Destiny & freedom of choice
The Evolution of Consciousness
DAAJI explores the topics of destiny and freedom of choice in the light of expanding consciousness. He shares some tips on how to embrace change and weave our destiny.
Sometimes I am caught up in a whirlpool of troubling thoughts: Why do tragedies happen to noble people who are so good? Especially, I have been thinking about the life of Mother Sita from the ancient Indian epic tale, the Ramayana. The Ramayana is the classic hero’s journey, as described by Joseph Campbell; a tale of good versus evil, where good eventually triumphs over evil in a great battle. But it is not a ‘happily ever after’ tale by any means. After being abducted by the evil Ravana, and rescued by her noble husband, the avatar Lord Rama, Mother Sita was then humiliated by him in public and who knows how many times behind closed doors in the palace. Eventually she was exiled to the forest without her husband, and finally swallowed up by Mother Earth. Swami Vivekananda said about her, “To say that she was pure is a blasphemy. She was purity itself embodied – the most beautiful character that ever lived on Earth.”
Despite everything that happened in the epic, she did not mind her sufferings or the injustice that was dealt her. She stayed centred in her Lord. It was a tragic story on par with any of the greatest love stories of world literature. Lord Rama never remarried, always remained faithful to her, and ended his life by voluntarily walking into the Sarayu River.
Our lives are guided
by our hearts, and our
hearts are constantly
changing like the
weather, based on
our samskaras – the
likes and dislikes we
have accumulated in
Now, was this tragedy foretold? None other than the great Saptarishi Vashistha – one of the seven sages – prophesied her marriage to Lord Rama as the perfect match. According to this great Rishi nothing could go wrong, but instead their whole life was packed with misery to the extent that Lord Rama, the ‘all-knower’, rejected his wife so many times. Philosophers give all sorts of logical reasons and explanations, but nothing satisfies the heart. This fundamental question keeps coming to me – how is it possible that Rishi Vashishta fixed a supposedly perfect marriage and yet so many people suffered, especially the main actors in the epic, Lord Rama and Mother Sita?
Nothing makes any sense until we discover the understanding that Heartfulness gives to us about destiny and the consequences of our choices. …
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Article by KAMLESH D. PATEL