For example, if a man is destined to be poor or childless, can constant recitation of the Shri Sukta make him rich or bless him with sons? Or, if a man is destined to die early in an accident, can the constant recitation of a kavach protect him and avert his early death?

If shlokas cannot do this, why does the phalashruti mention them?


Destiny is the outcome that one’s cumulative actions in their previous lives bring. As said in this answer, destiny affects major/certain decisions of our present life, not all.

In case destiny and the fruits of recitation are against each other, then either:

  1. The reciter will not get the fruits of recitation, but the magnitude of ill fate that opposed the fruits will reduce (the recitation may act as partial expiation; this is my intuition, I don’t have scriptural evidence).

  2. The recitation acts as complete expiation and now the reciter is not prevented fro acquisition of goodness, because of his previous karma.

Edit:I would like to attach an article regarding a discussion along the same lines:

The Riddle of Fate And Free Will Solved

  • Thanks for your response, and welcome to HSE :) Please see this link: selfrealization.home.blog/2018/10/12/… Hence my question. Jun 3 at 5:14
  • @curiousseeker I read the link you gave,and I wonder,what business does God have in giving us the guise of free will,and exercising His will under the name of fate?
    – Amethyst
    Jun 3 at 7:01

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