Are we are in control of our lives and everything that happens to us is as a result of our own choice or every thing that happens to us is not under our control and we are nothing but puppets in a preordained plan?
However neither of these views are completely correct. The answer according to the science of Spirituality is that in the present times 65% of our lives are ruled by destiny and 35% by willful action. But we can overcome the 65% of our destiny part, by using the 35% of our willful action to undertake the correct spiritual practice.
Willful action is that portion of your life which you do have control over. Where there is a Will, there is always a Way. An example of willful action: Suppose there is a person who is drunk and has a badly maintained car. He decides to drive his car in a drunken state down a steep mountain side and he does so at high-speed. If he were to at some point skid off the road down the mountain side, whose fault would it be? Would that be an accident caused by destiny or an accident caused by willful action?
Well, it is willful action as he could have chosen not to drink and drive. He could have ensured that his car was better serviced and could have driven slowly.
Destiny is when you have no control over life situations. Destiny is all-powerful and it is difficult to evade the consequence of our past actions. An example of a destined event: Take the case of another driver who is sober. He drives carefully and maintains his car in a perfect condition. He too drives down the same mountain side observing all precautions. All of a sudden a portion of the road collapses due to a landslide and he meets with an accident. In this case the person had no control over the landslide that occurred and hence this is a destined event.
Destiny is spiritual in nature and can only be overcome with a spiritual remedy which is spiritual practice. Depending on the severity of destiny, appropriate levels of spiritual practice needs to be done to overcome destiny.