To illustrate a point: I do not drive. Though I am well aware that the Gita tells me to live without fear, humans do feel this emotion and when it is based on previous experience, it is a good tool, fear. My fear of driving is based on a previous experience in which I demonstrated some scary driving habits. So it’s justified, I think.
Friends have tried to trap me and say “what if your karma dictates that you are to get into a car accident. Aren’t you just shifting your karma over to an accident caused by another driver with you as a passenger?” A fair point. But I think if it were my karma to be hurt while driving a car, it would happen. Since I am of the disposition of one who refuses to drive, if I continue to do so, then it was not my karma for this hypothetical accident to happen. It might be my karma to be hurt as a passenger in a car accident, but not because my karma got shifted over to that scenario.
As if there were some kind of “understudy karma” waiting in the wings.
At one point or another, we have all said “I can’t believe I did something so stupid.” Some people think this is evidence that our free will has been usurped by some kind of predestination.
Not believing in complete predestination, one may need to ask: Are we sometimes “possessed by karma”?
I think not. I think no matter how “stupid” the act, at the moment we either wanted to do it, or we were simply being careless.
Really it’s up to you. I choose not to drive. Do I just know myself or am I a coward?
Jai Hari Aum!