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Swami Sri Yukteswar

– Swami Sri Yukteswar (guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi - from chapter 16 "Outwitting the Stars")

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The following quote, by Swami Sri Yukteswar, gives the best explanation of karma, fate, and free will that I’ve seen:

"A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with one's individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and it's probable future results…The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate—the result of past good and evil—but to arouse man's will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure."