Human will is founded and fulfilled in the divine will

Some people think that human will and divine will are opposed to each other – when we submit to God’s rules, we lose our freedom and become like slaves.

However, such thinking completely misunderstands the nature of the human-divine relationship.

To think that we and God are opposed is to assume that he exists in the same category of existence as we do; that he is like any other person, albeit more powerful than us. But God exists in an entirely different category; he is the source and sustenance of all of existence. Without him, nothing would exist –there would be no human and no will. Therefore, to compare him with an enslaving dictator is to erroneously superimpose our negative experience with finite beings on the Infinite Absolute in whom no negativity can exist.

Far from being a dictator, God is our greatest benefactor. We all want to be free so that we can pursue and attain happiness. And the highest happiness is found in the reciprocation of love. Moreover, we long for everlasting love. This longing is perfectly fulfilled when directed towards the eternal source of love: God. Therefore, when he asks us to follow rules that redirect our love towards him, he is benevolently helping us to fulfill our deepest longing.

When in love, the lover says to the beloved, “Your will is my command.” Such a statement reflects not the absence of freedom but the presence of an intense love that fulfills the purpose of freedom.

The same applies to the human-divine relationship as is evident at the end of the Bhagavad-gita (18.73), wherein Arjuna declares his determination to do Krishna’s will. This declaration heralds the fulfillment of human will, for it propels the human heart’s entry into the topmost love with the source of all love.

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