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How Much Does Luck Matter in Life?

By Sadhguru Email By Sadhguru
January 2019
How Much Does Luck Matter in Life?


Those who depend on luck are always looking for stars, planets, places, lucky shoes, lucky soaps, lucky numbers—all kinds of stuff. In this process of looking for luck and waiting for things to happen, things that they could have easily created for themselves are completely lost. With every aspect of life, it is you who has to make it happen. Your peace and your turmoil is your business. Your sanity and insanity is your business. Your joy and misery is your business. The devil and the god within you is your business.

How much friction you had with people around you simply depends on how insensible you have been in understanding the situations and people around you—their limitations and possibilities within themselves. It is definitely not decided by what lucky charms you may be wearing. It simply depends on how sensibly, intelligently, and with how much awareness you walk and look at life around you.

It is just that if you are in a certain way, certain things will gravitate towards you. If there is a flowering bush and a dry, thorny bush out there, all the bees gravitate towards the flowering bush. The flowering bush isn’t lucky, it just has a fragrance—which you may not be able to see—that is drawing everything towards it. People walk away from the thorny bush because it is creating another kind of situation. Maybe both of them are unconscious of what they are creating, but things are happening the way they need to happen.

Adrishtam – When You Cannot See
In Indian vernacular languages, the word for being lucky is adrisht or adrishtam. “Drishti” means “to see,” “adrisht” means “unseeing.” You lost your sight. If you could see, you would know why something was happening. When you cannot see, you think things are happening randomly or accidentally. You think it is either a fortune or a misfortune. This is the most appropriate word for luck.

Only when you take your life 100% into your hands, you become a 100% conscious being and the possibility of the divine arises in your life.


It is time you created your life consciously. Don’t depend on luck, stars and planets. These are inanimate things. Human nature should decide what should happen to the inanimate. But if a star is deciding your future, then inanimate things are deciding your destiny.

Don’t allow such things to influence you because once you get into it, you will get into a certain rut and what you can do in your life will be limited.

By chance a few things happen. But if you wait for the chance, good things may happen to you only when you are in your grave, because it may take its time.

When you live by chance, you also live in fear and anxiety. When you live by intent and capability, it does not matter what is happening or not happening, you are at least in control of what is happening to you. It is a more stable life.

Website Bonus Feature

Sadhguru's Editor’s Note: Hatha Yoga, Sadhguru explains, is one doorway to liberation, offering the possibility to transcend compulsiveness and move towards consciousness. Read the article, “Project Human: Moving from Compulsiveness to Consciousness.”

Video: “From Unconscious to Conscious Evolution” by Sadhguru


Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru is the founder of Isha Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human wellbeing. (www.isha.sadhguru.org)


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