Why work for what is pre-destined?

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When everything is pre-destined, Why should we still make an effort to achieve something?

Sage Parasurama asked Lord Dattatreya this very question. Sri Dattatreya said, ‘As the powerful wins when two rams fight, the karma with more power yields results. As known, destiny is nothing but the result of your previous karma. But, you have no knowledge of its strength. Hence, increase your present Karma to achieve the desired result, because this is in your hands.’ Sri Krishna also told in Bhagavad Gita, not to idle but do your Swadharma. Finally, everyone has to realize that spirituality never teaches escapism but motivates one to be action-oriented.