There does seem to be some merit in the Karma theory, particularly when we see some people happily get away with anything and are seemingly so happy, endowed with a huge amount of wealth, whereas the others are all suffering. The others refers to the millions who do not have access to resources.
Be that as it may, it will be very difficult to attribute everything to fate. If that were so, how is that we find some amazingly interesting and game changing products from the likes of Apple computers? Or from the Japanese? The truth is that except for birth and death, which is totally uncontrollable, destiny is a rather difficult concept to be described. How is that modern medicine has now extended the life span of an average Indian? Is this also destiny? If people were to not take any medicines how will they be alive? Or if modern medicine were not to be there, how will we ever have good health at all?
There are often conflicting views. Let us other examples. We board a bus hoping that everything will be fine. What happens if the bus meets with an accident and we are gone? This happens. It never happens everyday. Thousands of buses ply between cities at night. An accident is an accident. But if were to be afraid of accidents and totally avoid travel by buses, is that fine? Is that our "destiny". In 99.5% of the cases nothing happens. We have safe journeys. Is this also destiny?
Regarding Anand Sir's poser regarding death, I guess we also contribute to it in one way or the other. It is no rocket science that those who do smoke and take to booze die quickly. Yes, those who not have the habit of both these vices are relatively far better off. So, it is also very much in our hands.
Take diet. Doctors recommend very light and somewhat less diet at night. Do we do this? I know several families where the man has the heaviest food possible and the wife and children also have quite a bit of spicy food. Naturally, they are prone to ill health. Their visits to doctors is compounded by the fact that they do not obey the doctor.
Those who are confirmed diabetics, eat all that they want and do not follow doctor's advise at all. So, it is their "destiny" which they have invited for themselves.
So, destiny is something that happens to us in spite of all our efforts and not without them. This "them" is nothing but our efforts. Like following road rules. Like not driving too fast. Like helping others. Like not being jealous about others. Like taking preventive action in the face of any impending calamity. Like going for the regular health check ups. Like being kind to not only our own family members but also to others. Like not getting angry. The last one is the toughest of them all!!
In spite of all difficulties, if we are able to do all the above, I guess, that is also our "destiny". But we would have done what normal, sane, caring human beings normally do. For, if we do not do this, and millions also do all these, there will no good society at all. Then all "destiny" of all people, will be a big question mark.
So, we should understand the role of efforts. Of our actions. If there is no action, there is no life, Sir.
Hence, while we talk about the very complex topic of destiny, let us also not forget what we can do with our lives. And then do it. I guess we all do not have any choice. We are all part of the big rate race that will never stop.