Baba said

Be resigned to the will of God. Everything happens as per God’s will and is necessary whenever you accomplish in all that you do or do not do is My will.” There is no free will. Everything is according with working of one’s own sanskaras.When My will becomes your way, you are safe and you are saved. I know the way and its labyrinths for I am the Way and I am the Goal.

Meher Baba discoursed


Free will

There is no free will. Everything is in accordance with the working out of one's own sanskaras,

We have free will to the extent that we choose to remain separated from our true being. There is no other free will besides this. You exercise your freedom either to become His slave or to remain a slave to yourself. That's the only free will you have.

You have heard of the Perfect Master, Ramakrishna, who lived in Calcutta. Ramakrishna was a Perfect Master of His age. Once He gave to His disciples the following figure on free will. A frog lives in a well, he has the freedom of the entire well, and he thinks that the well is the whole world.

He says to himself, 'I am the Lord of this place, I am the possessor of all, and I can do whatever I wish in this world of mine.' Inside the well the frog thinks that he has free will to do whatever he wishes and to remain as he wants to be. But he does not know that his world is only just a little hole.

So we have our free will, but Meher Baba says our free will is to the extent and limit of that moment when we either consciously seek to realise our true Self, or continue to remain separate from our true Self. That is the important thing Baba has said - you do have your free will; but that free will is to the extent you can exercise your freedom to remain separate from Me, your true Self.

Baba said My will and wish are two different things

It is a fact when I say nothing happens but by My will. For you, it should be said by you thus, 'Nothing should happen but what Baba wishes.' This means that My will and wish are two different things.

He added in cryptic fashion, "As nothing happens but by My will, your going against My wish is by My will."

I want you to do this means I would like you to do it if you can. That is, it is a request. I wish you to do this means I want you to obey whether you can or you cannot. That is, it is an order. In such cases there is a chance of the wish being thwarted by disobedience, by not obeying. I want you to do something means that you are definitely, automatically have to do it, and you are able to do it because I make you do it – because it is My will.

When I give an order, it is not like an order given by a commander in the field of battle. Rather, when I give an order, it implies My pleasure. It should not be equated with the order given by a General. In My case, it is an expression of My pleasure. Thus, I give you scope to exert your very most to please Me.

Free will and Divine will-an example

It's like a train journey. Once the journey begins, you are stuck with whatever baggage you have. This baggage represents your sanskaras. Divine will represent the route. You can't alter the route of the journey. The train takes a fixed route to its destination. Your free will is only restricted to what you can do on the train. Either you can look out the window, play cards, chat with your fellow passengers, and go to sleep or read a book.

Although the options are many and the activity you do on the train may give you a sense that you can alter your journey, yet it is not the case. Your life, the beginning and end and the route that it takes, is fixed by the Divine will. What you do on the fixed route is your free will. How you accepts the events in your life, the people who are supposed to meet you, how you interact with them that is your free will. It is this free will that will decide your next journey and the baggage that you will carry on it.

You see, there is very little one can do to avoid the major events, whether they are mishaps or successes, from happening. These have already been ordained for you and based on your past sanskaras or actions of your past life. However, there is one thing that you can do - accept these events joyfully and gracefully, filling up every moment with Baba's remembrance. If you do this successfully, not only His remembrance will soften the impact of the mishaps or other bad events that are meant to occur in your life, but eventually it will finish off your journey once and for all. It will take you to the final goal of all journeys, after which you have to journey no more.