by Genjourist Shikhar Misra

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Is free will an illusion or destiny a myth?

As Albert Einstein says:

There are two ways to live:

You can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Are we just some puppets performing in a theatre called EARTH?


If we are just puppets then before going to a stage we need a script to act accordingly and rehearse it several times. Everything is pre-planned but when the curtains go on and off symbolizing life and death none of us had the chance to rehearse anything for everything was abrupt and swift.

The Vedic texts explain that these two ideologies, karma Veda (endeavour, karma, alone determines success) and daiva Veda (destiny, alone determines success) are two extremes of the pendulum of the human imagination. In reality, success requires both endeavour and destiny. For example, in agriculture, a good harvest requires both diligent ploughing and timely rains. Ploughing represents endeavour and rains signify destiny. Despite ploughing, no harvest might be obtained if there are no rains. Similarly sometimes,despite our best efforts, we may fail, due to adverse destiny.

“When we gamble with our time, we choose our destiny.”

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