Friday 27 July, 2018
When does the metaphorical sun of surrender rise?
On this auspicious occasion of GuruPurnima I welcome the enthusiasm, joy and heartfelt emotions expressed by all of you loving dear ones. May you all be ever joyful and joyfully spread love everywhere.
Once upon a time, Naradji said to Lord Vishnu, “Lord you are the one who sustains mankind; you should command mankind that all of mankind must surrender to you; because you have created entire mankind and the universe itself”.
The Lord said, “Narad ji, it does not work like that. Man must decide for himself (or herself). Surrender has to be with one’s own will, there cannot be any force in that. Advice can be given, one’s attention can be drawn to it, but it cannot be made compulsory. Whenever force is used in surrender then the real meaning and purpose is lost. When love blossoms in the heart, only then the sacred nectar of surrender springs forth. When the desire of surrender arises from the depths of the heart only then does it have real meaning. Surrender arises only when there is complete faith. Only when the ego dissolves, the metaphorical sun of surrender rises.
If we consider ourselves the owner of our lives, then we are responsible for our own selves. We hold the post, but put the responsibility on someone else, how can that be?
Surrender arises only when service and devotion merge with the feeling of surrender. These three merge with each other. When we place our chosen form of the divine – the Lord in the central position in every activity of life, only then is our complete development and spiritual upliftment possible. It is compulsory and mandatory to accept the complete supremacy of the Lord in our life.
Some known and many unknown devotees, great persons, have surrendered their lives to the supreme Lord. The mystery behind the everlasting peace in the personality of the devotee, is the reflection of the stream of devotion flowing within the devotee.
Lord Krishna’s devotee Narisnh Mehta was once asked, “you have to manage your worldly problems and cater to family responsibilities, social obligations, and yet you are so peaceful and patient, how do you do this?”
What does Mehta ji say in response!, “brother, I have not kept any ‘I ness’, I have kept aside the metaphorical weapons of the ego. My Lord has to do all these things.” The Lord appeared in the human form and successfully fulfilled all responsibilities and obligations of this devotee who had surrendered all to the Lord with childlike innocence. The Lord ensured that the prestige of his devotee was maintained, and his status elevated. Real surrender truly calls for absolute surrender.
We must surrender our lives; like the sacrificial ingredients in the metaphorical sacred pyre (havan kund) of the Lord. Let us surrender our power of desire, decision-making capabilities and our capacity to gain wisdom, at the feet of the Lord. Let us strive with the inspiration and guidance of the Lord. And this way when success arrives, let us give the full credit at the altar of the Lord. If we do this then we will ensure that our ego gets no room to grow.
“Tera Tujhko Arpan, kya lage mera” (What is already yours, I offer it to you; indeed Lord what really is mine!)
Make the sacrifice, and then live it, experience it. This message from the Upanishads inspires us to live a life of surrender.
In the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjun becomes dejected and the conflict in his mind increases. He puts aside his bow and arrow. He is unable to even think of committing the sin of killing his own people, elders and teachers (gurus). He shares his decision, of withdrawing from the fight, with his friend and charioteer Sri Krishna.
Sri Krishna ji recites the knowledge of ‘The Gita’. Through that he transforms his beloved devotee and friend Arjun’s dejected, conflicted mind (vishad yog) into taking the path of action (karma yog). The feeling of surrender arises in Arjun ji and he is compelled to say that,
“I am free from my attachments, I will obey your instructions”
And he becomes ready to fight the battle for righteousness (dharma-yudha); and attains victory.
In the journey of our lives, we are sitting in the boat of time. The boatman is the Lord himself. Why do we have to take the burden of worldly responsibilities and worries? Let us selflessly perform our duties. After sitting in the boat of this material world, with complete surrender let us put everything in the hands of the supreme boatman – the Lord. After that, we should be come carefree. If we feel anxious then we must understand that we do not trust our supreme boatman, the Lord. We have not fully surrendered. Our words and actions are not aligned. Our faith is not absolute.
Our entire identity must flow with truth, love, compassion and service. Only the surrendered life is deserving of the Lord’s grace.
To experience the Lord’s grace, blessing and bliss, the mind must be full of positivity. The present life need not be renounced. Perform all the worldly duties and responsibilities with detachment. Irrespective of what stage we are in life, let us attempt from there onwards to live a life of surrender. By making efforts, the Lord’s inspiration is received.
My blessings to all of you.
Aum Maa Aum