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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?

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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

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  • 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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