An Artist's painting of Rishi Markandeya
Rishi Markandeya said, "Man is the dispenser of his own destiny. The actions done in a former life are seen to produce fruits in this life. The soul is born again with its accumulated load of karma. By performing only virtuous actions it attains to the state of the celestials. By a combination of good and bad actions, it acquires the state of human beings. By indulgence in sensuality and similar vices, it is born among the lower animals. Therefore must we strive to do what is virtuous and forbear from doing what is unrighteous."