|Vedanta Spiritual Library|
Unit - 15
Lesson - 1506: Nature of Surrender
By Raja Subramaniyan
Love for God is called Bhakthi. Complete and unconditional Bhakthi is called surrender.
Surrender to God does not signify any physical act. It is the mental attitude resulting from our understanding of our limitation to liberate ourselves from the clutches of the Illusion. When we know God is the master of Illusion, we practice Bhakthi Yoga, which is to love god completely. Lord Krishna calls this as surrender to God.
In life, we strive to achieve various objects of desire like name, fame, money and such. Whenever we are successful, we assume that the success is due to our hard work, perseverance and such positive qualities. The real reason for our success is God's grace.
Newton's third law, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", does not apply to our efforts and the results. Should the effort-result relationship follow Newton's third law, there is no role for God in our life.
It is obvious that not every effort brings about appropriate results. No one has devised any formula for success. There is no way anyone can assure that the chance of failure is zero.
Example: Scientists at NASA will anxiously watch the takeoff of the space shuttle. If they were sure of their work, no one should have any anxiety.
Therefore, it is clear that there is always a mismatch between effort and results, which cannot be understood by the rationale mind. In spite of such obvious lessons that can be learnt from thousands of years of history, many have not yet recognized the role of God.
They are the atheists who continue to think that they shape the environment according to their effort. They do not pray to God. Such people cannot progress in the path of Bhakthi Yoga.
When there are repeated failures in spite of the best effort, some of the atheists take to drinking or drugs. In some cases, they resort to suicide. Such behavior is the result of not trusting God.
Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute [Verse: 15]
7.15 The evil-doers, the deluded, the lowest of men, do not seek Me; they, whose discrimination has been destroyed by their own delusions, follow the ways of the demons.