Maha Upadesh of Aadishri Part – 20

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri Part – 20

(Aadishri Arun)

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri Part - 20

Surrender is a battle term. It implies giving up all rights to the conqueror. When an opposing army surrenders, they lay down their arms, and the winners take control from then on. Surrendering to God works the same way. God has a plan for our lives, and surrendering to Him means we set aside our own plans and eagerly seek His. The good news is that God’s plan for us is always in our best interest (Bible, Jeremiah 29:11), unlike our own plans that often lead to destruction (Bible, Proverbs 14:12). Our Lord is a wise and beneficent victor; He conquers us to bless us.

Surrender is a key step in our journey towards self-realization. Most of us rebel against surrendering to anyone outside of ourselves. We have been brought up to believe that we have to strengthen our ego, gain skills and knowledge and by that we can progress in our goals. These goals could be spiritual or temporal. For us everything in life-including God-realization is a project. A project for which we have to work towards diligently.

The nature of God-realization is totally different. It is only by completely surrendering to God’s will that we can be self-realized. Why is this so? The reason is that when we are ruled by the Ego, all we can see is a limited world. I, Me, Myself is what our life revolves around. In that situation the world is divided into two categories. The first category is Me and all those things that belong to me. The second category is those things that are not in the first category!

When we are ruled by our ego, we compete with the world for everything. But the reality is that everything is a part of God. Only God is real. And that the entirety of creation comes from within the essence of God. What if, in our body, the stomach started competing with the heart or the brain or the lungs? What if the stomach denied nourishment to these vital organs?

We all know that it would be foolish and suicidal for the entire body and for the stomach as well. This may seem obvious to us but isn’t it how we behave when it comes to living in this world?

For God, we are all His children and He does not discriminate between His children. He loves everyone equally. So it is clear that if we are in our Ego, we cannot be in God.

When we realize this, we don’t know what to do. The Ego is limited. It does not have the vision or the capability to see beyond itself. But this realization is a golden moment for the individual seeker. This is the point when the Ego gives up and gets out of the way. That’s when surrender takes place. That’s when an individual gives up and puts himself in the hands of someone who is higher than his ego. This is why it is very important to understand the concept of surrender.

Surrender is of many types and there is confusion in the mind of the devotee about the meaning of the word surrender. Let me clear the doubts in this article.

When we think about, “surrendering to God,” we usually think in terms of letting God do what He wants with a SITUATION. This is certainly good – for most often God does use situations to bring us to surrender. However, if we limit surrender to our situation, we are liable to miss the point.

God may want us to surrender to a situation so that we may learn to surrender but more than that, God wants us to surrender ourselves to Him in all situations!

It is important for us to grasp the meaning of surrendering ourselves. Surrender is not with regards to a particular situation or object. We often think that this means, “Well, I will die to myself and put aside what I want in this thing, and allow God to do as He pleases.” Again – this is good. But it still isn’t the real issue.

To surrender myself to God means this: I will let God do in me whatever is necessary to get Himself glory, and whatever is necessary to make me into the person He is after. I hope we see that this is very different than surrendering in a particular situation. What I am talking about here is more than surrendering THINGS to God, and then standing back and letting Him work. No. I am talking about surrendering MYSELF to God. There is no standing back. And there is no simple, “cooperation with God.” Rather, the whole issue is my relationship with God. I – my whole self – is falling into His hands so that He can make ME BE what He wants through the current situation.

Actually, this is what Paul means when he talks about giving ourselves to God as a living sacrifice:

Surrendering your life means:
Following God’s lead without knowing where He’s sending you;
Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come;
Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.

You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.
You also know you’re surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself.
Surrendered hearts show up best in relationships. You are not self-serving, you don’t edge others out, and you don’t demand your rights.

Surrender is a battle term. It implies giving up all rights to the conqueror. When an opposing army surrenders, they lay down their arms, and the winners take control from then on. Surrendering to God works the same way. God has a plan for our lives, and surrendering to Him means we set aside our own plans and eagerly seek His. The good news is that God’s plan for us is always in our best interest unlike our own plans that often lead to destruction. Our Lord is a wise and beneficent victor; He conquers us to bless us.

There are different levels of surrender, all of which affect our relationship with God. Initial surrender to the drawing of the Holy Spirit leads to salvation. When we let go of our own attempts to earn God’s favour and rely upon the finished work of Lord on our behalf, we become a child of God. And there are times of greater surrender during a human’s life that brings deeper intimacy with God and greater power in service. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we exhibit traits of His character. The more we surrender to God, the more our old self-worshiping nature is replaced with one that resembles that of a saint. The scriptures, says that God demands that we surrender the totality of our selves; He wants the whole, not a part:

The goal of the human life should be as “It is no longer I who live, but God who lives in me.  And the life now I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Such a life of surrender is pleasing to God, results in the greatest human fulfilment, and will reap ultimate rewards in heaven.

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri – Part – 19

Maha Updesh of Aadishri Part – 19

Maha Updesh of Aadishri Part – 19

(Aadishri Arun)

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri - 19Maha Updesh –

Is it possible to experience only happiness in this world? Most people think that that is not possible but the unlikely answer is – Yes.  Why do I say this?
I say this because the essential nature of the pure soul – from which everything else is constructed – is eternal happiness itself. In fact it is Sachitanand. Which roughly means-truth, consciousness and bliss.

Where you go wrong is that you confuse the goal of happiness with the objects and tools that you think will take you to your goal. You spend your entire life gathering those things that you think will take you to the distant goal of happiness.

But the reality is that the tools are temporary and at best only a means, while real happiness is eternal is not dependent on any tools.

The perception of reality and understanding its true nature, is all that is required to reach the state of eternal bliss.

This fact is well known in theory but in practical life, people get sucked into the very same attachments with those very things that they know deep down as not required for true happiness.

Not only that, people spend most of their lives chasing and gathering those objects of desire and then live the balance of their lives fearing the loss of the objects that they have gathered.

The sense of “I”, “Me”, “Mine” is strengthened by this type of attachment and the fear of loss of those objects creates a double whammy, that tie down most people to sorrow of a world in flux.
Fear and desire-that is what most people fluctuate between…

Hapiness lies beyond…

The perception of this from within your being is the journey of Yoga and spirituality.

Maha Upadesh of aadishri; Part - 18

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 18

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 18

(Aadishri Arun)

Maha Upadesh Of Aadishri; Part - 18

Maha Upadesh

You may have heard “Surrender to God“, but no one knows what does it mean, exactly? Surrender is not a difficult word but “surrender in the name of the law” usually means trouble for someone. And we know that when one side surrenders to another in battle, it’s a sign they have given up any hope for victory. Similarly surrender to God means to give up any hope for victory and to come for walking into Lord’s desire.

If you surrender to God, what are you giving up? Does it mean, as it does for the enemy in battle, to give up on victory in your lives? Is God holding a gun to our heads and forcing us to give Him everything you have, like a bandit or mugger might do? To be sure, there are those who are willing to portray God in that way, especially where self-gain is involved. But when you come to know the true character and nature of God, you quickly discover how false that image is.

Surrender means to yield ownership, to relinquish control over what we consider yours: your property, your time, your “rights.” When you surrender to God, you are simply acknowledging that what you “own” actually belongs to Him. He is the giver of all good things. You are responsible to care for what God has given you, as stewards of His property, but by surrendering to God, you admit that He is ultimately in control of everything, including your present circumstances. Surrendering to God helps you to let go of whatever has been holding you back from God’s best for your lives. By surrendering to God, you let go of whatever has kept you from wanting God’s ways first.

In the beginning, God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and gave them everything they needed. All that was good to eat was available and attainable for them. All, that is, except one tree – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Enter the serpent, the one we now recognize as Satan. Sly and deceptive in all his ways, the serpent’s first move was to question the word of God, when he suggested to Eve, “Did God really say that you couldn’t eat from that tree?” As we all know, suggesting that forbidden fruit may not be forbidden after all is almost the same as license. Only the wise will question the potential result of giving in to temptation.

What if Adam and Eve had been wise enough to see the deception? What if they had recognized the choice that was being put before them, and rather than doubting God’s Word, they had chosen instead to obey God? What if they had realized God was to be obeyed, even if His command didn’t seem to make perfect sense to them? But note that God did not say to Adam and Eve, “you can’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Rather, we read in Genesis 2:16-17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Adam and Eve were given a choice to surrender to God when He said, “you shall not” as opposed to “you cannot.” The fruit of this tree is not something we’re likely to find in the produce section of our supermarket, but rather it represented the alternative God offered. Should Adam and Eve trust and obey Him for a greater reward down the road, or should they give in to the momentary desires of their hearts? Had they chosen to surrender the longings of their hearts to God, it’s possible that we may all be living eternally on a perfect earth, right here and now. Tragically, Adam and Eve did not choose that path. And because of that first act of disobedience, our hearts have become more and more prone to selfishness with each generation. (Consider the evidence presented in chapter 4 of Genesis – when Cain, the very first human born to a woman, murdered his own brother. How quickly the corruption occurred!)

Before you decide to blame every problem throughout history on Adam and Eve, though, it’s important to consider that we are all given the same choice they were given. It’s just that they were the first ones to blow it.

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part - 17

Maha Updesh Of Aadishri; part -17

Maha Updesh Of Aadishri; part -17

(Aadishri Arun)

Maha Upadesh Of Aadishri; Part - 18

 Maha Updesh Of Aadishri:

We have all heard the term surrender. But do we know its real meaning?

The difficulty in understanding of surrender the real meaning of this term comes from the nature of the mind since the nature of the mind is the opposite of surrender. You will find that your mind will always be an obstacle to your getting to true wisdom because it is in the nature of the mind to create jealousy, doubt and fear. All and any kind of situation, relationships and problems upset the equilibrium of the mind. The fact is that a turbulent mind can never find peace. Thus it is important that surrender be practiced since a turbulent mind can be settled only by surrender. And surrender is something that comes from beyond the mind.

Surrender is something that destroys the arrogance of Ego and the darkness of ignorance. Ambition, jealousy etc are quietened by surrender and it focuses the mind in the right direction. The fact is that in today’s world, neither the sanctity of knowledge nor neither the respect for the people with wisdom, been maintained.

The fact is that whatever be the kind of knowledge-spiritual, temporal or just academic, its gaining requires respecting the Guru and surrendering to his greater self. And what is the nature of this surrender? This surrender has four aspects. It is required that you surrender your mind, your devotion, your worship and your obedience to the Guru. Only when you do this sincerity, can you gain true knowledge from your guru. This is what the Gita says in chapter 18: verse 65.

The other issue of importance is the question of happiness. Can we be eternally and constantly happy? We find that all we can achieve is fleeting moments of happiness even though the goal of every soul is eternal happiness. Why is this so? The problem with the achievement of happiness is that most of us confuse the state of happiness with the objects that may give us temporary pleasure. Our lives are spent in gathering and collecting those things that we think will make us happy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact is that all the things of this world are allusion, relative and temporary. Thus even if you gather all the things that you think are necessary for your happiness, you will soon realize that since the life of those objects is itself temporary, hence your sense of happiness, which is based on those objects, can also only be temporary.

The irony is that for those people who know this truth and who still pursue those objects of desire fervently, such people live in fear about the loss of those very same objects after they have gained those objects. And as far as those who only seek objects blindly, they are those who live in arrogance about what they have achieved and they don’t know the pitfalls.

In either situation, can there ever be happiness?

Some people live in unhappiness because they have nothing and some-who has everything also, live in unhappiness since now they do not know what to do-what further object to gain- to be happy and they fear the loss of what they have already gained.

The problem is that most of us try to create our own definitions of truth and we attach various material achievements to the gaining of truth. The fact is that the state of true happiness only comes from a state of detachment and desirelessness about the objects of the world. The person who is in this blessed state may on the surface appear to live a normal life, going about his business, but such a person truly does not attach his sense of happiness on any particular result of any particular activity.

Action in the field of the world is not a problem- all of us have to ceaselessly act. But what leads to the problem is that we have become attached to particular outcomes. This expectation and attachment takes away our peace of mind and joy. If we want to be truly happy, detachment is what we have to achieve since expectations destroys peace, happiness, wisdom and even mental balance. Attachment leads to desire, desire leads to anger if the object of desire does not materialize and anger leads to the destruction of wisdom, which is essential to taking the correct decisions in life.

Now that we have pinpointed the thing that makes us unhappy, we can think of ways to mitigate it. Detachment-which is the opposite of attachment, can give us happiness but it can only happen when we lose the sense of ownership over what we consider ours and instead expand our sense of ownership to the entire universe. When we lose the artificial distinction between what is mine and what is not mine, desire and fear are gone and happiness emerges.

When we are in such a state the mind our attention naturally go inwards and that is where the state of happiness actually exists.
So my advice to you is that leave the state of attachment and also leave desire since these are source of all unhappiness. Anybody who is attached will suffer. Even the gods suffer because they too are attached to certain things.

Therefore, if you are truly able to do this, you will start to live in your inner self and that is the start of the journey to liberation.

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 16

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 16

(Aadishri Arun)

Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 16

When righteousness comes in its full (four) aspects, only then peace and happiness can come into the lives of the general population.  And that is also when the nature of life on earth is called Satyuga or golden age. Thus only when righteousness is established in full measure can the age of Kali-Kaliyuga, be said to have ended and the golden age-Satyuga be said to have started.

Peace on earth can be established only then.

The conditions required for the start of Satyuga are as follows.

  1. The destruction of evil doers and
  2. The destruction of the seed of evil that exists in the hearts of the ordinary population as well.

Only when these two conditions are fulfilled can the age of Kali would be said to have receded and only then the age of Satyuga can be said to have started. The job of the destruction of the evil doers has been assigned by the Lord to Himself in the form of Lord Kalki but the second job has to be done by each one of us in our own hearts.  What is that job?

The seed of evil in the hearts of the common people starts flowering only under certain conditions.  What are those conditions?  Here in this section we will talk about the first condition.  That condition is that all of us live a life of reactive thinking rather than proactive thinking. We are always reacting to our circumstances.

Thus to achieve Satyuga, one of the important things that has to happen is that the present reactive thinking of the people has to reduce.

This change has to come about in your heart and the best way to do this is not to be reactive to your circumstances.

How to recognize this reactive mode? The answer is that if you do something because someone has done something to you, then you are in the reactive mode. The implications of being in this mode are that you are a slave to the action of other people. And this is the start of evil in your heart since you will justify even your wrong actions simply because someone else has done wrong to you. The solution is not to play this action/ reaction game and you must learn not to be a reactive slave to the actions of life and society around you. Only then can you be considered free.

So my suggestion is that you should constantly check your actions. Ask yourself- Was my action independent of provocations or was it a reaction to what others did to me?

This reactive mode can never lead to peace, happiness or freedom since anything can happen anytime in the world and if you are reactive then you will be like a puppet being pulled on a string that is held by someone else.

So being non reactive and independent-thinking is a prerequisite to be happy and also for the re-establishment of Satyuga since only positive minded people will make the transition to the golden age. The rest will be discarded like dead wood is discarded in a fire.