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Our Master has asked all to develop Special Will. He wrote "What is the "Special Will"? It is that which admits of no doubt or misgiving. The negative phase being quite out of imagination, that alone which is to be, remains in sight. Confidence grows so strong that nothing contrary can ever stand in the way. Of course there are some brave souls in whom it develops right from the beginning, but in that case it works only within its own sphere and not in higher ones. I now reveal this mystery so that people may try for it. In all matters whether worldly or spiritual a man should make use of it and try to avoid harboring thoughts of failure or disappointment. Though in fact it relates exclusively to spirituality yet it does not mean that this science should not be utilized for worldly purposes. For a spiritual man, the use of it is of course indispensable and he can utilize it whenever he likes."

When our intentional consciousness gains a direction in which it has to work it also needs an impelling factor. Will is that impelling factor that enables us to act (thinking is an act) in a particular direction for accomplishing an intended task. Will is the primary expression of our state of being, the fountain through which our initiatives and intentions jet through. It is not the source of our initiatives but is the manner of expression of our intentions. The jet of intentions is directed in the manner which we choose based on our understanding of the 'why' and 'how' of the circumstances and situations in which a task is sought to be accomplished.

Our will is manifested through the choices we make. All learning to start with is based on 'trial and error' method. This is method is nothing but making choices. Choices that work are accepted as correct and choices that do not are considered as incorrect by the learner. Choice, therefore, is the pivotal factor in a self-controlled destiny. Choice begins from the moment we separate from the consciousness of our parents, and this happens in all walks of life.

When choice is consciously made, experience becomes part of the self-creation about which our Master often mentions. These are our choices and they are the building blocks of our memory and consequently that of our samskaras are acquired impressions. If we do not learn this way our life would reflect our conditioned patterns of thought (habits, fixed ideas and accepted beliefs) or other people's instructions, and we are no longer in charge of our own life experience. That this otherwise not very desirable manner of living can also be used for spiritual growth is what we find in many masters' saying that "think all actions as that of the master" with a warning that this can only be temporary measure.

Choices when made consciously gain the quality of decisiveness. Decisiveness is a great help to practical success as it strengthens and develops clarity of mind. Persons who plan the course of the day by fixing routines develop determination more easily.

When we decide to follow the First Commandment of the Master we are developing a will. By making it something that shall be implemented and actually do so daily, we have already sown the seeds for developing unfailing Will.

When we decide to offer prayer before going to bed and actually do so, we are again sowing the seeds for developing unfailing Will.

When we follow any injunction or Commandment we really are strengthening our intentions and thus developing our Will. Thus following any routine we fixed for ourselves enables us to have the benefit of extra bonus of 'developing our Will.' By assiduous practice that gets established in our life, we see that we have already formed the capacity to have an unfailing will. Accomplishment has its own rewards.

Once the capacity of implement decisive choices develops like this, we find that the so called trouble-some questions in various walks of life that had the power to sap our strength and resolution have lost the capacity to make us waver and we find we have firm modes of action in all aspects of life.

Making choices means choosing among alternatives. This is a very important factor that has influence in our success in any field of activity. We find that we have conflicting priorities in our life. For instance we want to meditate more so that we can wake up to our own Real-Nature. This we find is not possible as we have to spend more time at work to earn required amount of money. Similarly we would like to spend more time reading spiritual books but we don't want to miss our favorite TV show or movie. We want to do some spiritual work so that we can help others in the real sense but our friends and relatives say that is non productive and we can as well spend that time for earning some more money.

This is where we need to have firm choice and that is possible only when our will is developed. We should have clear idea as to what we want and this may be another way of looking at the goal of our life. We should know what we want out of life. If we find that we are stuck with lots of conflicting priorities in our life we need to seriously contemplate on what can make our life meaningful. In such contemplation we can discover what we want to get in our life.

We should not bother about what our friends and relatives think our priorities should be. There is no harm in considering their opinions in such contemplation on merits; but the priorities simply because it was stated by some one important should not be accepted. The priorities should not be the ones that the images on TV say we should become.

I know too many people who suffer through their days at work, doing what they dislike only for their paycheck. That's where the expression, "Thank God tomorrow is a holiday", came from. People suffer through their weeks only to find relief on the weekends or when they go on vacation. It is bare truth that we spend the majority of our lives living in ways that we don't want to live and doing things that we don't want to do. This is because of poor will.

The main question in life is " do we really want to be happy?" Do we will for the same with determination and conviction? I strongly believe the feeling of Santushti or being satisfied with what we have is the first step in becoming happy. This is the secret of happiness. If this is not there any amount of comfort or riches or fame will not give happiness. Real Santushti feeling is a by product of the awareness of transitoriness of things and events in life. There is every reason to look into our images in the mirror every day and feel happy at being what we are. We should note however that our image has been changing and we have always been happy at it. This is possible only when we Will to be happy.

There is no use in wailing over the past and getting distracted. As Master put it we should learn to Live. I only add let us live the life that we really want to live. Then we will be doing exactly what we want to do, living in the joy that we want, and the outcome of our life will be just what you Will- and for me a life in Master. Perhaps that is so with all of us also.

We should know that wishing and willing are quite different things. Suppose I consider whether I will or will not participate in the birth day celebrations of a friend I cannot wish in this matter. I must decide either to go or leave the matter at it. We should understanding that the process of 'Wishing' is essentially an acknowledgement of our inability, a dependence upon external events. Wish may come true or not. Understood this way the meaning of the words 'I am yet but a slave of my wishes' in our Prayer gains enormous significance. We are struggling with the things that are out of our hands and yet are clinging to it.

On the other hand 'Willing' is the use of our own power. The person who has developed his 'Will' does not grumble about the things that are not in his hands and even accepts failures brought out by no apparent action of his own, but is content to make the fullest possible use of the opportunities that does prevail. The person does not dwell again and again on the same thought or argument. If something does require to be thought over, it is brought forward and all the facts bearing upon it are considered, so that a clear and candid decision is made and then the matter is dismissed from the mind.

Our Master, Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj of Shahjahanpur stressed the fact that our mind is filled with countless thoughts, and therefore making each individual thought extremely weak. Will enables, instead of these many useless thoughts, to have a single or only one thought and thus ensures that the thought power is concentrated and gains the capacity to have wide influence. This is what we stress in asking aspirants to develop single pointed orientation.

We know that all great men are great because of their ability for strong and focused, thinking. This was the case with saints, scientists and scholars. Adi Sankara, Yajnavalkya, Plato, Panini, Patanjali or Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Ramanujam or C.V.Raman and many more were all persons, who were conscious of and able to apply their extraordinary powers of concentration to exclude all else but the object of their investigations. That is the special will that Master talks about. Any and every one can develop that to the extent he is capable of, is what our Master assures.

The development of this Will is essential to offer Pranahuti. Pranahuti is always offered with a firm conviction that it works and there is no doubt that is entertained by the transmitter. If there were to be doubt Pranahuti does not occur. Intention or sankalpa is the one truth that is there always. It is the Intention (of God) that is the cause of the universe. It is a spiritual truth that there is an immeasurable and indescribable force and absolutely everything that exists in the entire Universe/Cosmos is connected to it. This is what is called by many as spirit or consciousness. When we are developing our unfailing Will we are only pressing into service this universally available force for the betterment of the quality of life in general. This force is self creating (that is inexhaustible), kind and loving granting peace to all who share it and make everyone in its fold consciously feel the calm that is faintly reflected when a person feels in the lap of the mother.

Though the force is there to be tapped by all, it is only those who have the connection to the source that succeed in making their Will indubitable. One needs to be in harmony with the Source from which all that is, has emanated- what Master calls the Base. 'That we have the power of the source' is the first conviction or faith that is required in the development of the infallible Will. Possibly that is the reason Master repeatedly states that the human mind and divine source are of similar nature.

It is only when we allow our connection to get loosened, and rusty up the link between us and the Source by living at the lower levels of consciousness we loose our capacity for the development of the firm Will. This fact informs us the logic between the purificatory processes that are advised by the Master. Thus we see the cleaning process not only helps us to get rid off the samskaras and impressions we have gathered around us but also for the development of the Will that is most essential in sadhana. The genius of the Master is such that a method he has given us does more than one task.

I remember Master once wrote to an aspirant who said he was able to meditate for 30 minutes some like this 'it is good that you meditate for half an hour. However you may meditate for 1 hour as prescribed.' The point is that we should first determine to do what we are asked to. This determination shall stand irrespective of the quality of the meditation. Once that is achieved the quality of meditation automatically becomes better because by then Will has developed sufficiently to treat thoughts that are not related to the Divine as uninvited guests. To treat thoughts as uninvited guests requires the developed Will. It is very many times amusing that the aspirants complain saying that they are not able to treat the thoughts as uninvited guests. It is not the fault of the Master or the method but is the outcome of poor will to attend to the task at hand.

It is again for the same reason that many complain they are not able to meditate on the points A and B. The best thing is to do however inefficiently and ineffectively it might be to start with and then when such a performance yields a developed Will move in the path speedily.

If some one is given the task of developing wings to the horse or a horn to the hare one can only wish. In such realms of imagination Will has no place. But in real life, and spiritual is more real than the material, it is the developed Will that can help us.

For everything that is asked to be done by the aspirant or the trainer, I find the general approach is 'that by the grace of Master the task will be done.' This is the real attitude provided the individual also Wills for performing the act and does in fact Act as he should. To think that one's weak Will, will be strengthened by the Masters Will is not the correct position. The intention of the Divine is universal and beyond time and space. It is always there to support a good cause. It backs up every good intention of any individual. Thus the Divine intention has a direction, a focus and a force - the fountain is always there. There is no gain saying to state the individual will is backed by Masters Will to avoid one's responsibility. This no one can do without compromising on the quality of transmission and one's dedication to the divine service. We stand on our feet and to state that the mother Earth enables us to stand makes as much sense as to say we have the divine backing. We are divine by birth and right and when our Will is divine in its nature it is truism to say that it is backed by the Divine will.

Master has asserted that the power of transmission or Pranahuti is a yogic attainment of a very high order which a yogi can infuse by his own Will force, the yogic energy of godly effulgence within anyone and remove anything unwanted in him or detrimental to his spiritual progress. It is obvious that there is need to develop one's own Will for offering Pranahuti. The attitude of some that it emanates from the blue skies or other sources is not correct. That the individual can develop this kind of Will only when he owns up the conditions in Brahmand is a matter that is well understood by all discerning aspirants.

Such can be the possibility only when one assiduously practices the system with an absolute Will to the reach the goal.