Theory of Karma - Chapter 16
 

16. PRARABDHA AND PURUSHARTHA ARE NOT AGAINST EACH OTHER

Yesterday's Purushartha (efforts-Kriyaman Karma) is to-day's Prarabdha (destiny) and today's Purushartha (efforts-Kriyaman Karma) is to-morrow's Prarabdha (destiny).

Purushartha (efforts) of the past when ripened and matured become Prarabdha (destiny) of the present and the Purushartha (efforts) of the present when matured and ripened becomes Prarabdha (destiny) in future. Efforts and destiny, cause and effect, action and reaction are equal and opposite but not in opposition to or in conflict with each other.

Thus Purushartha (effort) and Prarabdha are not opposed to each other but they are supplementary as well as complementary to each other. The Purushartha when ripened and matured becomes Prarabdha in due course of time and hence they do not come in clash with each other at one and the same time. Their fields, spheres of operation, are different. Prarabdha provides pleasures and pains during the present birth whereas Purushartha prepares groundwork for future circumstances for providing pleasures and pains in subsequent birth or births. Thus Purushartha is the architect of one's own Prarabdha.