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Compulsion of Destiny

CHENNAI: There is no greater mystery in life than the role Destiny plays in one's life. This baffling phenomenon defies any rational explanation. That is why philosophy, religion, literature and science bow down to Destiny.

That human beings are subject to the compulsions of destiny is nowhere illustrated more convincingly than in the Ramayana, said Sri R. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal, in his lecture. At the news of Sri Rama's exile a pall of gloom had descended over Ayodhya that had readied itself for the coronation. Lakshmana reacts with extreme anger, and even abuses Kaikeyi, and wants to know what crime Sri Rama had committed to merit this punishment. Sri Rama restrains Lakshmana not to use harsh words against Kaikeyi. He himself is not upset with Kaikeyi, for He is able to see that she is driven by Destiny. Otherwise how could she, who had rejoiced at the news of Rama's coronation and even offered a necklace to Manthara in all sincerity to share her joy, turn so hostile and adamant and plunge Dasaratha and the whole family in distress? She who had treated all the princes with equal love and affection, turned in a trice to be an instrument at the hands of Fate. Rama is able to divine that it is by Providence that this idea of sending him away into exile to the forest, has been infused into Kaikeyi's mind through the machinations of Manthara. The course of Destiny is unforeseen and no human being can escape its effects. The unexpected has not only befallen Rama but also Kaikeyi. It is impossible to catch wind of an impending Destiny, and one can only experience its consequences after it overtakes an individual's life. Joy and sorrow, fear and anger, gain and loss, birth and death, and whatever similar experience comes to an individual, is undoubtedly the work of Destiny. That which takes place unexpectedly, without any ostensible cause, is certainly the work of Providence. Neither Kaikeyi, nor Dasaratha are responsible for the consequences.

There are times when one wonders what happens to the prayers, penance, Vratas and Tapas that one follows faithfully to overcome difficulties in life. Such was the plea of the distraught Kausalya on hearing the fate that had befallen her beloved son.

When things go wrong in spite of careful planning, it is a certainty that Destiny overrules.

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