Webster defines fate as the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do.
Fate is something that we cannot change. It is something that is going to happen. We often hear people say that it was fate that two people met, or it was fate that the accident happened.
If we were to go by Webster’s definition of fate, the law of cause and effect appears to fit the definition of fate. Good behavior results in happiness, and evil actions result in suffering in the future. The effect can be traced to the cause. The following verses support this view.
The world’s path is a path of manifestations, whereas God’s path is the path of the heart. In the world’s path, you can do whatever you want and get away with it, so long as no one sees you do it. But in the path of the heart, it all comes to bear on yourself. Osashizu January 27, 1891
The world is a mirror. It reflects the states of the mind of the world’s people. Osashizu July 19, 1897
Any and everything is reflected in the world. All is reflected in the world. The world is a mirror. Osashizu February 4, 1889
The world is a mirror. Everything is a thing borrowed. The mind is yours. The way you have used your mind is reflected in the mirror. Osashizu July 29, 1988
According to the law of cause and effect, the sufferings of this world are caused by the evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions of the world. Like a mirror, our actions or thought reflect back on to us, as suffering or joy.
With this understanding, from an individual view, if we have good thoughts and actions, we will have a joyous future. If the minds of the world also begin to eliminate greed and arrogance from their minds, the world will become joyous with everyone helping each other.
We all have the tendency to look for what is causing our suffering, like our jobs, other people, or even God. But according to the law of cause and effect, we should look within to find an answer. Especially ponder how we have been using our minds. Eliminate greed and arrogance from your minds!