Spiritual parlance, we are often told to ‘surrender’
does 'surrendering’ mean?
once read that if you have a chipped tile on your ceiling that
can do three things.
can change the tile, change the room, or accept the broken
Life, one also has 3 options:
what one does not like.
up what one does not like.
what one does not like.
‘acceptance’ is called ‘surrender’
will be surprised to learn that many will not take any of the
3 options given above. And you know why? Because they prefer
to continue playing the martyr. People like to talk ad nauseam
about the problems they have in their lives. Give them the
above 3 options and they will not take any because they will
not take responsibility for their lives and the outcome of
yourself: “Are you enjoying what you are doing?”
reason why you are not enjoying what you are doing may be,
because your attention is more focused on the result of your
action rather than on the act itself. Which means that you are
living more in the future than in the present moment.
the act of the moment. Give it your full awareness! And leave
the result at the feet of the Almighty.
to popular belief ‘surrendering to the situation’ does not
the role of a martyr does.
use of brakes is more advisable to save oneself, rather than
stepping on the accelerator and charge headlong into a
to what is (After having done ones best to change it) gives
rise to stress and pain.
does not mean that one should not do, what one should be doing
to improve the situation. But if there is nothing more that
can be done on ones part, this moment, then one must go for a
walk and enjoy the breeze and the butterflies!
heard in a lecture : "Jab log poochhey ki kyon hai, to
hanskar javaab do, ki bas yoon hai”
(not literally), it implies to accept the present moment.
people ask: “Why me?” I say “Why not you? Who has
said that you have immunity towards this problem?”
the Bhagvad Geeta Krishna expounds the Supreme
Philosophy to Arjuna.
having explained in detail about the various Paths of
Spiritualism: Gyaan (Knowledge) Bhakti (Devotion), Karma and
Dhyaan (Meditation). Arjuna is still not clear about his path
of action. Krishna then, urges Arjuna to have full faith and
dharmam, parityajya, maamekam sharanam vraja,
Aham twaa sarva paapebhyo, moksha yishyaami maa shuchah’
all duties and take refuge only in Me.
Grieve not, for I shall absolve you from all sins!
note that Krishna wants Arjuna to wage the war, Krishna does
not wish that Arjuna ‘escape’ the situation. Krishna
advises Arjuna to fight to the best of his capacity and
surrender the results to the Lord.
in the pursuit of Spiritualism, a pilgrim reaches a point of
following is an excerpt from Shree Morari Bapu’s series of
discourses called Nisaadhanta,
which I have translated)
a pilgrim feels he has failed after trying every prescribed
means to reach the Lord, he cries out in despair. Tears well
up in his eyes, and he feels the pangs of separation from the
now feels he can do nothing more in his sadhana (Spiritual
feeling of helplessness when all means fail, Mahaprabhuji
calls ‘Nisaadhanta’. Bhagwan Ramanuj calls this state ‘Tap’
and it is called ‘Vyaakulta’ by Caitanya Mahaaprabhu. The
devotee now consciously surrenders to the Lord.’
can surrender to whatever each moment brings. If the moment
brings pain or fear, also do not resist it. Watch it and feel
it. Without judging.
have read that negativity is dark. Your Consciousness is
and darkness cannot coexist.
Does the law of least effort mean that
you should give up on your goal if you fail?
Definitely not! A setback may only mean that the time is not
right for that desire to be fulfilled, or that its fulfillment
is occurring where you are not looking.
law of least effort indicates that success comes not through
struggling , but through love and acceptance.
you are not achieving your goal, you need to go deeper into
doing so, you will spontaneously incorporate the principles of
responsibility and defenselessness.
will align your goal to be manifested according to your dharma
at the right time.
examples from the Scriptures:
means complete surrender to the Lord. In the Ramayana the
Devas prayed to Lord Vishnu to save them from the harassment
of the demons, The Devas took ‘Sharanaagati’ and the
result was that Lord Vishnu took birth as Lord Ram, the son
of king Dasharath
Raavana’s brother was a true Bhakta (devotee) of God.
pleaded with his brother Ravana to return Sita to Rama.
insulted him and kicked him out of the kingdom.
came to Rama and asked for protection.
entire army of Rama was against accepting Vibhishana in
stated that whosoever took God’s Sharanaagati would be
would protect even Raavan if the latter came to Him
to Morari Bapu, the scriptures, though they may be of ancient
origin, offer a solution to our present-day problems and are
an eternal light to mankind's future.
then what does a modern man do? One who has not the time nor
the inclination to read the scriptures and yet wants to get
rid of his problems?
such a case Morari Bapu feels that after one has analyzed the
problem and taken the right measures to remedy it, pray and
leave the results to the Lord.
to Morari Bapu in order to eradicate a problem, three
requisites are important.
one who is willing to help must understand the
true nature of the problem.
must have the compassion to try and eradicate the
he must have the capacity of getting rid of the
observed closely it will be noticed that one of the three
points is mostly always missing in the personality of the
helper. The one to help may know the nature of the
problem. but he may not have the capacity to get rid of
It. or alternatively, he may be capable of alleviating
your problem, but he does not have the compassion to do
so or he may have the compassion and the capability,
but he may not understand the real nature of the
Bapu urges us not to put all our energies into the world to
achieve happiness. Go to the Lord — Pray, he says. The Lord
understands your problem — He has the compassion and is
capable of getting rid of it.
God listens to your prayer consider It His Prasad, His Grace;
if he does not answer your prayer know that "NO" can
sometimes be an answer.
fact Morari Bapu implores his audience to stop making a
choice. Make happiness and unhappiness your friend and there
will be no problem. If happiness comes, consider it a laddu
(sweet), given by your mother. If unhappiness, then the
medicine given by the same loving hands.
Thoughts from Bahai Writings:
calamities and afflictions have been created for man so that
he may spurn this mortal world-a world to which he is much
attached. When he experienceth severe trials and hardships,
then his nature will recoil and he will desire the eternal
realm that is free of afflictions and calamities.
are benefits from God, for which we should thank Him. Grief
and sorrow do not come to us by chance, they are sent to us by
the Divine Mercy for our own perfecting…
seems to be part of the polish God employs to make us finer,
and enable us to reflect more of His attributes.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba says:
Do not be affected when the results you
anticipate are not produced; leave it to Him. He gave you
time, space, cause, material, idea, skill, chance and fortune;
you did but little of your own. So why should you feel as if
you are the doer? Do your duty as a sincere sadhana...
Prayer on Surrender