A. "Destiny means the Divine Will guiding the lines of sin and virtue (resultant in suffering and happiness) experienced by the soul from the beginning of its evolution till its end in Realization.
"Fate or luck is the means or process of spending the impressions the soul gathers while passing through innumerable evolutionary stages, which, in other words, is the Law of Karma or the automatic forming of 'luck' or 'fate' in the next life, according to the sanskaras in this life.
"The impressions of each life build the fate of the life coming after. As a simile, suppose every soul has to bear a burden of 700 tons ― i.e. a certain amount of suffering and happiness which every soul has to pass through from the beginning of its evolution till the end in Realization. But as the burden of these 700 tons vary in kind and form, the impressions of lives vary too and the fate of every new life is formed according to the impressions gathered in the past life. Thus the soul's present experiencing of the impressions of the past life means Fate. The soul has to pass through a number of lives and forms but as the experiences of every life vary, so the fate varies.
"Hence, Destiny is one, but fate or luck is different."
Let us leave for a moment the more serious and turn to "a spontaneous moment" such as Baba frequently enjoys. Frivolous to some, serious to others, according to mood and nature.
One day, when all were seated around Baba, Baba turned to Malcolm, told him to give each paper and pencil and for each to write "anything" that came to mind.
There we sat—our minds not very alert. Pencils moved. Here are some of the writings, some signed, some unsigned.
a. "I spend my entire time wondering what it is all about. I feel like a neatly tied up package ready to be sent off at a moment's notice."
b. One most important thing is that I am having a very happy day. Baba is here and my world is complete." — Nonny
c. "Love, so they say makes the world go 'round. Loving Baba makes it spin all the faster." — Rano
d. "At last it has been proved that a cricket bat is a cow!