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In a satsang held in the divine presence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 11 August 2017; a devotee asks if our life is preordained and how an astrologer can predict our journey.

And here is what Swami said:

Question: Swami, is our life 100% preordained and pre‐destined, or is a certain percentage left to our efforts and our parents? Also, by looking at one's birth chart, is an astrologer capable of predicting some parts of our journey?

Swami: You are born wearing a necklace of all that you have done in the past, brought along with you, though unseen. Your past vasanas, your instincts, likes, dislikes and whatever you have accumulated will influence the way your birth will be.

One person becomes a musician by birth. How do you explain that one becomes a musician, without training? You cannot. Where is it coming from? Thus, astrologers can predict based on what you have brought forth – but, that does not mean that it cannot change. When you consult an astrologer, they will tell you that by divine grace, by one's own effort, many things can be changed. What you do with your life today, based on the kind of company you join, based on the kind of things you learn and do, it will be affected in a great way.

Ultimately, astrologers may say that the date of death is certain. I also say that the date of death is certain unless there is divine intervention, which changes it for a good reason. Astrologers can only define this period, but how you will live this period is very much in your hands. It is as much in your hands, as it is in your destiny. If you choose correctly, you will surely be able to live the same period of time that has been given to you, in a better way.

Therefore, there is no hard and fast rule that it must be this way. It can be different too, based on God's grace, the kind of good company you keep, and the things that you learn. At your level, understanding it like this is the best way.

However, one who has completely surrendered to God, who has no sense of doer‐ship, rises above the laws of the physical world and his life is different. For the one who has surrendered, has realized and risen above, these rules will not apply. For those who are not yet there, it is better to understand this way. Yes, there are certain things fixed because of what you have done in the past and have brought forward, but how you lead your life in this period largely depends on the choices that you make, the kind of company you keep and how you have used the opportunities that God gives you at every turn of your life.
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