After my last post on free will, I was hoping somebody might have given a perspective based on gurbani on this question. Well here are a few quotes from gurbani which could be seen as having a bearing on the question of free will:
ਹੁਕਮੀ ਸਭੇ ਊਪਜਹਿ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਹਿ ॥
By the Hukam of His Command, all are created. By His Command, actions are performed.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Siree Raag, Ang55
ਨਾਨਕ ਆਪਿ ਕਰਾਏ ਕਰੇ ਆਪਿ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਵਾਰਣਹਾਰਾ ॥7॥
O Nanak, the Lord Himself acts, and causes others to act; by the Hukam of His Command, we are embellished and exalted. ||7||
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Raag Maajh, Ang 141
ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੋ ਭਲਾ ਕਰਿ ਮਾਨੀਐ ਹਿਕਮਤਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਈਐ ॥
Whatever the Lord does, accept that as good; do away with your own cleverness and self-will.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Raag Tilang, Ang 755
ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥1॥
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Jap, Ang 1
ਹੁਕਮੁ ਮੰਨਹਿ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਤਾ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
If you submit to the Hukam of the Lord's Command, then you shall meet with the Lord; only then will your ego depart from within. ||Pause||
Guru Amar Daas Ji, Raag Vadhans, Ang 560
I accept that it's probably not good practice to quote single lines from a shabad, one must look at the whole stanza to appreciate fully the meaning. I haven't given these lines of gurbani a lot of thought, and my initial reaction is that they are at odds with us having the freedom to act independently - everything is ordained, and it's best for us to submit to God's will. Well, it'll be interesting to hear what others have to say.