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Self effort alone is another name for divine will – Teachings from Yoga Vasishta

What is called fate or divine will is nothing other than the action of self effort of the past. The present is infinitely more potent than the past. They indeed are fools who are satisfied with the fruits of their past effort and do not engage themselves in self effort now.
Sometimes it happens that without effort someone makes a great gain. This is neither an accident nor some kind of divine act, but the fruit of the self effort of the past birth.
Sometimes it happens that a farmer’s efforts are made fruitless by a hailstorm. Surely, the hailstorm’s own power was greater than the farmer’s effort and the farmer should put forth great effort now. He should not grieve over the inevitable loss. If such grief is justified why should he not weep daily over the inevitability of death?
The wise man should of course know what is capable of attainment by self effort and what is not. It is ignorance however to attribute all this to an outside agency and to say that God sends me to heaven or to hel…