12. PRARABDHA (DESTINY)
IS IRREVOCABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE
are three types of persons in this world:
(of pious mentality and motives)
(2) RAJSIK (of selfish mentality and motives)
(of crooked or slovenly mentality
(Destiny, luck, fate, fortune) is unavoidable and irrevocable in the
case of all these three types of persons. But the method of facing,
accepting, suffering or enjoying the Prarabdha is different with different
kinds of people.
Mr. A did one sinful action (Pap) as a result of which it is destined
in his Prarabdha that he shall have to starve and go without meals for
(1 ) Now,
if he is a SATVIK man (of pious mentality and motives), he will voluntarily
observe a holy fast on a religious day-say, EKADASHI - chant the name
and keep his mind engaged in pious thoughts and prayers for the whole
day. In this way he will willingly accept his Prarabdha of going without
meals for one day and thereby he will neutralise his previous sin. Not
only that but while thus mitigating and exhausting his Prarabdha he
will also earn the fruits of new pious actions of voluntarily observing
fast and chanting the name of God on a religious day. Such pious deeds
will again ripen as a new good Prarabdha for him to enjoy subsequently.
(2) But supposing
he is a RAJSIK man (of pragmatic but selfish mentality or motives),
one day for some very urgent and important work, he was compelled by
to labour for the whole day in his factory and the poor fellow could
not find any time even to take his lunch and dinner and had to go without
meals and starve on that
day. Thus he had to face, accept, mitigate and exhaust the Prarabdha
of his previous sinful action.
supposing he is a TAMSIK man (of crooked temperament or mentality and
motives), one day he quarrelled with his wife merely for the sake of
satisfying his crooked motives. Overcome by his furious anger he rashly
skipped his meals during the whole day and in this way he suffered the
Prarabdha of his previous sinful actions. In the process, he also earned
and accumulated one new sinful action (Pap)
which would again ripen as a new bad luck (Prarabdha) in due course
of time, thus bringing more suffering in future.
Thus a Satvik
man faces his bad luck (Prarabdha) with pious mentality, the Rajasik
man faces it with selfish mentality, while the Tamsik man suffers due
to crooked mentality. But in all these cases, Prarabdha is inevitable
and unavoidable because man is primarily responsible for his own actions.
converse example of Mr. B, supposing he did one pious deed (Punya Karma)
as a result of which it is destined that he will get 100 dollars some
that action is matured and ripened as Prarabdha.
(1) Mr. B
is a Custom Officer at an international airport. One day while checking
the baggage of a smuggler, he found items of questionable legality.
But when the smuggler gave him a bribe of 100 dollars, he allowed the
baggage to go without checking. Thus he enjoyed the Prarabdha of his
previous pious action by getting 100 dollars. But being a Tamsik man,
he earned it by crooked means and thereby he created a new sinful action
(Pap) which would again mature and ripen as a new bad luck (Prarabdha)
which he will have to face in future-say by giving 200 dollars to
a doctor for the treatment of his leg injured in an accident.
if he is not a Tamsik man but a Rajsik man, he would refuse to accept
the bribery of 100 dollars and take legal action against the smuggler.
In that case
his Prarabdha of getting 100 dollars is postponed for some later time,
but it will not be lost. This Prarabdha will not rest till he has anyhow
reaped the benefit of 100 dollars.
he unexpectedly purchased a T.V. Set on payment of only 400 dollars
even though its reasonable market price was 500 dollars, as the dealer
charged him 100 dollars less only because he happened to be a customs
officer. Thus he got the benefit of 100 dollars due to his previous
good deed (Prarabdha).
if he is a man of Satwik temperament, he would refuse to take indirect
advantage of his post by paying 100 dollars less. In that case, his
getting the benefit of 100 dollars would be postponed for a while, but
again it will not rest until he actually gets 100 dollars in his pocket
by some other means.
A few days
later, one passenger in a great hurry forgot on his table a purse containing
1000 dollars. From the identity card found in the purse, he immediately
ran down to the house of the passenger and gave him his purse. The passenger
was delighted and raptured with joy. Being overwhelmed with gratitude
he most humbly, gratefully and with great satisfaction gave him a reward
of 100 dollars for his nobility. Thus while enjoying his Prarabdha of
getting 100 dollars, he also earned one new pious action (Punya Karma)
which would in turn ripen as a new Prarabdha bringing him further joy
Satvik man enjoys his good luck with pious mentality by satisfying others,
the Rajsik man with selfish mentality gets his good luck in bargaining
with others and
the Tamasik man by torturing others. In any case destiny (Prarabdha)
does not rest until the person has suffered or enjoyed and exhausted