We Are Responsible For Our Choices

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.09.33 - We Are Responsible For Our Choices
by Kadamba Kanana Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 9.9.33
evam karuna-bhasinya
vilapantya anathavat
vyaghrah pasum ivakhadat
saudasah sapa-mohitah

Being condemned by the curse of Vasistha, King Saudasa devoured the brahmana, exactly as a tiger eats its prey. Even though the brahmana's wife spoke so pitiably, Saudasa was unmoved by her lamentation.

This is an example of destiny. King Saudasa was condemned by the curse of Vasistha, and therefore even though he was well qualified he could not restrain himself from becoming a tigerlike Raksasa, for this was his destiny. Tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham (SB 1.5.18). As one is put into distress by destiny, destiny can also put one in a happy situation. Destiny is extremely strong, but one can change destiny if one comes to the platform of Krsna consciousness. Karmani nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhajam (Bs. 5.54).