The Karmic Destiny

I have just finished reading Paul Brunton’s, ‘A Search In Sacred India’. The book traces his first visit to India in quest of a spiritual teacher whom he does find ultimately. It is a very unbiased narrative and questions spirituality as well as superstition. I liked it, but in the end he says that everything is predestined, and we should learn to surrender to the higher energy/ Universe/God, whichever name one wants to believe in. And I have been thinking about this. Incidentally, I had written something to this effect some time back, which can be read here.
If everything is predestined, then why do we believe in Karma? Are we really incapable of turning the tide? Don’t our hard work, efforts and intentions have any meaning? I accept whatever hand is dealt to me but would want to play to the best of my ability and capacity for I firmly believe that I am responsible for shaping my life to some extent. I would find it highly unfair to not have any say in my own life and let it be dictated by someone who I can’t claim to know or experience.
I feel that it is this very thought that has made us Indians such an indolent lot. Leaving everything to fate and bowing to anything and everything that would save one from hard work. It has made us a race who sits on past laurels, is quick to claim anyone’s achievement as a mark of our superiority, not acknowledging the grit and gumption that went into the achievements of a person. We are a race who is happy to chatter about a person, who we barely know, and talk about their success and be proud to be connected in some manner even if by a distance of a few lightyears.
Shubham and I usually savour our Sunday morning coffee with a good conversation over whatever we fancy, and we usually end up with Shubham finding a way to relate whatever he has to say to gaming. This time I happened to blurt out my two cents about destiny and karma. We went back and forth over it and finally this is what he had to say.
“Ma! I’ll speak from a game developer’s perspective. I think life is a lot like an open-ended game, where Destiny is its designer. So, in a game, the player has the freedom to approach various scenarios, obstacles, problems and environments in their own way, and that is what I consider free will to be. Destiny, then, is the designer, who puts you in these scenarios- it might just be emergent from pre-existing systems, or it might be something more, like a greater force- we can’t say for sure, but it’s up to you as a person to handle these situations. Destiny decides the quests, you decide the gameplay and the outcome and that is your Karma.”
For once it does make sense and I have no qualms about agreeing to Shubham’s explanation as it gives me the medium to play my game as I want. It’s WASD for me from now on, what about you?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark Ryan says:

    And at each stage/test, we develop and get stronger than when we began the game. Nice analogy, the youth have the smarts and the burden free view of life.

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