Some interesting nuggets from Vasishtha’s Yoga:
– IN this world whatever is gained.. is gained only by self effort; where failure is encountered its is seen there has been slackness in the effort. This is obvious; but what is called fate is fictitious and not seen.
– Self – effort is of two categories: that of the past births and that of this birth. The latter effectively counteracts the former. Fate is none other than self-effort of a past incarnation. There is constant conflict between these two in this incarnation; and that which is more powerful triumphs.
– There is no power greater than right action in the present. Hence, one should take recourse to self -effort, grinding one’s teeth, and one should overcome evil by good and fate by present effort.