F.: Two totally opposite definitions of "destiny" were offered yesterday:
1. "Destiny" refers to the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future, or to the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events; it is the power or agency that determines the course of events.
2. "Destiny" refers to the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing.
When it was noted that "the former is the one that the masses believe to be accurate, though it is the latter that actually is," many likely closed the page and went about searching elsewhere, so popularly accepted is the first definition.
Here, though, the word "destiny" points to nothing more than the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing. Those events are going to happen. When?
In one case, when personality is driving a person as a result of a particular persona's fears or desires. For example?
In the book entitled Liberation, it is shown that each of the nine basic personality types have a primary, prevailing fear and a dominant, controlling desire:
The Type One’s BASIC FEAR is being corrupt or evil or defective or "wrong";
The Type One’s BASIC DESIRE is to be good and "right";
The Type Two’s BASIC FEAR is the fear of not being loved;
The Type Two’s BASIC DESIRE is to be loved (usually, to compensate for the love not received from the one in the father role during childhood);
The Type Three’s BASIC FEAR is the fear of being considered worthless or a fraud as a result of having her / his false image exposed;
The Type Three’s BASIC DESIRE is to feel valuable and respected and applauded;
The Type Four’s BASIC FEAR is the fear of having no identity;
The Type Four’s BASIC DESIRE is to find the Authentic Self;
The Type Five’s BASIC FEAR is the fear of being overwhelmed by reality;
The Type Five’s BASIC DESIRE is to be competent and knowledgeable while practicing avoidance;
The Type Six has a BASIC FEAR of having no support or guidance;
The Type Six has a BASIC DESIRE to be taken care of and to have all fears alleviated;
The Type Seven has a BASIC FEAR of being trapped, deprived or in pain (be it mental, emotional, or physical);
The Type Seven has a BASIC DESIRE to be free, to have the “need” for exciting or enjoyable activities fulfilled, and to avoid all pain (be it mental, emotional, or physical);
Type Eights have a BASIC FEAR of being harmed, violated or controlled by others;
Type Eights have a BASIC DESIRE to protect themselves (even when threats are imagined), to gain control of their lives, and to control all other persons;
Type Nines have a BASIC FEAR of loss and of separation (and of not being taken care of);
Type Nines have a BASIC DESIRE for continuity and for “peace of mind” and "peace" - namely, their own, actually not caring at all about others' peace - and to reap the benefits of their perceived entitlement and to be taken care of.
When driven by a basic fear or desire or both, then, yes, one's future thoughts and words and deeds will be "destined," that is, will be controlled by unrecognized, hidden agendas.
Maharaj said, "The roll of destiny unfolds itself and actualises the inevitable. You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude and what really matters is the attitude and not the bare event."
"Attitude" is defined as "belief," so by bringing about a change (in this case, by casting aside all attitudes and beliefs) then predetermined thoughts and words and deeds that are generated by a persona's hidden agenda can end.
What is the altered destiny that can be actualized? Merely abiding, naturally. Merely "living." Maharaj: "Living is life's only purpose."
In fact, though, "destiny" is merely a word pointing to a concept that can be discussed for a time before all such words and concepts are discarded, it can eventually become insignificant if one finally becomes free of the forces that are driving it:
Maharaj: "Destiny refers only to name and shape. Since you are neither body nor mind, destiny has no control over you. You are completely free. The cup is conditioned by its shape, material, use and so on. But the space within the cup is free. It happens to be in the cup only when viewed in connection with the cup. Otherwise it is just space. As long as there is a body, you appear to be embodied. Without the body you are not disembodied -- you Just are."
Freedom from one's "destiny" (which blocks any possibility of making choices) can happen when one is free of the conditioning that Maharaj mentioned, along with being free of the effects and subconscious influence of personality and programming and domestication and acculturation as well.
Yet for all his talk about "destiny," Maharaj made clear that "even destiny is but an idea. In reality nothing happens. Onto the screen of the mind destiny forever projects its pictures, memories of former projections and thus illusion constantly renews itself. The pictures come and go - light intercepted by ignorance. See the light and disregard the picture."
In the end, he discounted the concept entirely:
Questioner: "Is it destiny that ordains?"
Maharaj: "Calling it 'destiny' explains little. When it happens you cannot say why it happens and you merely cover up your ignorance by calling it 'karma' or 'Grace', or 'the Will of God'."
With that understanding comes the clarity and sanity and peace which follow the realization that there is "no hidden power" to be pleased, feared, and / or manipulated with pleadings and compliments;
that there is nothing that is controlling what will happen in the future and that must, therefore, be pleased, feared, and / or manipulated with pleadings and compliments; and that there is no power or agency that determines the course of events and that must, therefore, be pleased, feared, and / or manipulated with pleadings and compliments.
To reinforce the understanding of that fact, Maharaj said, "Once you realise that all happens by itself, (call it 'destiny', or 'the will of God' or 'mere accident'), you remain as witness only, understanding and enjoying, but not perturbed."
He said, "You do not know what causes what. 'Destiny' is only a blanket word to cover up your ignorance. 'Chance' is another word."
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