Saturday, February 14, 2015

Five Minute Friday - When

When life is humming and it is joyful, some of us are grateful and give thanks to God, some of us forget and claim life to be in our control and grasp, that we created and steered our own destiny.

When life is hard and we struggle, some of us turn to God for help and comfort, and some of us are angry at Him and blame Him for dishing out these hardships.

When major transformational change occurs in our lives through joy or hardship, these are moments when an opportunity to know God is presented. And then having lived through that, they provide us the means of Divine devotion. And from that some of us then claim to have surrendered to God. But surrender is not an easy thing to do.

When is surrender truly surrender? This is my interpretation of surrender and of course each will have their own.

When both sorrow and joy are accepted and treated alike
When we no longer work in outcomes and destinies and desire control
When the actions of others no longer upset us
When we no longer think of the fruits but only our actions
When all actions are done in love for Universal good and dedicated to God
When actions undertaken in helping others is done silently in joyfulness without need for appreciation or reciprocation.
When the only pride we have is in the love of the Divine.
When with every breath we take we are mindful of the Cosmic Breath
When we have made complete peace with our past and it no longer affects us adversely
When we are at peace with the present and ourselves
When we are at peace with the future without knowing what it is. But just knowing that it is just as it should be.
When we choose to be in the flow of the Universal force and we trust it unflinchingly.
When in every moment (good and bad) we can feel His bliss and know His truth.
When our only desire is to know God.

Then we have surrendered to Him and we are in a state of  Sat Chit Ananda 

Sat = Absolute/Divine Truth/Existence
Chit = Divine Consciousness / Love 
Ananda = Divine Bliss


How do you define Surrender?

~x~

I am the source of all spiritual and material universes, 
for everything emanates from Me.
Knowing this, the wise engage in My devotional service 
and worship Me with all their hearts.
~ Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita




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28 comments:

  1. Loved the way the whole piece conculded. . Surrendering and experiencing the bliss!!
    Good One !!

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    1. Thanks Manish. Surrender is bliss. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Your explanation fulled every thought I could have about surrender. This state is what we should all try to achieve.

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    1. Thanks Francene. Yes, this is the ultimate surrender (for me at least). I'm trying but every now and then I fall off the track.

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  3. Just beautiful Suzy thank you! Such a wonderful paradox -surrendering without attachment to outcome ..

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    1. Thanks Susan. Glad you liked it. Detaching from outcome is quite hard to do, but quite liberating.

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  4. Thankyou for this postivity Suzy. I truly am tying to live up "When we no longer think of the fruits but only our actions." It's vey hard. Specially for those who have lived all their lives running after the result. Good marks, good family life, good bank balance and good... well, the list is never ending. I don't know if I will ever be able to live life just because it is beautiful but I am trying. Such posts makes me believe that I am doing something right and the universe is guiding me by saying yes. this is the path :)

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    1. Thanks Ina. Detaching from the fruits is not easy but once done is quite liberating and stress free. Don't give up and one day you will get there.

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  5. I loved your definition of surrender. There are so many different ways to define it. When I think of surrender I think of surrendering all material attachments and bowing with humility and devotion down to the lotus feet of Krishna.. Surrender is an opportunity where we trade material attachments for loving devotional service.

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Krishna definitely calling out to both of us this week to surrender. You put it so beautifully - surrendering material attachments for loving devotional service. Blessings Jessica. May you love for Krishna keep growing.

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  6. Most of the times, the material world around us, force us to run around and for results. Else, we are considered non-worthy.
    Though I agree to what you have mentioned, here. But, the path to attain is very challenging and the most trying.

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    1. True Ajay, that the spiritual path is a tough one, but once you are on it, it brings you so much joy more than any material thing can.

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  7. I think for me surrender is to be at peace with myself and my life...But it's so difficult no?

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    1. Yes Naba, being at peace with life is not an easy thing to do but once done it is joyful.

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  8. Suzy the points mentioned by you are really worthy of practice. Beatiful post.

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  9. It would take a lot of will power to treat sorrow and joy alike, and of course lot of practice too.
    Beautiful and thoughtful post.

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Treating sorrow and joy alike does not mean that we don't feel the emotions, it just means that we bring restraint into our emotions. Glad you found it thought provoking.

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  10. Lovely post! This is what I believe as well. You must be thankful for the good and the bad...because the bad teaches lessons that ultimately lead to the good. The blessing is have God by your side through it all in trust, faith, and love. ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Exactly right, faith love and trust in the Divine is the essence of life.

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  11. I love every challenge that life throws my way for it is a step closer to absolute surrender to God's will.

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    1. So right Shailaja, each one an opportunity to know God.

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  12. When letting go, letting go of ego becomes surrender... ;) <3

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    1. So true Elly. It's that ego that comes in the way of surrender

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  13. Surrender of all our vices and desires leading to inner peace. Being that free or balanced is so difficult, how not to celebrate or mourn? Such a thought provoking post Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Inderpreet. It is understanding that both sorrow and joy are necessary because life must balance out.

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  14. A beautiful post, Suzy. Complete, total surrender is not an easy thing, not easy at all. So many roadblocks on the way, thanks to our big egos. But if we can see it as a progressive journey, each situation in life helping us practice something of the surrender, no matter how many times we fail, we maybe on the path.
    Hope you won't mind my sharing here that last year I too had written something on this very important topic which was published in an e-magazine. http://nextfuture.aurosociety.org/musings-surrender

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    1. Thanks Beloo. So true that surrender is a progressive journey. But there does come a moment in time when suddenly that penny drops and surrender becomes complete. Thanks for the link. You explained surrender beautifully and some of my thoughts here are so well expanded on.

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