What is surrendering and how to do it?

Surrender is key to self-realization. Without surrender, one is not available to the grace. Surrendering is essentially a technique to access the element of grace.

Surrendering is about realizing your own true nature. When you realize this, your mind stops and the space of ‘awareness’ becomes fully functional. When your mind stops, you become available to grace.

To whom?

Real surrender can only be done to one’s own ‘self’. However, one cannot surrender to his/her own ‘self’ without reaching a certain stage in the spiritual path. Until and unless one has realized his/her own inner space of awareness, it may be difficult to surrender to one’s own self directly. Until then, you may have to use your mind and emotions. So it is best to surrender to a personified form of god or the spiritual master.

How to do it?

Two conditions are best for surrendering. First is when you achieve something big. Second is when you go through one of the most difficult time in your life.

When you achieve something big, you naturally become happy and satisfied. When you hear such a big news in your life, sit in a peaceful space. It may be in your own private room. It may also be in some serene place outside — in a park or similar place. Sit comfortably in a meditative position. Close your eyes, and surrender your achievement to the god or other people. Bow down to all those. Realize that you achieved this success because of the help of many people and things around you. Realize that it was your own ‘self’ who made this success possible. It was never because of your ‘mind’. You used your mind but it was never the mind that brought this success. When you realize this, you become available to the grace.

Similarly, when you lose something big in your life or when you are going through some difficult time, do the same. Surrender your failure or difficulty to the god as well. Realize that success and failure come and go. Realize that they are just some temporary ‘experiences’. They cannot affect you unless you let them do so.

How to confirm that you have really surrendered?

Once you surrender, energy starts to flow through your body. It brings immense joy within you. If you experience such immense joy, it means that you were able to surrender. It may be difficult in the beginning, but with sustained practice, surrendering becomes effortless.

 

 

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What happens at the time of death?

Some say life is short and others say it is long. Whatever be your opinion, life is just the right time required for ‘liberation’.

We grow up, become old, and die. If you look closely, this process is going rather slowly. The reason why this is going slowly is that, the human life is designed for ‘liberation’ by evolution, to be freed from the circle of birth and death.

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Why so?

The most important condition for liberation is that you need to be fully aware at the time of death. If you die by accident, say in a car-accident, there is little chance for liberation. Because, at that moment, it is very difficult to maintain awareness. You will be scared and your mind will lose control completely in such instances.

But when you die naturally, there is high chance for liberation. In fact, natural death happens slowly to help you maintain awareness. If you maintain awareness and just be a witness of what happens at the time of death, you will be freed. No doubt on that.

But if you are not prepared and resist death at your deathbed, you won’t be liberated. You will have to take birth again. Unfortunately, these days, most people are not prepared to die.

Note: If you have difficulty understanding what is ‘awareness’ and ‘liberation’, please read other posts in this blog.

 

 

Why there are many gods?

So many gods everywhere. Where ever you go, you will find a god. And most probably it will be a new god. Different religions have different gods. Even within Hinduism, it is said that there are 33 crores of gods. But why so many gods?

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The only reason why you are seeing many gods is that because right now you are looking outside.

Right now you are only ‘thinking’ of god. But god cannot be ‘thought’ of. God cannot be perceived by your mind. How can you use a computer that is made by humans to understand a human being in totality? So you cannot use your mind to know the creator of the mind.

If you turn around and look within you, there is only one god. And that is ‘you’. That god is ever silent. He does not think. He does not react. The only thing he does is ‘witness’.

What should you ask from your guru?

Right now, you are a bunch of thoughts. You are full of garbage in your mind. At this time, it is not easy to knock you down. It is really difficult to make you realize who you really are. At this moment, even if god comes in front you, you will challenge him. You are full of logic at this moment.

Your guru can help you but it entirely depends upon you whether you want to wake up or not.

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Next time you remember your guru, pray him to come and punch hard on your face. Ask him to punch you again and again until your face is completely covered with blood. You are not just blood and flesh anyways, so it is perfectly fine. Otherwise there is no hope. Right now, you are completely asleep, and dreaming shitty stuff.

If you ever got a chance to meet your guru, you are definitely very lucky. But when you see him, don’t seek blessings from him. Don’t try to bow down and touch his feet. It is not going to help you, really. Rather ask him to kick hard right at your chest with his feet. Just like how Ramakrishna kicked swami Vivekananda on his chest to wake him up. Only then, you will realize who you really are. Otherwise, no other ways can still your mind.

 

Life is blissful not painful

Life is indeed painful. No matter how beautiful/handsome you are. No matter how educated you are. No matter how powerful you are. You are bound for misery.

In the material mode or ignorance mode, misery is guaranteed. Because to experience light, you must experience darkness. To experience the quality of being happy, you must go through misery. In the material world, pain and pleasure come in cycle one after another. It is your ignorance to think that you will become a happy person if you have money, power, and fame.

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But there is a way to get out of this painful cycle. You just need to switch your life from ignorance to knowledge mode. In the knowledge mode, life is blissful not painful.

Knowledge is extremely powerful. One knowledge of the truth can break all of your karma that you have gathered from your many past lives.

You are the owner of your body. You are the owner of your mind too. You are completely separate from your body and mind. Who are you?

Who is reading this right now? Who is aware that you are reading this right now? Find that knower. You will become blissful right now. No need to do yoga for many years. No need to chant mantras forever. You are not free just because you believe that you are not free. In reality, you are free — this is true knowledge. Just behold this truth and you can be free, right now.

 

Krishna is within you

Relax! Empty your thoughts! And close your eyes! What do you see? Darkness, right? And what do you hear? Silence, right? If this is true, you have found Krishna.

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But you don’t believe it. That is the problem. Because you have been told, from your very childhood, that Krishna is a godly person residing up somewhere in Baikuntha. Nobody told you the truth. Everybody told you the story. Nobody told you that you just need to close your eyes to have a darshan of Krishna. Nobody told you that Krishna is within you.

Krishna is darkness. He is the silence. This is knowledge. This knowledge is the nectar of Vedas, Gita, and all other scriptures.

Krishna is darkness but you are afraid of the darkness. That is the problem. Krishna is silence but you are afraid of the silence. That is the problem. In this condition, there is not even a remote chance of getting his darshan. Go to the most famous temple of Krishna, but you still won’t find him.

If you want to meet Krishna, you must be willing to embrace the darkness. You must be willing to shake hands with the silence. You must be willing to be a vacuum — empty of thoughts, emotions, and everything. The moment you become like this, Krishna will reveal. You will experience an immense joy coming out from nowhere. It is the bliss coming from Krishna directly, also called paramananda.

May you be filled with Krishna’s bliss, right now! Happy Krishna Janmasthami!

Why some self-realized beings are not vegetarian?

Is it a must that one has to become a vegetarian in the path of self-realization? 

This is one of the most confusing questions for many spiritual seekers.

For example, Moojiji has said that he is not a vegetarian and his culture does not require him to be a vegetarian. You might have also read this news about Sadhguru ordering a fish dish. Another example is Dalai Lama who is also a non-vegetarian. These kinds of news can be surprising if not shocking, to many spiritual seekers — especially the followers. So what is the deal?

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Once you have passed a certain threshold stage in the spiritual path, you become very stable and the external situations do not affect you much. This threshold stage can be one’s awakening of kundalini. What happens is that after this stage, the energies start to move upward. After this, your thoughts and emotions become very stable. Once you reach this stage, whatever activity you do in the external world, is not going to affect you. Because now you realize that you are separate from your body and mind. Eating meat can certainly affect your body and mind, but it cannot affect you.

But don’t ever think that because your spiritual master ate meat, you can also eat meat. You cannot do all the things that the self-realized beings can do. Until you are established in your own ‘self’, it is better to continue being a vegetarian.

In the spiritual path, any amount of reading is not going to help. You can continue doing google search but you will not find a conclusive answer.

The only way to get a truthful answer is through self-realization, through your own experience. There is a intelligence within you that can answer your each and every question. If you still have a question about meat-eating in your mind, it means that your mind and emotions have not become stable. So just continue doing your sadhana until your ‘self’ destroys all the questions of your mind.

 

How many times do you breathe in a minute?

Google this question and Dr. Google will tell you that on average a human being breathes about 12-20 times per minute.

Those are average numbers. For a person who practices yoga regularly, those numbers can be much lower.

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For example, right now, as I am writing this, I am completely relaxed and meditative. I am breathing about 4-6 times per minute.

Breath, mind and body are connected in a much deeper level than you know of right now. The frequency of your breathing can tell you a lot about your overall physical and emotional health. When you are thought-free, you breathe less. When you are stressed you tend to breathe more. And when you are relaxed, you breathe much slower.

What it means is that if we consciously control the frequency of our breathing, we can control our thoughts and emotions. In yoga, pranayama is one of the key practice among others like asanas, chanting, and meditation. Pranayama is all about controlling your breathe.

Breathing is a phenomenal process. So be conscious of it all the time. Not just thoughts and emotions, you can control the whole world with your breathing. It sounds exaggerated but it is true.

 

An angry person is capable of giving enormous blessings

Energy itself is neither good nor bad. Only the way it is handled can be good or bad. We can use nuclear energy for power production. Evil minds can use the same nuclear energy for destruction.

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An angry person has a lot of energy. It is just that he is expressing his/her energy through anger, in a negative way.

If you have an angry friend or an angry person in your family, try to please him/her. Don’t focus on his angry nature. Look for the divinity that lies within that angry person. There is god inside every human being. By any means, try to please the god residing within that person.

Bow down to him/her. Follow each and every orders. Cook good food. Take him/her out. If you can make that angry person really happy, blessings will shower upon you. There is no doubt.

 

 

The greatest wonder of the world

What is the greatest wonder of the world? Yudhisthira has answered this truthfully and beautifully when asked by Yaksha in Yaksha Prashnas. Yaksha Prashnas are a set of questions asked by Yaksha to Yudhisthira all of which are very interesting to read.

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To the above question, Yudhisthira replied, “Day after day countless people die. Yet the living persons wish to live forever. What can be a greater wonder?”

Indeed it is the greatest wonder. We know that our life is temporary but we still want a permanent job. We fight with others over petty issues. We want to gather as much money as possible. We live as if we are immortal. Isn’t it the most-wonderful thing?