Surrender Meditation & Non-Doership

In Surrender Meditation, activities generated by the Life Force (prana) occur spontaneously. 

You experience that these activities are done without the control of the mind, that they are the activities of Prana, and that you are not the doer of these actions. And though there may be thoughts in the mind, they are not controlling things but are merely incidental.

The dilemma here is that you have been taught that you must always take responsibility for your actions, so how can it be acceptable to not assume responsibility for your actions in meditation? The answer is simple: Eliminate the “always” and limit assuming responsibility for your actions to everywhere at all times except for the time you are meditating alone in your own meditation room.

As long as you assume the role of the actor, you bind the Prana to your will. As long as Prana remains in bondage, karma is acquired and Kundalini remains dormant. The bondage of karma is the property of the ego, (ahamkara, “I am the doer”). All actions for which the ego accepts responsibility create bondage, whether for good or ill.

By assuming the role of the actor, you are bound by action (karma) and the Life Force (prana) is not free.

Physical activities done without the control of the mind are the activities of Prana. This describes the spontaneous physical activities that occur during Surrender Meditation and should make clear the necessity of allowing such actions to arise. The necessity is that you experience non-doership for yourself.

When everything is being taken care of by Pranayou are in effect, inactive in the midst of activity. You are not doing anything, so you are not bound by action (karma). In the state of Union (yoga) you are fulfilled, so because there is nothing left to desire, there is nothing to do. This state of non-doership is the essence of Surrender Meditation.

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From The Song of God, a translation of the original Bhagavad Gita,
Durga Ma, ©1994

When you know inaction in action, and action in inaction, wisdom is attained, and all actions performed are Yoga. When desirous intentions are excluded from all your undertakings, karma is consumed in the fire of this wisdom. When you have let go of all attachment to the effects of action and are always accepting of what may come, even when acting, you do, in effect, nothing at all.

When action is performed with the body alone in the absence of any self-involvement for personal gratification or gain, no karma is incurred. Content with whatever comes … when you remain the same in success or failure, even though you act, you are not bound.

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From The Science of Meditation,
Swami Kripalu, ©1977:

When the body acts under the control of the mind, ego is projected into the mind, and unnecessarily accepts the responsibility of being the ‘doer’.

Through the practice of dhyana (meditation) generated by the grace of God or guru (shaktipat), one can experience inactivity in activity. Because the aspirant clearly realizes that physical activities done without the control of the mind are the activities of prana (life energy), he remains inactive and devoid of desire. Activity is activity and inaction is inaction, yet one can experience inaction in action and action in inaction. What a wonderful experience! Activity devoid of ego is true inactivity.

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Egoless Activities of Prana:

  • Action free of desirous intentions 
  • Action done without attachment to the action 
  • Action done without attachment to the effects of the action
  • Action free of self-involvement for personal gratification or gain
  • Action done with equanimity in success or failure

Because you relinquish doership by surrendering yourself to the Divine in meditation, the Divine takes care of everything, you incur no karma, and Prana, no longer under the domination of the will, is free. When Prana is free in the body it purifies the energy channels. When these channels have become sufficiently purified, deep meditation occurs spontaneously, and the stage is set for direct experience, samadhi and union with the Absolute.

Durga Ma

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