every thought, word and act carries energy into the world and affects our present reality. Karma can also refer to the “work” we have ahead of us, which includes lessons from both our past and present lives.

Part of our life’s work is to understand our individual relationship to the cosmos … to understand how the universe affects us. The energies our thoughts and actions produce can cover the entire planet, or even beyond, in the blink of an eye. An examination of karma offers clues about our intended life purpose, showing us the psychic imprint of past lives and mapping the way out of behaviours and thoughts that are no longer useful to us.

We are all here to learn lessons as “spiritual beings in human form”. These lessons are designed to help us grow into greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They teach us to “choose love at every moment”, to “forgive everyone, everything”, and to “live happily”. Where we do not choose love, show forgiveness, teach tolerance, or display compassion, karma intervenes to put us back on the path of these lessons. Quite simply, the only way to achieve a state of karmic balance is to be love.

Karma gives you the opportunity at every moment to become open to greater levels of love and compassion. It operates impersonally: applying to everyone, all the time, and no exceptions. It is very logical: what you sow is what you reap in exact and precise measure. Karma is as predictable as the laws of gravity: what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others.

The goal of karma is to give you all the experiences that you need to evolve into greater levels of love, joy, awareness, and responsibility. Karma teaches that you are totally responsible for the circumstances of your life. Karma is like “training wheels”. They keep you on the straight and narrow until you have mastered your vehicle and can ride freely on your own.

See that you are at the centre of the universe… Accept all things as being part of you… When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself… you understand the great truth. Tolerance opens the door to compassion and love.

Karma drives us from oneness to wholeness to unity with life. Karma forces us to look beyond ourselves  so that we can see ourselves as we truly are. Once we truly understand ourselves, we can see our divinity and our unity with all life.

Karma shows us that for any question love is the answer. Love is our birthplace, our final refuge, and our reason for being. If we recognize that compassion and love are the ultimate destination of our journey, the heart of the universe responds.

Through understanding your unique destiny, you can adjust your actions to either change an ongoing situation, or gain new perspective on a past situation so you can avoid making the same mistake twice. By understanding karma, you can unlock the patterns from past lives and show you how to use the laws of karma to consciously choose a better path for this life and the next.


Mother Divine

May is a fitting month to honour our mothers since it is associated with Buddha, the epitome of compassion, service, and selflessness, and therefore a Mother figure to humanity.

Buddha lived for others and reached perfection by losing himself in the service and love of humanity. The Mother also lives for others and gains the priceless treasure of sacrifice of self through her motherhood.

We are grateful for what she does in society but the essence of the matter is the gain that comes to her—spiritual gain, that is—if she brings the children up in the right spirit and takes advantage of the rare opportunity shown her.

It is true that few women grasp the opportunity, just as few of us grasp the many other opportunities for spiritual development that are constantly being offered to us.

The mother brings life into the world, rears it, protects it—and this life is a soul that is being reared, a soul that has come for the purpose of divine knowledge. She is the indispensable handmaiden of the Lord in this delicate process in which she nurtures the life to reach the age of reason so it can fend for itself.

This pivotal theme in the whole creation is dependent on the mother not only being a body enabling the birth to take place, but the rearing of the child, educating it, giving it health and so forth—a vital and tremendous role and sacred function in its ultimate implications.

Her problem, however, is great—attachment, possessiveness, forgetting her opportunities in the pressure of duties! In this forgetting of her spiritual role, Nature in the form of natural impulses, cravings, demands, etc., takes over and blinds her still more to the rare situation she is in. But at the same time we must remember that it is her very power of sympathy that lies behind her major flaw, which is her attachment.

So the mother is the most paradoxical of all figures. She has the most sacred function in life—she is praised for her love and selflessness and in our imaginations she becomes almost a religious figure, but on closer analysis we find she deserves more of our pity and prayers than anyone else because hers is the most difficult task of all.

With this knowledge, let the mother raise the children for her soul’s sake. Let her see her tasks as divinely ordained. Let her accept the mandate given her as not a duty so much as an opportunity to learn from this priceless experience, unrivalled in human affairs, so that one day she may love all other children too, in the same way, and attain the state of Universal Motherhood, Divine Motherhood and through Mother Love gain Divine Love.