Destiny according to the Hindu thought does not involve an unscientific attitude towards natural laws(Dharma) or a break-down of faith in human effort. Karma,as stated above is the unalterable law of effect following previous cause. To this extent Vedanta of Hinduism distinguishes itself from Fatalism as emerged in the West. When a Hindu speaks about the decree of fate, he means thereby that one should expect only the fruit of one`s action and nothing else.
Vedanta holds that it is not possible to do a thing and escape its result. The thoughts entertained, the words spoken and deeds done all produce appropriate fruits. The consequence may be dealt with , either in this or in another birth, but can not be escaped. When a Vedantin says that everything happens according to Karma, he does not mean that human effort is in vain. Law of Karma does not discourage industry and effort on the part of humans. They will have their rewards and the Law of Karma guarantees this. Karma does not refer to any mysterious predetermination by an external power. Thus Karma is not fatalism, as wrongly understood by some.
The law of Karma is related to past, present and future births of an entity. We all are products of or effects of our past actions. we evolve our self exactly according to our Karma(actions). This process is not broken by death and is passed on to next life. This is one of the Most Important Doctrines in the Hindu Religion.In the Spiritual world, Karma is the Rule of the Law, so to say. Cause and effect have to be equal.. Death denotes only the disintegration of the body and not of the soul. As far as the soul is concerned, the law of cause and effect continues to operate beyond death. The old account is carried over.