Destiny, kismet, fate

January 18, 2010

As I watch Kismat Konnection at home this rainy Monday morning, I can’t help but wonder what makes us go the “kismet” route.

As a kid I was always encouraged to give my best to whatever I did so that my accomplishments were as real as my hard work. Growing up, my parents and teachers taught me to have faith in myself, nurture my strengths, recognize my weaknesses, and trust my abilities. There wasn’t any talk of a pre-determined set of events that ruled my life … as far as I was concerned there was a direct correlation between action and (an equal and opposite) reaction.

But somewhere along the line, I started hearing “good luck” before exams, began to notice the lucky charms — rings and amulets — that other kids sported, and realized that my grandparents’ reference to someone’s “kismet” was simply an acknowledgment of resignation to one’s fate.

If a girl was born in someone’s house, it was their bad luck. If someone incurred losses in business, it was their cruel destiny. Human intervention had nothing to do with it. No matter what one did, the outcome was predetermined.

My understanding of it was rather simplistic: whether things went well or went wrong, you could just praise/blame destiny accordingly. fate1 Destiny, kismet, fate

Easy, eh?

Just like that one can be absolved of all responsibilities.

The way I see it, when we don’t have enough confidence in our abilities, we hope luck will favor us.

When we can’t explain a sequence of events in a logical, rational manner, we say it’s destiny.

When we want to comfort ourselves, we say it’s fate that things didn’t work out.

Perhaps, all of these terms are simply inventions of a creative mind that allow us to take the burden off of our shoulders and make it a little easier to give up. Perhaps, not.

What do you think about kismet? Do you believe in destiny, luck, fate, or whatever you want to call it? Why or why not?

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5 Responses to Destiny, kismet, fate

  1. VikasNo Gravatar on January 19, 2010 at 4:39 am

    >> wonder what makes us go the “kismet” route.

    I think I can guess why you wonder, because it is not a natural truth. The natural truth is that we take a route and then everybody, who wants to, calls it a “kismet” route. We do all the effort or not do anything, but all of sudden people dedicate that to Mr. Luck rather than ourselves. Human interventions have everything to do with it as nothing else can contribute to it. I know some people will still say, what about being at the right place at right time, is not that being lucky. Maybe it is due the dynamics of human network and surely not because it was suppose to happen. In a human network, nothing is suppose to happen and everything is suppose to happen but whatever happens is only due to human actions. Just like a stock market, you cannot tell the stock price for tomorrow. Stock price has its own dynamics and it evolves according to that, whatever price it will be the next day, that price will be a function of this dynamics and not any destiny.


    Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny?
    Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.

    From movie “The Last Samurai (2003)”

    There does exist a different usage of “fate”, much in line of usage of “faith”, to play games with our mind to bring it out of the worst of times, as in a consolation, and sail through the toughest of situations, as in a prayer.

  2. JosephNo Gravatar on July 12, 2010 at 4:22 am

    If you believe in reincarnation or the existence of a greater self which governs our existence outside of the physical or corporeal realm, then Kismet makes sense. Kismet is not destiny but instead predestination or a precursor event.

    Destiny unfolds according to free will and choices you make from the possibilities given at any one time. Kismet is a signal that the choice is the optimum event given the circumstances.

    Keep in mind, even a negative event may be the optimum choice if the goal of the soul is to learn a lesson in this life. More often than not, Kismet is a positive event. For example, the meeting of the "love of a lifetime" may be a predestination or kismet event. Two souls (energies, spirits, whatever term you want to use) agree to meet in life at a certain point. What happens during that meeting will be up to the choices made by those entities at the moment of meeting but the meeting was an agreed upon "predestination" event. Destiny then will unfold based on the outcome of the choices made at that moment.

    Quite often, the feeling of Deja Vu or Kismet are signals that this may be soemthing that could be greater in scope than can be seen from a normal daily perspective. The love of life can become the love of your life or it can also become two ships passing in the night. Kismet merely signals the predestination and the event possibility. It is up to you to make it destiny.

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  4. marilynNo Gravatar on October 23, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I have missed you…from the old FB days and of course enjoy reading your blog. I saw your post on Writer’s Rising and clicked over to view your pondering about what you believe. Karma…the big question…could be referred to as the action and reaction question. So does an action cause consequence? Do we always receive something in return? That depends on the sender. Even hidden from our view we won’t know if someone always receives what they send out, but really the expectation of others can be that view. What our perception shows us, is that ultimately…it cannot be known. You only know by looking at your own actions…and ask yourself what your real expectations were. Perhaps you have the answer, but instead of looking at others, the answers come when you look at your own ripples. Positive or negative you own your own consequences.

    • MansiNo Gravatar on October 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Marilyn. Happy to see your name pop up in the comments section. I really appreciate your keen understanding of one’s own actions. You’re right — we own our own consequence. If more people understood and undertook that responsibility, wouldn’t the world be a saner place? Thanks, again, for sharing your perspective.


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