15. THEN WHY MAKE
ANY PURUSHARTHA (PRESENT NEW EFFORTS) AT ALL
people misunderstand that when we are the slaves of our Prarabdha (destiny)
and when we are not to gain anything more or less than what is destined
we are sure to get what is destined in our Prarabdha, then why should
we make any Purushartha (new efforts) at all and bother and labour unnecessarily.
Such pessimistic, fatalist, fanatic believers say that if at all it
is so destined to pass or fail in the examination we will surely pass
or fail according to our Prarabdha. Then why should we unnecessarily
wreck our nerves, bother and make any Purushartha (new efforts) for
that examination ? Let it happen what is going to happen as destined
in our predetermined fate without troubling and muddling our brain for
nothing. Such deluded fatalists (Prarabdhawadis) have not properly understood
the real meaning of the words Prarabdha and Purushartha as prescribed
in the law of Karma.
It is indeed
true that one would get only what is destined for him. However it behoves
one to make a clear and proper distinction between where it is appropriate
to be resigned to one's fate and where it is more appropriate to exert
personal efforts. Securing a job is a matter of destiny, but having
secured one, to sustain it with sincerity and diligence is a matter
of personal efforts. To obtain a beautiful house is shaped by destiny,
but to be able to maintain it properly is a matter of personal effort.
To acquire or come into wealth is dictated by destiny, but how to use
that wealth for a good purpose is a matter of personal choice and effort.
To beget healthy children is a matter of one's destiny but it requires
perseverance and personal efforts to give them good training and inculcate
in them noble values. Sure, one will acquire only such a job or wealth
or family as determined by one's destiny. But whatever one is given,
how to use them as instruments for noble ends with a discriminating
intellect is dictated by one's freedom of choice and effort. Even if
destiny dictates whether one would pass or fail in an examination, it
is incumbent upon him to satisfy his conscience with sincere and diligent
efforts and try for success. Whether one earns a little less or a little
more is left to one's destiny. However to earn one's livelihood with
honesty and sincerity or otherwise is a matter of personal choice and
effort. Happiness does not depend upon how much money and wealth one
can acquire. Often money acquired through devious means ultimately brings
a lot of pain and anguish in life. Many amongst those who have built
their riches by dishonest, sinful practices find miseries creeping into
their life either through destructive habits and wrong actions of their
children or even through shocking shameless behaviour of their spouses.
If one comes
into some means and wealth by a good stroke of destiny, then he ought
to avail of the opportunity by turning it into an instrument for personal
spiritual progress. If one has to suffer some mental deprivation then
also one should th~nk of turning that circumstance to his advantage
to achieve the same goal of personal, spiritual progress. If dest,ny
provides a man with a good loyal wife then that should become the means
for his spiritual progress. If, on the other hand, fate snatches away
the spouse and leaves one a widower, then still one ought to put that
circumstance to good purpose for the sake of his spiritual progress.
Whatever destiny provides or does not provide him in the form of physical
health, wealth, wife, children - whether in abundance or lacking in
any of these areas - one should strive to turn to his advantage through
personal efforts at attaining spiritual upliftment.
causing anguish to any one else, without compromising one's morals or
principles for the sake of flattery or subservience to the whims of
the selfish, unscrupulous persons and without going against one's own
conscience, whatever little can be attained, one should find and feel
contentment and abundance in it.