The Divine Will is an elusive thing for sure. The religious preacher confuses his strong beliefs with the Divine Will, the despot attributes his success to it’s action, and spiritual aspirant is supposed to surrender to it. Does any such thing as the Divine Will really exist? How can one recognize it ? The Divine Will does exist because there is a teleological purpose in evolution. Every soul is being led to the Truth through a certain line of evolution, seemingly haphazardly, and it is this Divine Will which subtly goads him to progress forward. Ordinarily, the Divine Will remains concealed due to our ignorance of our true nature but it begins to unveil itself as we gradually erase the ego through Yoga and allied occult-spiritual practices.
Question: Is it possible to know the Divine Will without having any experience of the Divine Reality, without rising to the intuitive consciousness or entering into the depths of one’s heart?
Mother: Certainly, without at least one of these three conditions, one runs a grave risk of being mistaken and taking one’s own subconscious will for the Divine Will.
The Mother, More Answers from the Mother: 19 July 1935
Conditions for knowing the Divine Will
Purification of consciousness is necessary to uncover the Divine Will. There are certain set of practices one must do regularly as an integral part of spiritual life. First, one must let go of one’s certitudes and beliefs, and clear the clutter of opinions one has acculumated regarding the world. Secondly, in day-to-day life, when one makes decisions or responds to people, the consciousness must be centered above the head instead of around the forehead or near the heart as is normally the case. This is a very useful technique which aids in becoming impersonal and rising above prejudices. One must also live with equanimity during the day and have sound sleep at night.
Mother: But it is difficult to know the divine Will, isn’t it? We have already studied the subject at length. Don’t you remember what we said? There are four conditions for knowing the divine Will : first – an absolute sincerity, second – to overcome desires and preferences, third – to silence the mind and listen and fourth – to obey immediately when you receive the order. If you persist, you will perceive the Divine Will more and more clearly. But even before you know what it is, you can make an offering of your own will and you will see that all circumstances will be so arranged as to make you do the right thing. But you must not be like that person I knew who used to say, “I always see the divine Will in others.” That can lead you anywhere, there is nothing more dangerous, for if you think you see the divine Will in others, you are sure to do their will, not the divine Will. There too we can say that not one among many, many human beings acts in accord with the divine Will. Questions and Answers (1950 – 1951): 14 March 1951
In the initial stages of Yoga, it is possible that one might suddenly start experiencing coincidences (“I was looking for something and suddenly this person called and said he was thinking of giving away that exact thing“). One must not get excited by such coincidences because they may occur due to a minor opening into the cosmic mind. These are all trivial phenomena which will recede after providing initial entertainment.
A first glimpse of attunement to the Divine is seen after one has long periods of deep restful meditation. One feels as if some hidden stream of intuition within has been tapped. In this state, you have moments of spontaneity where you act out of some hidden instinct and later realize that you unknowingly did the right thing. Such brief attunements continue to grow stronger (along with misinterpretations!) as the higher power descends and changes the consciousness. The self-realized soul reaches the zenith of this movement for he/she acts and grows in likeness of the Divine.
The Divine Will lurks behind our every action
In this passage, the Mother points out that in any decision-making process, there is a duel between the desires of the vital and the ideas of the intellect. In between, the third voice – the voice of the soul – which wishes to speak from within the heart usually gets suppressed.
Mother: One does not have the discernment because one does not care to have it! Listen, I don’t think there is a single instance in which one does not find within oneself something very clear, but you must sincerely want to know—we always come back to the same thing—you must sincerely want it. The first condition is not to begin thinking about the subject and building all sorts of ideas: opposing ideas, possibilities, and entering into a formidable mental activity. First of all, you must put the problem as though you were putting it to someone else, then keep silent, remain like that, immobile. And then, after a little while you will see that at least three different things may happen, sometimes more. Take the case of an intellectual, one who acts in accordance with the indications of his head. He has put the problem and he waits. Well, if he is indeed attentive, he will notice that there is (the chronological order is not absolute, it may come in a different order) at first (what is most prominent in an intellectual) a certain idea: “If I do that in this way, it will be all right; it must be like that”, that is to say, a mental construction. A second thing which is a kind of impulse: “That will have to be done. That is good, it must be done.” Then a third which does not make any noise at all, does not try to impose itself on the others, but has the tranquillity of a certitude —not very active, not giving a shock, not pushing to action, but something that knows and is very quiet, very still. This will not contradict the others, will not come and say, “No, that’s wrong”; it says simply, “See, it is like this”, that’s all, and then it does not insist. The majority of men are not silent enough or attentive enough to be aware of it, for it makes no noise. But I assure you it is there in everybody and if one is truly sincere and succeeds in being truly quiet, one will become aware of it. The thinking part begins to argue, “But after all, this thing will have this consequence and that thing will have that consequence, and if one does this… “ and this, and that… and its noise begins again. The other (the vital) will say, “Yes, it must be done like that, it must be done, you don’t understand, it must, it is indispensable.” There! Then you will know. And according to your nature you will choose either the vital impulse or the mental leading, but very seldom do you say quite calmly, “Good, it is this I am going to do, whatever happens”, and even if you don’t like it very much. But it is always there. I am sure that it is there even in the murderer before he kills, you understand, but his outer being makes such a lot of noise that it never even occurs to him to listen. But it is always there, always there. In every circumstance, there is in the depth of every being, just this little (one can’t call it “voice”, for it makes no sound) this little indication of the divine Grace, and sometimes to obey it requires a tremendous effort, for all the rest of the being opposes it violently, one part with the conviction that what it thinks is true, another with all the power, the strength of its desire. Questions and Answers (1950 – 1951): 5 May 1951
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