‘Surrender’ implies giving up (or handing over) all rights, ownerships and privileges to the conqueror. Surrendering to God also means the same. Bhagawan (Iswara) has a plan or design for our lives, and surrendering to Him means we give up or set aside our own plans and dreams and willingly seek His.
The most interesting fact is that Bhagawan’s plan for us is always in our best interest unlike our own plans of our ego consciousness, which more often undoubtedly lead to destruction.
Surrender culminates in non-duality (Advaita) unlike in Devotion where we see duality in operation. That is why it is said that Gnana (Wisdom of oneness with GOD) and Bakthi (denoting actually prema bakthi – Divine or selfless love) are one and the same.
By surrendering to God, one is expected to remain unperturbed by the effects of destiny, to remain calm, confident and cheerful every moment acting through those appropriate free-will options that will make the beloved GOD happy instead of expecting God to make us Happy as an ordinary devotee or a religious follower wanting to attain World through GOD or GOD through world.
In other words only a life that is surrendered to GOD will be filled with Blissful experiences and perpetual joy.
Let us examine some verses from Vedic scriptures on Surrender:
From Srimad Bhagavatam (11.2.36):
Kaayena Vaacaa Manasendriyairvaa Buddhy-Aatmanaa Va-Anusrta-Svabhaavaat |Karoti Yad-Yat-Sakalam Parasmai Naaraayannayeti Samarpayet-Tat ||
Whatever action done with the body, speech, mind, the sense organs either by discrimination of the Intellect, or by the deeper emotions of the Heart, or by the existing vasanas (tendencies) of the mind, the devotee does them all without Ownership,
and surrenders them all at the feet of Sri Narayana.
As per Verse 1 of the Durga Sooktham:
Jātavedase sunavāma soma marātīyato nidahāti vedaḥ .
Sa naḥ parṣadati durgāṇi viśvā nāveva sindhuṃ duritātyagniḥ
Meaning: The juice of the Soma shall be pressed out and offered to the Jatavedas (Deva Agni). May the all-knowing Durga destroy all our enemies (bad gunas). Agni will protect us against all obstacles – and take us across difficulties like a boatman who ferries people across the river.
Scriptures also say that like the Fish which is surrendered to the river, happily swimming upstream we should surrender to God to cross over the ocean of finite and turbulent material energy caused by the Maya, the indescribable power of the Lord.
The act of surrender to the Supreme Eternal Infinite Absolute Reality who we call ‘God’ can be achieved by following these six steps derived from the Vedic scriptures such as The Bhagavad Gita, Vaishnava Tantra, Bhakti Rasāmṛita Sindhu, the Vāyu Purāṇa :
1. Desire only in accordance with God’s will. (As directed by your Conscience). This refers to living a Dharmic Life adhering to Ethics and Morals dedicating all works to Lord (Iswara-Arpana).
2. Do not desire anything against God’s will. This means no resentment and lamentation and accepting every experience as Iswara Prashad
3. Always believe that there is one Great Father – the Almighty GOD to protect, save and bless you and always practice his Presence.
4. Develop the attitude of gratitude for all his blessings, every moment.
5, Remember always that all your possessions, those of others and all the things in this world are only God’s possessions. Nothing belongs to you. (Getting rid of the Mine Consciousness)
6. Surrender yourself completely to him, including your pride that you have surrendered to him (getting rid of Ego).
Accepting your present situation, Equanimity, and seeing everyone and everything in Equal vision are the great qualities you will acquire, when this surrender happens.
The Power of Selfless Love is God and the Love for Power is Ego.
Faith leads to Devotion. Devotion leads to Surrender. Surrender leads to Liberation.
Surrender has been suggested as the path in the conclusion of Bhagavad Gita, wherein Sri Krishna advises Arjuna to abandon all varieties of religion and simply surrender unto Him.
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
Meaning: “Abandon all varieties or forms of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.”
This is very similar to the claim of Christianity that God appeared on earth to wash off our sins.
ONE GOD – MANY NAMES
Guruji’s U3L for God is the slogan for Surrender derived from all these Teachings of scriptures.
U3L stands for Unlimited, Untiring and Unconditional Love for GOD.
Let us develop U3L for GOD and be free.
GF Blessings. Om Tat Sat