It has been a habit of adults to have plans in everything we do- career, family, and even relationships. We exert a lot of effort and even time for our plans to make it work. But have you ever experienced an incident where your goals didn’t go as planned? If yes, most people say it is something that fated to happen. Fate or destiny is often viewed as the “passage that life takes,” and karma is one of the factors that determine this passage. People often believe that fate is predestined and nothing can be reversed, but is this true?
A person’s fate is determined by a complex combination of circumstances and factors. Some of them are already determined at the time of a person’s birth, and some of them come into action later and develop the course further. Five factors form our fate or destiny:
Our efforts and self-discipline
This factor involves what we do as a person. Our characteristics, to be exact, can also be one of the determinants of our fate. In achieving what we want in life, self-discipline is essential. We can’t just claim that we have a lot of savings when we don’t make an effort to save money.
The term “social climate” is a sociological term relating to the overall feelings, emotions, beliefs, and ideas on a subject within society. The social climate is closely related to concepts such as the political climate, which refers to the public’s general feeling about contemporary political issues, and the Zeitgeist school of thought, which relates to society’s principal intellectual beliefs in a particular time frame.
Tendencies of our soul, otherwise known as karma
Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning “action.” It refers to a circle of cause-and-effect that is a fundamental idea in many Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. In its nature, karma refers to both the effects and the outcomes of the actions.
Because children’s lives are centered initially within their families, the family environment becomes the primary socialization agent. The family environment “involves the circumstances and social climate conditions within families. Since each family comprises different individuals in a different setting, each family environment is unique.
Coincidence, on the other hand, has nothing to do with destiny or fate. People, oblivious of the term fate or who do not believe in God or philosophy, might use the word ‘coincidence’ in everyday language to describe an unforeseen event. While the word ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ cannot be done with science, the term ‘coincidence’ has significance in scientific terminology. Even mathematics and statistics use the term ‘coincidence’ to describe a particular situation or result.
The word fate usually produces confusion when used with the word coincidence. The meaning of fate is “Power thought to decide events ahead of time,” and coincidence, “Exceptional concurrence of events, apparently by chance.” Therefore, these two words are related; however, many people think there is no such thing as fate, others believe there is no such thing as coincidence though they are both interpreted as correct. Astrology uses the positions of stars and planets to foretell people’s future and their fate. This has been used for thousands of years, the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used it, and it is still in practice today and can be seen in newspapers, televisions, the internet, and even though the phone. The Bible, on many times, prohibits the knowing of your fate and future.
Let’s cite, for example, romantic relationships. When it comes to love, the idea of both fate and coincidence, bringing two people together who should be together is inevitable. Love is lovely, and finding the right one by coincidence is fantastic, but finding the one via fate is impressive. Both future and coincidence are beyond our control. They happen. Fate is what’s intended to be, no matter what you do, and coincidence is a matter of right place, right time. Now, is the love of your life fate or coincidence?
Just because a relationship with a particular person is meant to be doesn’t mean that the relationship is assured to give you a happily ever after. The connection or relationships that are your destiny may be such because there is an experience you want to have or a lesson you want to learn, which could be great or bad. On the other hand, coincidence is not about some universal energy drawing two lovers together, but about two people who find each other attractive in a chance encounter by being at the right place at the right time.
“Fate is the promise that life is not a random string of tragedy and comedy without meaning. Fate proclaims that our lives are, in fact, so meaningful, so important, that our stories are written by the gods and goddesses, by the heavens themselves. We may only glimpse our fate, hinted by the stars or the creases of our hands; but even this glimpse is evidence of our contract with the universe, that we are players in the great wheel of life and death and rebirth.” – Sy Montgomery, Spell of the Tiger.