People are often eager to know their destiny – what lies ahead in their life. This eagerness accounts for the widespread fascination with astrology, numerology, tarot cards and so forth.
Such eagerness carries over even to their study of the Bhagavad-gita; they frequently want to know: What does the Gita say about my destiny? The Gita focuses on an incontrovertible fact about our future: We are all destined to die. Death is the destiny ordained for us by our biology. Our material bodies are destined, or, more precisely, doomed to destruction at death.
Why do we overlook such a sobering fact about the future even while seeking methods to peer into it? Would a person walking on a mountain cliff fail to notice the steep fall ahead even while looking at the path? Unlikely. Why, then, are we so blind – so selectively and dangerously blind?
Because deep within us lies the conviction that we are meant for something more than destruction at death. That conviction comes from our core, which Gita wisdom explains, is spiritual and indestructible. That core is our eternal soul. The Bhagavad-gita (02.18) highlights the contrast between our biological and spiritual sides when declaring that the body is ephemeral, but the soul is eternal.
By misidentifying with our body, we impose our biological destiny on ourselves –we suffer the dread and the trauma coming from the notion that the Grim Reaper will exterminate us.
But by assimilating Gita wisdom we elevate our understanding of both our identity and our destiny. We understand that our identity is bigger than our body. And we understand that our destiny is bigger than our biology: We are destined for eternal blissful existence.
When we mold our life according to this understanding and learn to live according to the Gita’s guidelines, we realize our trans-biological destiny.