Many researchers believe that man in his ordinary state has free will. It seems to them that it is God’s gift allowing man commit endless sins or, on the contrary, rise over in his sainthood. However, when you take a closer look, it turns out that the so-called will is not quite free and independent. All of its manifestations are associated with desires this way or another.
The first manifestation of the “will”, a positive one, will be following the desire dominating at the given moment. For instance, a man wants to get rich. This desire will take a long time to be fulfilled. During this period of time, he will be unwavering and determined and demonstrate the wonders of hard work. The background of it all will be fits of rage and periodic depressive conditions. If he gets what he wants, his biographers will write that he demonstrated the extraordinary will during that period. Yet, we must understand that going after a desire is not a manifestation of will. The man’s outer actions will create an illusion of his free will, though. If this desire is suddenly replaced with another one, all his behavior will change miraculously, and his ego will immediately find a logical explanation for that.
The second manifestation of “will” will be negative and going against desires. It is highly appreciated by the societies with the totalitarian ideology since man is capable of suppressing his personal desires for the sake of the supreme goals set by the leaders. As a matter of fact, the principal part of child-rearing in any society is to teach a child how to control his desires. The one who has mastered this skill better than the others is strong-willed while the others are weak-minded.
The more the man is preconditioned by his views on the duty to the society, the country, and his family, the more he will suppress his desires. In this case, he will look adequate and strong-willed, but sad because such manifestation of will is always accompanied by deep sorrow.
It cannot be otherwise while man’s actions are guided by the mind. Under the given conditions, all the acts of “will” will be guided either by desires or their opposing conditionalism accompanied by fear. The feeling that man has free will appears out of all these interactions and oppositions rationalized by the ego.
When consciousness starts transforming into a separate center, the process of decoupling from external and internal objects itself brings the new force to life, the one independent of instantaneous desires, the will that has no connection with them and does not need them to be expressed. It results from the decoupling efforts, and the closer man is to actualization of his true Self, the stronger his will and his ability to act without connection with desires get. The more power constituting the true will man has, the more capable he is of giving it in to God and accepting His Will as man’s own one.