Excerpted from: From Misery to Enlightenment #19
"Your life is your life, and it can be lived only one way; there is no other alternative. And the only way that it can be lived has to be found by you. It is not all ready like a super-highway, ready-made, with millions of people moving on it, going towards their goal, and you have just to join the crowd.
"No, there is no super-highway to existence.
"There are only small footpaths which are walked in total aloneness.
"And remember, even those footpaths are not ready-made, available for you so that you can go on number eleven footpath. They don't exist other than when you walk upon them; it is through walking you create them. It is a very beautiful and mysterious way life has, that it does not make you like a railway train which runs on rails. A railway has no choice, it cannot just go anywhere it likes. Those rails are fixed, somebody else determines them. Those rails are the destiny the train simply moves according to somebody else's dictates.
"Man has no destiny although you have been told for thousands of years that you have a destiny.
"This is what I call the way of the cunning, deceiving, exploiting people. Now when it is said to you that man has a destiny, you never think of a railway train. Only railway trains have destinations, stations. But beautiful words can go on hiding ugly realities. 'Man has a destiny' I have been hearing it from my childhood, and I have been saying each time it has been mentioned by somebody in some way, 'Please don't insult me.'
"When I said this to one of my professors, he was shocked. He said, 'I am not insulting you. To have a destiny is not an insult, it is the most honorable thing in life.'
"I said, 'It may be for you because you don't understand what you are saying. Destiny means predetermined; my tomorrow is already predetermined by somebody. I have not even been consulted as if it is none of my concern, I am nobody, just some playing cards in somebody's hands; whatsoever he wants he makes out of me. Whatever game he plays, that is my destiny. And this is thought to be respectful?'
"And the professor was not saying something crazy. That is what is thought all around the world. I said, 'I can understand why you are shocked, because you have never thought about the word destiny. How can I have a destiny? I have not determined it. Then who is the guy who determines it? And what right has he got to determine it? He has not even asked me. I don't know him, we have not even been introduced. Just for courtesy's sake he could have asked me,'This is going to be your destiny do you like it or not?' But nobody has even bothered that much.'
"Man has no destiny." Osho