The aim of Sahaja Yoga is spiritual evolution, liberation and union with God.

The practice of Sahaja Yoga is not about balance because it is not about using the will. Will is the domain of techniques. The body is always thrown out of balance when the will is used, because the life energy is not free but in the service of the will, the seat of which is the mind and it’s core drive, ego.

Even if balance were to be attained, it is not possible to maintain this tenuous balance indefinitely by using the will. Sooner or later, one must surrender, though people devoted to control and willful practices may tell you otherwise.

What we truly are is, and has always been, in union with God, is already perfect and already free. Through Sahaja Yoga, impediments to regaining this happy state in our present situation are swept away, and we live in Truth and the bliss of union without a break. From this point, the body can eventually cheat death. How long this takes varies with every individual, from weeks, to months, to years, to lifetimes.

Surrender to What?

One of the keys to surrender sadhana is knowing what to surrender to. One doesn’t just surrender. When you just surrender, anything goes. This is not wise. You can’t know what you will get, and you may not like what you get. But surrender only to God, and you will get only God.

I can hear in my mind Yogeshwar saying, “accept what comes,” over and over again. There is a thin line between acceptance and surrender, so thin, in fact, that this line can easily blur. Do not surrender to what comes, surrender only to Absolute God. Do not surrender to God in the relative sense, or whatever turns up as a result of your surrender. Surrender only to Absolute God. But do you know what That is? If not, perhaps these quotes from the Bhagavad Gita will help:

Of the thousands of humankind, scarcely anyone strives to attain the highest. Even of seekers and siddhas, scarcely anyone really knows Me. — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 3.

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and individual self-sense (ego), are the eight parts of my material (relative) nature. Such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest (absolute) existence by which this world is sustained. — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5.

Because I transcend the perishable and am beyond the imperishable, I am known in sacred writings and in the world as the Highest Spirit (absolute). — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, vs 18.

God is both relative and absolute, but the relative is inferior to the absolute. So surrender only to Absolute God. Until you attain nirbija samadhi you will only have this understanding as an idea. Until then, use this idea of Absolute God to get you there, and do not surrender to anything relative, including what arises as a result of your surrender. Do this in the privacy and seclusion of your own meditation room, not on the street where your mind will inevitably take over the reins and only add confusion.

Worship and surrender are synonymous terms. It is said that we become what we worship. What we surrender to is what we will get, and what we will become, in a very real sense.

Durga Ma

List of installments on Sahaja Yoga

Shaktipat and Surrender Meditation

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