Well, here is this flower, it’s been plucked, its fate now is to shrivel down, lose its moisture, tenderness, and then meet the soil. If I toss it up, its fate is to? It’s entirely predictable. If I tell you, how much force I exert in tossing it up, with what velocity does it go up, you can accurately predict the time it will take to hit my hand again. This is cause and effect.
In the classical parlance, this is called Karma (The Action) and Karma Phal (Result/ Fruit of the Action). And both go together and are inseparable. And if time is removed, both are one. The moment of this flower leaving my hand and the moment of this flower hitting my hand back, are absolutely one, what separates them is just time. I am calling them one because the moment this flower leaves my hand it is certain that it will hit the earth or the hand, or any other thing again. Nobody can violate that certainty.
And when two events are one, when the happening of one guarantees the happening of the other, then we better not call them separate events at all. If two events are one in the sense that the happening of one, the occurrence of one, is a sure shot guarantee of the occurrence of the other, then we are needlessly calling the two events as separate. What separates them is just time. Remove time and, this is one my hand (tossing the flower up), and this is again on my hand (the flower comes back). Is there a difference? If I do it with a little more skill and you picture me with my flower on my palm, on both the occasions you will hardly find any difference in the photographs.
If ever any difference will be found, that too that too will be attributable to time. For example, if it hits my hand after a really long time, let’s say one year, then my hand could have grown a little older, but even that is time.
Now, this is Fate as seen within the context of cause and effect.
Whatever is material, shall have material consequences. And, no consequence can change the material into non-material.
Whatever you do to the flower, will only change its material state. It can vaporize, from one form, one shape, one color, one kind of molecular configuration it can change to another. But nevertheless, it will always remain? Material.