a proponent of a free will orientation. The path of surrender or non-action, represents “Advaita” or non-dualism and is generally a proponent of fate orientation.Here’s a quote of a modern seer and proponent of Dvaita and free will, ParamahansaYogananda:
“ Occasionally I told astrologers to select my worse periods, according to planetary indications,and I would still accomplish whatever task I would set for myself. It is true that my success at such times has been preceded by extraordinary difficulties. But my conviction has always been justified: faith in divine protection, and right use of man’s God-given will, are forces moreformidable than are influences flowing from the heavens.”
Here’s a quote of another modern seer and proponent of Advaita and fate, Ramana Maharshi:
“ The ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their prarabdha karma. Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is toremain silent."
Both of these modern seers speak with conviction and command respect in their respectiveschools of thought. Therefore, in order to understand how both seemingly paradoxical viewpoints could indeed be valid, we need to understand the law of karma.
The Law of Karma
Our astrology chart is a map of our “karma”. Karma basically means “action”. When we talkabout “our karma” we’re talking about the actions we’ve “sown” or performed in the past(including our past lives) that are the cause of what we “reap” in our current life situation. Thiseither becomes our karmic burden or our karmic blessing depending on whether we’veperformed positive or negative actions in the past. The Vedic scripture, the Mahabharata, saysthat just as a calf can always find its mother, even if its wandered into a large herd, so ourpast karma will always seek us out and find us. This is the law of karma.However, our astrology chart is a relatively flexible map because our karma is relatively flexible– meaning that some karma in our lives is fixed or fated and some karma is flexible and can bechanged by our free will. Our lives, then, are a dynamic interrelationship between both fateand free will.
The Four Kinds of Karma
Our karma makes up both our fate and our free will because there are four kinds of karma –two that represent our fate and two that represent our free will. The two kinds of karma thatrepresent our fate are:
1. Sanchita Karma
– Our entire accumulated karma that represents all the actions we’veperformed in all our past our lifetimes.
2. Prarabdha Karma
– Our current life karma. Our prarabdha karma is that portion of ourentire sanchita karma that is allotted to us to experience in our current lives.