20. WISH AND WILL

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  1. WISH AND WILL

Baba’s wish for His lovers:

  1. Do not shirk your responsibilities.
  2. Attend faithfully to your worldly duties, but keep always at the back of your mind that all this is Baba's.
  3. When you feel happy, think: "Baba wants me to be happy." When you suffer, think: "Baba wants me to suffer."
  4. Be resigned to every situation and think honestly and sincerely: "Baba has placed me in this situation."
  5. With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others.
  6. I say with My Divine authority to each and all that whosoever takes My name at the time of breathing his last comes to Me; so do not forget to remember Me in your last moments. Unless you start remembering Me from now on, it will be difficult to remember Me when your end approaches. You should start practicing from now on. Even if you take My name only once every day, you will not forget to remember Me in your dying moments. –Meher Baba

WILL

  1. Be resigned to the will of God.

2.Do not use your Mind when the will of the Beloved God becomes your will then you are footless and headless.

  1. 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.”
  2. The Truth is that not a leaf moves but by will of God.
  3. There is no free will. Everything is according with working of one’s own sanskaras.
  4. 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

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.

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.

The Divine wish turns the Divine will into action

The Divine Will always operates in Creation, but the Wish comes only from the Avatar. Perfect Masters simply follow the Divine Plan He has created.

Though Will and Wish are similar, they operate in two distinct manners. In Creation, everything happens according to Divine Will. Will operates only in the domain of Illusion, but the Divine Wish turns the Divine Will into action. To tread the Path of Truth and go beyond happiness and suffering, the Divine Wish is required.

The Wish comes because you are in contact with an enlightened one. You don't think about good and bad; you go beyond them. Thoughts become very natural to you; you have no question of thinking. You have only one thought, to think of Him.

Divine Wish makes it very clear what you should do. The Divine Will is very difficult to put into action, but the Divine Wish is direct and makes it very easy for you to put things into action in order to please the Beloved. If the Wish is there fully, you automatically obey God's Will.

Everything happens according to Divine will, and it is mistake to think that God has a reason has a rival in form of a devil. Accentuation of forces of good is necessary for releasing Divine life in fullness. But the evil itself often plays an important part in accentuating the forces for the good, and it becomes on inevitable shadow or counterpart of the good. Like other opposites of experience, good and evil are also, in a sense, opposites which have to be withstood and transcended. One has to rise above the duality of good and evil, and accept life in its totality, in which they appear as obstructions. Life is to be seen and lived in its indivisible integrity.

The Divine Will is always there; the Wish changes from time to time according to circumstance. The wish makes you want to pursue the Divine. When people follow different religions, even though they are under Divine Will, they cannot put the Divine Wish into action. In order to tread the Path of Truth, you have to follow His Wish, and Divine Will is automatically put into action.

All things animate and inanimate obey Divine Will, but only human beings can be under His Wish. It makes you follow His Will rightly. If you follow His Wish, you automatically look after His pleasure.

Divine Will is a river going inexorably towards the Ocean, taking everything heedlessly in its course, animate and inanimate. The flow of the river is continuous, but there are certain obstructions, eddies or pools, where souls can become trapped. The Divine Wish is like a strong hand pushing the soul into the fastest current in the river towards the Ocean, even though the river is always in the Ocean. What a paradox!

When you follow the Divine Wish, your journey to the Ocean is very short, though sometimes the quickest channel is over a waterfall, bumping against every rock, or in a tidal current that is racing towards the Ocean at breakneck speed. Most people must undergo 84 lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of births before they reunite with God. But if you come under Divine Wish, the number of births required is reduced.

Souls can resist the Divine Wish, but they cannot resist the Divine Will. There are also degrees of following His Wish. Someone who follows His Wish 100% will seek His pleasure 100% as well as obeying the Divine Will 100%. For instance, by living at Manzil-e-Meem, Dr. Ghani was following Baba's Wish. But when he wanted to sleep and Baba wanted him to play cricket, Ghani was following his own wish and not Baba's.

When people are suffering, the Wish makes it possible to put the Will into action towards the Divinity, to tread the Path of Truth. Wish is that which takes the Will and gives it force to proceed in the right direction, above good and bad, towards Divinity.

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.

A man once approached the Prophet Mohammad with the question, 'Tell me Prophet Mohammad, are all my actions because of Divine will, or is it all my free will?'

The Prophet was seated talking with His disciples when the man asked this question. He knew the intention of the man was to trap Him. He asked the man who was seated to stand up. Then Prophet Mohammad started talking with His disciples and ignored the man. After a while, the man got restless. He again asked the same question and asked Him to give a reply if He knew the answer and not keep him standing.

The Prophet looked at the man and said, 'Yes, I will give you your reply but first you raise your one leg and stand.

The man did as he was asked to do and stood on one leg. The Prophet again started talking with His disciples, completely ignoring the man as if He had forgotten about him.

After some time, the man was visibly upset with anger asked the Prophet, 'Why don't you answer instead of making me stand on one foot?

The Prophet looked at the man and said, 'Yes, I am going to answer your question, but first you must do what I ask you to do. Raise your second leg also and stand.

On hearing this, the man was totally infuriated. How can anyone stand with both legs raised? You are asking me to do silly things instead of answering my question. Do you have any answer?'

The Prophet said, 'Yes. The first leg that you raised is your free will. To the extent that you can move your leg around is the extent of your free will. Your second leg represents the Divine will which supports your free will and just as you are unable to raise your second leg and stand, you cannot change the Divine will and whatever is your free will is also totally dependent on the Divine will.”