The Art of Spiritual Surrender
When most people hear the term “surrender,” the first thing that comes to their minds is something unpleasant, such as giving up, losing, being humiliated, or letting oneself be controlled or even imprisoned. However, when discussing spiritual matters, the term “surrender” may also imply “to give up,” but in this instance, it refers to letting go of all that is no longer beneficial to you. To spiritually surrender is to cease battling against “what is,” to let go of the shallowness of life, and to truly accept life in all of its expansiveness.
The act of spiritually letting go is called the “pleasure of surrender” in the writings of the Vedic tradition. It’s the great, uplifting sensation you get when you finally let go of something for good. It is breaking free of all constraints, going beyond your normal training, and allowing yourself to become open to an unlimited number of possibilities. It is a surrender of the limited self or of one’s own identity to the realm of the absolute.
When you spiritually surrender, you cease trying to impose your will on circumstances that you have no control over. Instead, you put your confidence and faith in the idea that there is a higher power that is making sure of everything in a way that is perfectly choreographed. For instance, the following are some more explanations of what it means to surrender:
- Arjuna is instructed in the Bhagavad Gita to “abandon all types of dharma” (which literally translates to “purpose”) and to “just submit unto me alone.” Krishna is a representation of the Divine. Do not be afraid; I will deliver you from all of your sinning responses.
- According to Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher, “Surrender is to say ‘yes’ to life,” and when you do that, you will observe how life will suddenly start working for you instead of against you.
- The author Debbie Ford has said that “surrender” is a gift that one may offer to themselves. It requires a leap of faith. It is expressing the sentiment that “even though I can’t comprehend where this river is going, I believe that it will carry me in the proper place.”
The ego enjoys having complete command over everything. It is what establishes the confines and restrictions within which you keep yourself locked up. Your ability to surrender paves the way for you to gain freedom and enter what Deepak Chopra refers to as “the wisdom of uncertainty.”
You may establish a complete connection with your source, the place from which the whole of the universe draws its strength to sustain you, when you submit.
You have the potential to become timeless, everlasting, limitless, full with pleasure, and fearless. Individual goals and longings are given over to a greater force in order to achieve fulfillment. Your own wishes become irrelevant in the face of “Thy will be done.”
The issue that arises now that you understand the reasons why surrender is so strong is, “How do you submit?” On your road toward surrendering, the following are five stages that you should take:
For complete submission, you need to have trust, which the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo defined as “the soul’s conviction in the existence, wisdom, power, love, and grace of the Divine.”
There is no need for you to consider anything else, travel somewhere else, or detour in any way from the path that leads to your objective. It is a condition of complete self-assurance as well as reverence for everything.
This means having trust in the spiritual instructors you have been given, in the lessons that you have been given, and in yourself. The faith that enables one to accept everything, including the positive and negative aspects of life.
You will also need to exercise patience. The virtues of patience and faith are complementary to one another. Both the cause and the effect of the other are present in each individual instance. Both may be thought of as serving both as a means and an end to the other.
They provide an exhaustive set of guidelines for living a spiritual life and may be read together. They were underlined as being vital for peace and well-being by the Indian spiritual guru Shirdi Sai Baba.
The capacity to remain calm and let events take their natural course, secure in the knowledge that everything you want will, without fail, present itself to you at precisely the right time.
Being conscious is a prerequisite for surrendering. You must keep your attention on the task at hand, work hard, and push beyond any uncertainties. Contrary to popular belief, spiritual surrender is characterized by an extension of one’s horizons rather than a contraction. When you surrender more, your consciousness grows, and this can only happen when you live with an attentiveness that comes from love. Love is the only thing that can bring about this expansion of awareness.
You have the single most potent instrument available to you on your spiritual path, and it is an act of surrender known as meditation. You may reacquaint yourself with the real, fundamental you by diverting your attention away from the typical activities going on around you and allowing your mind to settle into increasingly calmer states.
When you allow yourself to drift into the stillness that lies between your thoughts, you give up your limited, finite self and give up control to your limitless, everlasting self. You are able to unite your own identity with that of the Divine, to the point that the concepts of “I,” “Me,” and “Mine” are replaced by the ecstasy of oneness.
During your time spent meditating, you will have the opportunity to ask yourself the following four questions:
“Who exactly am I?”
“What is it that I desire?”
“What exactly am I here for?”
“For what should I be thankful?”
You may pose these queries at the level of your heart or your higher self, and once you do so, you should just listen to whatever response emerges from inside you without making any judgments about it. This, too, is a type of giving up control. You are moving beyond the limitations of your ego in order to receive direction from your higher self.
Bhakti, also known as the “road of love and devotion,” is one of the four routes to enlightenment described in the Vedic tradition. The road to submission may also be found here. Ishwara-Pranidhana, also known as devotion and submission, is regarded by Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, as the most essential component of a person’s personal code of behavior (Nyama). You will learn from the Vedas that dedication brings about humility, which is an important part of your path.
In Bhakti Yoga, one is instructed to devote a certain amount of time each day to the contemplation of the Divine in order to synchronize oneself with the Divine and its will. to acknowledge that your existence has a spiritual dimension and to cultivate more nuanced degrees of emotion. Seeing everything you do as an opportunity for yoga or unification with the divine, and serving mankind in whatever you do.
Patanjali taught that the way to access higher realms of awareness and experience calm that does not end is through devotion to a higher power and surrender to that power. When you surrender everything to a higher power, there is nothing left for you to be anxious about.
Love entered my life and emptied me out.
Love manifested itself, and in its wake, it overwhelmed me with the beloved.
It turned into the very blood that ran through my veins.
It turned into my limbs and became a part of me.
It evolved into everything.
I just have a name at this point.
The remainder is the property of the beloved.
To Whom Do You Surrender?
This is a question that many individuals who are on a spiritual journey find to be challenging. Should I give my allegiance to a spiritual instructor, often known as a “guru”? Am I humbling myself before a religious leader or divinity that I have no knowledge of by surrendering to them or selling out?
There is no such thing as a fully enlightened teacher who would ever urge you to hand up your body, your intellect, or your possessions to them. If you are lucky enough to meet an enlightened teacher, that individual will only accept what you voluntarily choose to contribute to the learning process. It is simple to give up control when you feel the benefits of his or her genuine, unconditional love filling your whole being.
According to the teachings of the Indian yogi and spiritual guide Paramhansa Yogananda, spiritual surrender is “self-offering of one’s will to God.” It cannot be considered passive. It involves actively giving oneself up to the will of God. According to a person’s particular set of beliefs, that person’s experience of God’s manifestation will be unique to them.
The first and last step in releasing the past and creating the world you’ve always imagined is to give all you have to the Divine in any manner you feel most aligned with doing so. This may be done in any way you see fit. In point of fact, despite the fact that you own everything, nothing truly belongs to you; rather, you have a temporary loan on everything.
However, when you fully submit to any facet of the Divine, whether it be human or otherwise, you are actually submitting to your own existence in a different guise. This is because you are truly surrendering to the Divine. It is not handed to you on your spiritual path; rather, you get all you need. You must first be able to submit to love and devotion in order to build the capacity to attune with your own higher self, which is the means by which you will receive it. You are automatically raised to the maximum degree possible; thus, assistance does not come from other sources but rather from within your own nature.
Complete surrender is the final fulfillment of your spiritual life. It isn’t about giving anything up. You don’t have to leave your family, quit your job, give away your possessions, or live in a monastery. Surrender isn’t about doing, it’s about just allowing. Allowing the truth, beauty, purity, and goodness that is and always has been you, to flow effortlessly through you and radiate out into the world.
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In the end, you will quickly learn that the solution to all of your problems, including every doubt, every disappointment, every suffering, and every obstacle, is to submit.
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