| On Himself - page 364
Even if the prediction were accurate according to the horoscope it need not fulfil itself, because by entering the spiritual life one opens to a new force which can change one's destiny. (August 22, 1937)
| Letters on Yoga, Part 1, Section 4 "Reason, Science and Yoga" - page
It does not seem to me established that the stars determine the future - though that is possible, but it does look as if they indicate it - or rather, some certitudes and potentialities of the future. Even the astrologers admit that there is another element of determination in man himself which limits the field of astrological prediction and may even alter many of its ascertained results. There is a very tangled and difficult complex of forces making up any determination of things in the world and when we have disentangled one thread of the skein and follow it we may get many striking results, but we cannot rely on it as the one wholly reliable clue. The mindís methods are too rigid and conveniently simple to unravel the true or whole truth whether of the Reality or of its separate phenomena.
| Letters on Yoga, Part 1, Section 9 "Fate and Free-Will, Karma, Heredity,
etc." - pages 467-468
Astrology? Many astrological predictions come true, quite a mass of
them, if one takes all together. But it does not follow that the stars
rule our destiny; the stars merely record a destiny that has been already
formed, they are a hieroglyph, not a Force, - or if their action constitutes
a force, it is a transmitting energy, not an originating Power. Someone
is there who has determined or something is there which is Fate, let us
say; the stars are only indicators.
| The Life Divine, Book 2, Part 2, Chapter 22 "Rebirth and Other Worlds;
Karma, The Soul and Immortality" - page 809
There must therefore be two elements, Karma as an instrument, but also
the secret Consciousness and Will within working through the mind, life
and body as the user. Fate, whether purely mechanical or created by ourselves,
a chain of our own manufacture, is only one factor of existence; Being
and its consciousness and its will are a still more important factor.