Can one change their destiny with meditation is a question that is often asked? My response is we have many elements in Heartfulness.
While we are on the topic of karma, destiny, I would like to share some insights on genetic and epigenetic components. When we transfer our genetic code to our offspring, there are many things that are fixed (physical appearances like hair, colour, height) but there is one epigenome portion in this transfer also that is flexible. This flexibility component is affected by our environment – the way we have been brought up, the environment we live in, our homes etc. External things can change. Suppose you’re living in a good neighbourhood, your mental development will be of a certain order, if you are living in a violent neighbourhood, development is of a different kind. Even if you are born to a great saint, your genetic pattern will not allow you to grow if the environment is not conducive.
In epigenetics, we are not fixed by genetics. My father may be a farmer but my circumstance can make be better in the field of education. A lot of theory and research has gone into this by Dr Bruce Lipton, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. When a pregnant woman is in a violent environment, her stress system and adrenalin are rushing, when she is stressed, the hormones, which get circulated in her blood stream, will pass through the placenta and go to the fetus. The baby also responds blood rush is more in the limbs, but when there is more blood rush to the limbs it is at a cost. It is diverted from the vital organs. Children born to such mothers with stress will have compromised brain and digestive functions. The back portion of the brain will be more prominent than the frontal cortex. Cognitive abilities will be lesser. In children of happy mothers, cognitive skills will be better. In both the cases, parents may be intelligent but the environment and genetic expression will change the brain pattern.
Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He is a role model for students of spirituality who seek that perfect blend of eastern heart and western mind. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.