Maha Upadesh of Aadishri; Part – 24 A
Surrender to God is the culmination of all the pathways to Godhead. All tools, all knowledge is useful only when the realization dawns on a person that, he is a small entity and God is vast and that by the dint of his own efforts, he as an individual cannot ever reach God. The realization dawns that it is only by the grace of God, that Godhead can be reached. Such a person surrenders to the divine will and he is liberated.
This surrender has to be total-Ego, intellect, body-attachment to all these things, has to be given up. And the motive of giving up should not be yet again another transaction. If one gives up anything because one will get God as a result, then such a desire will itself prevent surrender and realization.
A person who surrenders everything in the true spirit, without any desire for anything worldly, such a person merges with Guru and God.
Such a person, finding his true resting place, achieves happiness, contentment, detachment, patience etc on his own without having to do anything to achieve them, simply because such a person realizes the essential nature of Himself, God and the nature of existence. Being in this eternal truth such a person naturally finds peace.
The four things that need to be offered to God are-your mind; your devotion; your worship and you’re your faithful salutations. This is what is written in the Gita chapter 18 verse 65.
Have you ever wondered what prevents us from god realization? If you study the problem in depth, you will see that it is your mind alone that prevents you from reaching the divine state. And we can cross the mind only by surrendering to something that is higher.
It is also a fact that all the disciples of a Guru do not achieve the same levels of realization. Have you wondered why? The reason is because the level of surrender of each disciple is different.
The higher the surrender the greater the progress. It should noted that faking it does not work. Pretending to surrender will not solve the problem. It is only when you trust the Guru and his teachings completely, only then surrender becomes real and liberation achieved.
It should also be understood that surrender is not an action or karma but a state of mind and heart. As you believe so shall you become.