At times we interpret Destiny as the same as Fate. But is Destiny the same as ‘Fate’? A quote by Kamran Hamid brings out the difference beautifully “Fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny.” When we speak of fate it implies a ‘fait accompli’ situation where we are virtually helpless in averting a situation.
An interesting Zen story
“During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, “I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself.”
He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, “No one can change destiny.”
“Quite right,” the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.
The moral of the story is to be optimistic and confident rather than leave things to fate.
Control your destiny
The other day I had parked my car in our military cantonment where I saw an old but spruced-up wall with a quote painted on it. The highly inspiring quote was on ‘Destiny’. My guess is the wall must be a remnant of a demolished old squash court. The quote below encourages us to believe that we do have a say in our Destiny and changing it is very much within our power.
So what is destiny to you???