Don’t resign yourself to your past. You CAN change your destiny.
“Yoda tells Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, “If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.” The teaching of karma demonstrates that our actions today stay with us and impact us tomorrow. Obi-Wan’s apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, becomes Darth Vader—in that action he makes certain his journey down the dark path, and once he starts it consumes him, dominating future actions. Vader becomes trapped by the dark side; every evil act he commits takes him deeper into the dark side and makes it harder and harder for him to break the karmic chain of his malefactions until evil seemed his only choice.
If we take Yoda’s words above as absolute truth we may think that, like Vader seems to be, we too are dominated by our choices and actions, and they entirely consume us, but recall the following from Return of the Jedi.
“You cannot escape your destiny,” Obi-Wan tells Luke. “You must face Darth Vader again.”
“I can’t kill my own father,” Luke says, almost pleading.
“Then the emperor has already won.”
Later, as Luke stands over his fallen father prepared to destroy him, the Emperor is ecstatic. He gleefully says, “Good! Your hate has made you powerful. Now, fulfill your destiny and take your father’s place at my side!”