The True Meaning of
What exactly is surrender? To give yourself
entirely, unconditionally and absolutely to God is surrender.
To attain that state, you should first develop friendship
with God. What is friendship? Is it saying, “Hello!”?
No, not at all. Feeling of oneness is true friendship; the
two must feel alike and think alike. The Telugu word Maitri
(meaning friendship) has two syllables, one is mai
and the other is tri. This tri
stands for the three planes of a human being, namely, body,
mind and soul. Thus the word maitri
connotes a feeling of oneness at all these three levels. Such
a state alone can be called a state of true friendship.
can be attained only when the body, the mind and the soul
are all surrendered at the Lotus Feet of
the Lord. As long there is a feeling of duality, a sense of
I and you, the notion of mine and thine, the Divine state
cannot be attained. Your true reality is the Atma
(the individual Soul) which is a wave of the Paramatma
(Universal Soul). Krishna has declared that He is in everyone
and every being. Thus, you do not have a separate existence;
the individual and the Universal are one and the same. Just
because bodies are different, you think that you have a separate
existence. If, however, you seek friendship with God, you
must give up this body-consciousness. You must follow the
command of the Divine. But these days, selfishness has taken
precedence over obedience to God’s commands. If you
disobey God’s commands, if you do not pay heed to them,
can there be any true devotion? Always abide by the wishes
of God and realise that this is the right path to Divinity.
Purandara Dasa, a great devotee of the Lord,
once declared: “O God! I forgot you in my previous birth
and that has resulted in my being born again. This time, if
I install You in my heart, there will be no rebirth; I will
become a liberated soul.” These days, everyone is harassed
by doubts of various kinds. As long as there is a feeling
of attachment to the body, doubts cannot be overcome. Proper
exercise of discrimination alone would lead to the Truth.
For example, Purandara Dasa asked himself: “There are
isolated trees on mountain tops that are otherwise barren.
Who planted these trees, who watered the saplings, who protected
them, and who provided the fertilizer? Who painted the feather
of the peacock with such a glorious combination of colours?
O God, you are such a wonderful artist!” The green parrot
sports a nice red beak; who gave the parrot the red beak?
Scientists have no explanation for all these wonders of Nature
because their approach is purely worldly and materialistic.
This is not the proper way of understanding Reality. Truth
can be grasped only through the path of spirituality. God
is the fountainhead of all existence and the will of the Divine
is the cause for every happening. Nothing happens in the Universe
without the Sankalpa (will) of
Ishwara (God). You must have
this belief implanted firmly. Don’t ever imagine that
you are a low and an ordinary mortal. You are nothing of that
sort; you are truly speaking a child of God, a spark of the
Divine. Therefore it is that Purandara Dasa sang: “As
long as I am aware of Your presence in my heart, I do not
feel lost. You are the real doer and not me. You impart knowledge.
You protect and You also reprimand when necessary. There is
nothing that is not Yours. I am wholly Yours. When You, the
Lord Almighty, are doing so much for me and are taking care
for me, how can I be called poor?” Like Purandara Dasa,
all of you also are a spark of the Divine. He realised that
he was; you too should.