Destiny Operates in Its Own Way As Shown in Mahabharata
September 23, 2022
The Mahabharata shows that karma (actions) plays a major part in the formation of destiny. The events of earthly life are governed by results of past actions and the results of present actions. Fruits of past action is destiny. Hence, if the present actions are good then the future is bound to be good. However, the present comprises of the current moment and the past. We strive to make the current moment good, but we have no control over the past. If we had committed bad actions in the past, then it may fructify as a bad result in the present. So many a times we find that the present is not so good in spite of all our good efforts. This is because the past has contributed its bit in making the present.
Thus, in spite of all the good efforts of the Pandavas, their present was not improved. This is because of their actions that they committed in their past lives, which were fructifying in their present lives. This law of Karma is lucidly explained by Sri Krishna to Arjuna in the Kurukshetra battlefield.
Sri Krishna explains that destiny operates in her own way and is not in the control of humankind. Hence, one should only concentrate on action and not think about its result, as the result is not in one’s control. Therefore, there was no reason to grieve, no reason to feel guilty over the deaths of elders, relatives, and teachers. Sri Krishna urged Arjuna to follow his own Kshatriya Dharma, pick up his fallen Gandiva (bow), and to fight courageously.