Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Karma OR Luck - Which has a greater impact on the destiny of Human Beings? (Part-2)

In the Part-2 of this article, we will focus on Luck which is a highly overused word. A lot of times, people blame the results of their karmas on luck; however, such a blame is not justified because everything is a result of your Karamas. Even your Luck is an outcome of your Karmas.  

Now, the main point of contention is if LUCK is more significant than KARMA. In this post, I will actually prove that Luck is nothing but a result of your good Karmas. Consequently, we can safely say that a person who works hard eventually gets luckier.

Given the above points, a more potent question is How Luck is an outcome of Karmas? I am sure most of you guys have heard or read the following sayings somewhere:

"The harder you work, the Luckier you get".

OR

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity".

Most of us love these statements; however, we don't study our own culture, identity and its roots to understand how Luck was viewed in the Hindu culture. I think the most obvious example will be "Bhagwat Gita" as per which Krishna said that Karma is our duty and Karma is our fruit.

If we carefully observe, then we can say that Luck focuses on the final result whereas, Karma is focused on Karma (action). 

So, it is evident that when someone enjoys the luxuries of life and he has gained such luxuries through inheritance, then we are unable to fathom the reason behind his lifestyle. We tend to think that this person has been very LUCKY to lead such a luxurious life; however, our thought process is flawedIn reality, such a person has worked really hard to lead such a luxurious life. He had worked hard in his previous lives and the current situation is an outcome of his previous births. 

How is luck a result of several years of Hard Work?

When a person tries something new in life which may bring changes to his habits, behavior, character and overall lifestyle, then he may take some time to reach that level. I think everyone will agree that such a person will not be able to see the results from day one.

Scenario 1

An overweight guy (who weighs around 120 kgs want) wants to reduce his body weight; however, he cannot reduce it from day one. He will have to inculcate good habits and a winning attitude in order to reduce his weight from 120 kgs to 85 kgs. So, the time he will take to reduce his weight (may be 6 months or 12 months or even 18 months) is the time of Karma or hard work. The time when he is actually working very hard to reduce his weight.

But the day such a person reaches 85 kgs (let's say after 18 months of rigorous effort), he has achieved the fruits of his actions. This is a direct outcome.

Now, while reducing his weight, the fat guy (who is now a fit guy) was able to develop some really good habits/attitudes which he applied in his other life situations. As a result of this, he was able to embark on a completely new venture (of his own) which he never dreamt of. This is an indirect outcome.

And a lot of times, people tend to attribute the indirect outcome as luck; however, it is unfair to call it luck as the concerned person (fat guy turned fit guy) already had such a character. He only got more confident and was able to give shape to his latent potential through the help of his weight loss program.

Scenario 2

Suppose a person is trying really hard to achieve something, let's say, a person is trying hard to start his own business; however, he continues to witness failure or defeat. Although he does have adequate funds, manpower and other pertinent resources that are needed to succeed in business; he doesn't have a single client. So he tries really hard to develop his clients but he fails miserably. His family and near & dear ones support him emotionally and financially in his venture. We can safely say that this guy is in a comfort zone as far as business resources and family support is concerned.

Say after a year or so, the concerned person is still not able to tap a significant single client who can help his business to move northward. Now this guy, starts feeling a bit impatient as he is running out of available resources and family support. His real test starts now. 

Many clients hold discussions with this guy but do not offer him anything. Due to this experience over the last one year, the entrepreneur feels a bit down (he doesn't realize that he was actually coming closer to his goal by each passing day). His feeling continues and eventually takes him over. As a result, he gives up before he reaches the inflection point of his startup. However, 6 months later, some other person who was offering a similar type of service starts doing very well (but he waited for the full 2 years before his startup began to win clients). 

So the first guy starts blaming his luck for not able to succeed in his business when actually it was his lack of patience that led to the downfall of his enterprise. 

I can safely say that,

For the first guy -- 

"Luck is a scapegoat of a coward who doesn't have the patience to stick his neck out."

For the second guy -- 

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."

This is how one should perceive LUCK. It definitely plays a role - No Doubt, but it is not GOD. Each one of us has the right to trust our instinct, effort and capability and persist in our goals.

In Hinduism, the role of Luck is definitely important but it is not indispensable. The planets at the time of birth do have a lasting impact on the personality of a person, but at the same time a human being has the capability to change his path on the basis of his hard work OR Karma. 

GOD gives us opportunities and he will continue to do so. We only need to understand his signals in an optimistic manner.