Turn fortune, turn thy wheel

पूर्वजन्मकॄतं कर्म तद् दैवमिति कथ्यते |
तस्मात् पुरूषकारेण यत्नं कुर्यादतन्द्रित: ||

पूर्व जन्म मे किया हुवा अच्छा या बुरा कर्म जब फल देता है, इस जन्म मैं उसे दैव कहते है। इसलिए इन्सान को चाहिए इस जन्म में समय ना गवाते हुए अच्छे कर्म करे।  

We may afraid of destiny. We may feel that what is prescribed in destiny is sure to happen. We read the daily horoscope in news and media. We visit and pay high to astrologers. We wear stones and rings and what not! We feel certainty in that.

We feel that we are the puppets of someone else’s hand. He makes us dance according to his will. We can’t do anything for that. We feel helpless against that. We threaten and bow down to cruel bludgeonings of chance. According to me, this is all due to lack of right knowledge.

Vedic concepts are indifferent to what we used to believe. Human life and the world are being governed by the law of karma. No one can change it. It says that I am the master of my fate and captain of my soul. But how is it true?

It’s very simple to understand. Indian Vedic Concept authenticates karma and rebirth. What I do is being accounted at the time. It can’t be undone. Sooner or later result of that will come to me. If the time is up, fruits will ripen in next birth. That is for sure. We call it fate.

Actions are being assessed by the motive behind it. Past actions will come to me at right time. But I can purify the motive and perform good actions. A good action done with a bad motive is bad, and a bad action done with a good motive is good. The purpose leads the life.

So what I sow, I reap. I can’t change past karma but surely I can take control of my present and future karma. I can have the positive attitude towards the fruits of past karma. I can perform good karma in present. And good results will be followed by them in future.

Awaken from false beliefs that are being rooted since long. Let me be aware that I am neither a helpless victim nor a puppet of the fate. But the truth is: I am the captain of my ship and can take charge of my life. Tools to do that are thoughts, emotions and actions. Playing a victim role or a master role is a choice and matter of an attitude.  

When I master my own attitude, I master the circumstances. Here is a small beautiful poem about the attitude towards destiny. Let me choose it positive.

Here is a poem :  

Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel, and lower the proud;
Turn thy wild wheel thro' sunshine, storm, and cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great.

Smile and we smile, the lords of many lands;
Frown and we smile, the lords of our own hands;
For man is man and master of his fate.

Turn, turn thy wheel above the staring crowd;
Thy wheel and thou are shadows in the cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Synopsis of the poem :

Let the wheel of the fortune turn. It lowers the proud that I am a doer. Whatever the condition blows, good or bad, let the wheel turn. Let the fruits of fate meet me. I am indifferent in any circumstance. I am fearless in facing them. So fortune, turn your wheel. I don’t love or hate you for outcomes. I am steady in all.

Fortune, turn your wild wheel with pleasure or displeasure. Whatever you gifts, joy or woe. I don’t go up or down due to it. I balance my mind and don’t let it overflow in joy or weep in grief. I keep equilibrium in both. We can’t control results but our hearts are great, stout and brave to rejoice in it.

I smile in both; pleasure and pine. I am ready to accept with no regrets. I accept and rejoice in them. You smile, I smile; you frown, I smile. Smile with inner glee is the ultimate attainment. I am a real man; the master of fate and the captain of the soul.

Turn your wheel; we are fearless. The crowd is staring at you either out of fear or greed. Fortune and his wheel are shadows in the cloud. They fade away after passing through. Come what may; we are steady and indifferent to them.


In nutshell, I reap what I sow. It is inevitable. I can have the positive attitude towards it and can pass through them easily. Else I feel sufferings. In joy and woe, I can rejoice. When I accept them as a gift of God; both become a basis for development. Face both of them with a smile. Inner equipoise is definitely possible when I sublime my mind.


सुखस्य दुःखस्य न कोडपि दाता
परो ददाति इति कुबुध्दिरेषा ।
अहं करोमीति वृथाभिमानः
स्वकर्मसूत्रग्रथितो हि लोकः ॥

सुख और दुःख देनेवाला कोई नहीं है । दूसरा आदमी हम को वह देता है यह विचार भी गलत है । "मैं करता हूँ" एसा अभिमान व्यर्थ है । सभी लोग अपने अपने पूर्व कर्मों के सूत्र से बंधे हुए हैं ।


शुभेन कर्मणा सौख्यं दुःखं पापेन कर्मणा ।
कृतं भवति सर्वत्र नाकृतं विद्यते कचित ॥

सत्कर्म से सुख और दुष्कर्म से दुःख प्राप्त होता है । जो पहले किया है उसीका फ़ल मिलता है, जो नहीं किया उसका फ़ल भी वही है ।


यस्माच्च येन च यथा च यदा च यच्च
यावच्च यत्र च शुभाशुभमात्मकर्म ।
तस्माच्च तेन च तथा च तदा च तच्च
तावच्च तत्र च विधातृवशादुपेति॥
~ हितोपदेश

By whichever reason, by whomsoever, in whichever manner, at whatever time, during whichever period and at whatever place whichever good or bad deeds are committed, same will be returned to him by the destiny, in the same way, at the same time, during the same period, at the same place.

We can’t control the wind but we can direct our sails. A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor.


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