Of bhagya and karma
Since humans gained consciousness and, in turn, became aware, the debate over the role of Bhagya (destiny) and Karma in shaping life has been centric to our race.
While fatalists are convinced about life as a destiny's child, no argument can convince the atheist about bhagya, for whom work is worship that incidentally also happens to be the sole factor determining and shepherding the outcome in life, with bhagya representing the phenomenon of chance or luck. However, such chance incidents turn out to be major turning points in life is difficult to explain.
During my clinical practice I chanced upon and have recorded several instances where scientific rationale behind a patient's miraculous recovery or unforeseen demise could not account for such a seemingly arcane and esoteric phenomenon.
To articulate my thirst for answers that lay beyond the threshold of science I utilised my interactions with religious gurus, individuals with knowledge in occult sciences, and later took to learning these subjects myself. Here that I was introduced to conflicting issues of Bhagya and Karma. Or, are they conflicting at all?
While the Darwinian theory is widely accepted and there is no available contrary evidence to such claims it has set forth to effectively chart the evolution of human being and life on earth.
When I look at the origin of human being through the same eternal process of Adam and Eve, and the conjoining of first man and woman in a sexual relationship, I can't help but wonder how the same sperm and the ovum, even from same parents in a single family, growing at the same place, in the constraints of the same environment, house and the school, turns up with a unique identity, unique individual intellect, personality, and a unique model of individual life patterns ranging from extremes of successes and or failures.
However, the persisting and perennial questions of what and how such abstruse factors within the intricate labyrinth of DNA determine the future course of growth in individuals, why some are 'luckier' than others, or why many don't taste success proportionate to the efforts they put in, and why still, individuals with huge talent and very successful track record often pass through a terribly long and lean phase of failures, remain unanswered and unresolved.
A cursory glance would reveal the agonising non-performance in the career of Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, the disastrous phase in the life of living legend Amitabh Bacchan, and the recent resurgence to the top of golf's best player Tiger Woods even after being completely written off, on the personal and professional front.
While science with its unshakeable tenets and irrefutable principles cannot provide tangible answers to the singularity of random switching "on" and "off" (the flip - flop mechanisms) of DNA in human being's life that purport such changes in an individual's life, the visionaries and philosophers with an ability to pronounce the impalpable and indiscernible and have mastered the occult science and the esoteric Bhagwat Geeta provide some fascinating insights.
An individual is born with an initial capital, which determines the track and future trajectory of any human life. Astrology, the proponent of non-linear science, the best ever treatise of an individual life's cycle tries to delve deeper into the issue. This is the only supposedly scientific tool that delves into every component and sphere of human life, self, spouse, the parents, the children, profession, loss, profits, and lastly, the Bhagya, the Karma and the Moksha.
The initial capital of a newborn decides the place and the parentage, the structure and future personality traits of the DNA.The Vedic science, and the occult science have certain postulations. The 9th house, is referred to as the house of Bhagya. It gives the native, an opportunity for Karma (Effort) in the 10th house, which in turn leads you to success or failure, the magnitude of which is based on the opportune time in life determined by the 9th house, While Geeta posits that discretion, in nature and magnitude of the return, lies with the almighty (the sublime flow of chaos) but to my mind, the DNA of an individual born on earth works on a decentralised model.
Till we move ahead the philosophical visionary postulates need to be explored further, so beautifully described by the world's greatest physical scientist of the century, Einstein, who said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind, a human being is a part of the whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space".
The author is Professor Emeritus, Neurology, Sawai Mansingh Medical College, Jaipur, recipient of the BC Roy award and former Vice-Chancellor, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences.