OBEDIENCE, HIS WISH AND HIS WILL
Meher Baba said that even in willing obedience there were the following four stages:
Baba added that the last-named kind of obedience was rarely seen, and found only in those who were spiritually advanced.
When one of the mandali requested a clarification regarding His wish and His will as they pertained to the mandali, Baba replied: "When I say to the mandali, 'I want you to do this', it means I would like you to do this if you can. It equals a request on My part.
"When I say 'I wish you to do this', it means I want you to obey, whether you can or cannot. It is an order and the chance of My wish being thwarted is by your disobedience.
"When I say 'I will you to do this', it means you are to do it
definitely and automatically, and you are able to do it because I
make it possible."
THE ANCIENT ONE, p. 130
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