THE LAW OF DESTINY
The Law of Destiny
”The law of reaping is the law of necessity. The law of destiny is the law of opportunity. In their cooperation they put man where he is to stand, where he must stand, where he should stand and where he may make his best contribution.”
The law of destiny indicates what forces influence the individual with regard to necessary experiences.
Destiny is a result of partly the forces working expediently towards the goal of evolution, partly the contribution of free will, partly the repercussions of the law of reaping.
The law of destiny places man where he is to stand, where he can best serve. The difficulties man meets with in life are his own work and the results of his own attitude to life, his own consciousness expressions.
Life is an offer of opportunities to develop. Anyone who has understood that we are here in order to have experiences and to learn from them, that there is a life task for everybody, will be spared that turning of life’s lessons which implies still more compelling circumstances in lives to come.
“Nobody escapes his destiny.” That destiny is for our own good, however. Having that attitude, we make the best possible of our lives. We can bear the “blows of fate” in quite a different way when we know that what happened was not just inescapable but also the mildest suffering and what best furthers our development. Whatever is must be or should be or is the best.
The law of destiny teaches us that we are tools of the forces of Life and that it is up to us whether we will be willing tools, and that we win freedom by willing whatever destiny wills. When we put our will at the service of the forces that work with finality, then we begin to understand what unity is and we become co-workers for the highest purposes of Life.
The great people have become great by becoming the instruments of destiny, by serving the various purposes of Life.
The powers of destiny are those of goodness and unity. External circumstances, people’s behaviour, etc., must not be able to influence our attitude toward them. All such things are reaping determined by destiny and thus inescapable. That is also what is best for us. For us it is a matter of facing everything gladly, willingly, gratefully.
From the viewpoint of destiny and reaping, everything is for the best. From the viewpoint of the personality, it is best if we have done our best. Also our mistakes are reaping, however, and we always learn from them.
Those who sincerely strive for self-realization, for knowledge, for ideals, are, according to the law of destiny, provided with the materials they need for working up experiences, circumstances for necessary experiences, environments satisfying their emotional and mental needs, etc. It is true that the effects of the law of destiny are often counterbalanced by those of the law of reaping. However, those effects are just delayed, not neutralized.
We all have life tasks that consist of solving the problems of life that we daily meet with in everything. Some individuals are given greater tasks by life. Such things we do not just assume. If we do so, we run great risks of disappointment. If we seemingly fail in the tasks allotted to us, this only means that we have overrated the importance of our contribution. Sometimes these tasks have been intended to impart necessary experience and insights to us with regard to future tasks. Our tasks, our contributions fall under the law of destiny, for we are all the agents of destiny, knowing anything of it only exceptionally.
We all receive help for development. The more we are able to receive and use right in the service of life, the more help, inspiration, power is given to us.
“Still more important for our self-realization is the insight that the powers of destiny are intelligent agencies that take an interest in our self-development and promote it. If you make the one important decision, and so definitively take your stand under unity, then you put in the strongest possible force for the change of your own destiny. That force can change your future completely. To work for evolution and unity is to walk the shortest path out of ignorance and impotence, the quickest path to freedom.”
There is a guidance in the life of individuals, and that guidance is the work of the planetary hierarchy.
In the matter of guidance, the laws of freedom, development, self, destiny, and reaping come particularly into consideration.
According to the laws of freedom and self, man has the right of life to pursue his own path and must be allowed to do so.
In the course of the process of manifestation, the forces that influence man according to the law of development make it easier for him to raise his vibrations in ever higher molecular kinds to the extent that more spirals in the atoms are vitalized through cosmic vibrations.
The law of destiny puts man into circumstances that favour his development. It is up to man to use these opportunities.
Good reaping furthers, bad reaping hinders, the possibilities of self-realization.
Man is guided by his instinct of life at lower stages, and by his superconscious at higher stages. The instinct of life is the personality’s accumulated experience of life together with that part of the self’s latent experience which is on the verge of new remembrance.
The causal superconscious remains only receptive until it is activated by the self. At the end of an incarnation it collects the ideas worked up by the mental consciousness in case these ideas have such a reality content that they can be sublimated into causal ideas.
Guidance from the causal superconscious is possible only when this consciousness has been activated, has had the time to work up its causal ideas to a considerable extent, so that it is able to use them when assessing things and is able to follow the course of events and the doings of the personality.
“’Nobody escapes his destiny.’ But our destiny is our own creation and for our own good. If we hold that attitude, then we make the best of our lives.”
Fatalism, belief in inevitable fate, and predestination, belief in unconditional foreordainment, are views of partially correctly, partially erroneously ascertained causal relations, views absolutized by ignorance.
There is an apparent justification for speaking of fatalism and predestination. Everything that happens is determined by causes in the past. The individual has himself determined his destinies through his consciousness expressions and actions in thousands of previous incarnations. The result of all these factors must be inevitable.
“The freedom” to choose is largely illusory. We walk the paths we have cleared in past lives. Now and then we come to a crossroads where other paths meet. That is our opportunity to choose for the next crossing.
Those who can look into the future can perhaps see one of the paths to walk. They cannot decide, however, how the individual will choose at the future crossroads. There the law of freedom comes into operation instead of the law of destiny.
The question whether “life is predetermined in the matter of trials,” etc. cannot be given a general answer. The horoscope indicates what kinds of energies (according to the law of destiny and the law of reaping) will influence the individual. Then the result depends on the individual and his ability to live in conformity with or in opposition to known and unknown laws of nature and laws of life. The word “punishment” does not exist in the dictionary of the powers of destiny, only “effect” or “reaping”, the work of the individual himself. Generally, the individual has a possibility of “paying off” by doing “good deeds”, what he otherwise would have to suffer. So we are better off than we deserve.
Disease is the outcome of crimes against the laws of nature, not against the laws of life. Also the genetical inheritance from parents is the result of the individual’s crimes against laws of nature in past lives. He is born into a family having such predispositions to disease.
We are attracted to people by our acquired tendency and so by vibrations in our envelopes. Like is attracted to like. From this fact we can learn what kind of people we are without seeing it. On the other hand, the people we “are forced to be together with” through circumstances of life are often ancient relations.
Like is attracted to like if there is a possibility of choice, which also depends on “reaping”. Those on higher levels who, in life upon life, have had the opportunities of meeting “likes”, have greater prospects of quicker development and of meeting the “teacher” earlier. That, too, may appear as predestination.
Knowledge and Responsibility
”We have received for nothing, then give for nothing!
Responsibility goes with the light of knowledge.”
As long as the individual is human, he is a member of mankind and shares its collective responsibility in various respects. The fact that, in some certain incarnation, he has succeeded in being born into a “cultural nation”, cultural family, has had opportunities to assimilate the pertaining learning and has had other advantages, does not in the least mean that he will succeed in attaining the same level of development in future incarnations. That will depend on how he has used his life for his development, how he has used his qualities and abilities to further evolution, the welfare of all.
“Good-bye to all that.” That is not the way to reach liberation. On the contrary, you will be ever more firmly attached to what you seek to escape. In fact, it is not the idiotic and inhuman things in mankind you want to flee from but your own part of it. But you cannot run away from yourself. We are all parts of a whole. And we have much to make good from lives past. When the debt of life is paid, we have paid off a part of our common debt and with it a part of the whole debt. To disregard the collective, which in all things is the primary and the very condition for life without which nobody would be anything at all, is the injudiciousness of ignorance.
The meaning of life is the evolution of all in all kingdoms. Anyone who does not want to live in order to realize this very meaning of life cannot expect special favours, and particularly not future opportunities of abusing the knowledge further. Every opportunity offered by life is indeed a good reaping, but it is also a test. The law of destiny comes into operation. The egoist’s good sowing yields a “good reaping” (pleasant physical conditions, etc., that strengthen egoism) but no consciousness development.
You who have received this knowledge of reality and life and have been given it for nothing, you have not received it just for your own good but also for spreading the light among people, so that they are set free from their illusions and fictions, so that the world may be changed. If you do not do so, then you have no right to regain this knowledge in your next incarnation. We have received for nothing, then give for nothing! Responsibility goes with the light of knowledge. Anyone who does not want to help mankind cannot expect to receive knowledge in his future lives.
Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life One, The Law, The Law of Destiny www.laurency.com