Surrender and Self Realization – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 12, Vs 6 – 7

The Splendor of Surrender
The Splendor of Surrender

This post addresses the nature of surrender to God/Truth, how it automatically resolves distinctions such as personal or impersonal God, and how it is practiced to bring one easily to Self Realization.

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the story of the Mahabharata. It is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.


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Those who surrender all actions exclusively to Me as the Supreme Absolute, meditating by My yoga, are together with Me. Their consciousness thus absorbed in Me, I quickly extricate them from the ocean of death and transmigration.

  • Surrender – worship, resort to, renounce, abandon, sacrifice. Surrender is not just ‘opening up’, but a specific yoga meditation practice that involves abandoning all the things that prevent or diminish your surrender during meditation.
Swami Kripalu, bringer of the original yoga, Surrender Meditation, to the West.
Swami Kripalu, bringer of the original yoga, Natural Surrender Meditation, to the West.

Natural Meditation

“Those who surrender all actions exclusively to Me as the Supreme Absolute”

The Sanskrit for ‘surrender’ is samnyasa, meaning ‘throwing down, laying aside, giving up, resigning, renouncing, abandoning’. 

To practice Natural Meditation one abandons all desires, attachments, preconceived ideas and expectations for the duration of their meditation, thus fulfilling the conditions for sannyasa. Then all actions that occur in meditation are spontaneous God-actions and not your own. During this time, you are completely free. This paves the way for genuine liberation from samsara (cycles of transmigrations).

The message here is to surrender to Absolute God and nothing else. Period. You should never just surrender. And you should never surrender to a thought, word, phrase, feeling, physical sensation, etc. Such things may occur as a result of your surrender, but they are not what you surrender to. Even though your mind may tell you that a thought, word, feeling, etc. is God because “all is God,” in this meditation we surrender only to Absolute God. Anything else is in the relative realm of this world, and though Divine, not absolute. 

“The Supreme Absolute”

The term ‘Supreme Absolute’ suggests something higher and beyond the distinctions of Personal or Impersonal God. So we can take this literally: Absolute God is Supreme.

In our present age, Yoga has become a willful path. What I mean is, the ‘will’ is employed to carry out certain techniques in order to obtain certain correlating results. But there is another way to reach God/Truth that is much quicker, easier by far, and very satisfying and pleasant to practice. It is surrender to Supreme Absolute God in meditation.

This surrender takes place in meditation under proper conditions, and can last for from one hour to many hours. The reason such long sessions are possible is because you are not working at it. Everything that occurs is carried out by God, because you have surrendered everything to That.

This is what Lord Krishna has been trying to teach Arjuna, and he has finally understood. You will not find this surrender orientation in other translations. This is because they are translated by present-day yogis and scholars who are, like everyone else, oriented to willful action: If you do a certain thing a certain way you can expect a certain result. The desired ‘result’ is the driving force. But Lord Krishna is saying that the Supreme Absolute should be the driving force.

Who do you know that is not invested in one or more certain results from meditation? In addition to holding on to these desires and expectations, with willful practices one can also feel in control. This seems safer, but it is an illusion. Who is better equipped to take you to the goal of union with God, than God? It’s a no-brainer.

And then there is the issue of surrender being a loss of power. But how can surrender to the Ultimate Power make you powerless? First of all, this is not even possible. Your power is innate and can never be taken away from you. Being in control seems like power, but it isn’t. Real power is within you, for God is within you. You can either use this power or not. In Surrender Meditation we do not. It’s that simple.

“Meditating by My Yoga, they are together with Me”

The nature of nature it to move. Therefore, in Natural Meditation actions will occur. But these actions (kriyas) are not of your own doing, however much it may seem that they are. You have surrendered everything to the Supreme Absolute, so you are not involved. God takes care of everything for you.

God – Truth, The Absolute, Goddess, Divine Mother Shakti, the Holy Spirit, and many other names apply.

The highest action of Natural Meditation is yoga (union). At first this union is the coming together of two opposing forces in the body (prana and apana) that unite and awaken Kundalini, the evolutionary force. Later, in advanced stages, union becomes the union of you with God/Truth: Supreme Absolute God. Only then can you say “I AM THAT” with real meaning. You are Self Realized, God RealizedIn the next verse we will learn how this works.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Lord Krishna Returns to His Gentle Human Form – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 47 – 51

Lord Krishna and Radha
Lord Krishna in His gentle form with His beloved Radha

This post addresses the Lord’s affection for Arjuna, spiritual practices that will not produce the vision of His Cosmic Form, the impact of tapas, and Krishna’s return to his gentle human form to pacify Arjuna.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

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The Blessed Lord spoke:

Because I am pleased with you (Arjuna), by means of my Yoga Power I have shown you this glorious and infinite Cosmic Form of Mine, which has never been seen before by anyone but you.

Anyone other than Arjuna? Remember that Arjuna represents You.

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Not by the knowledge-sacrifice or recitation, not by giving, not even by fearless kriyas or formidable tapas can I be seen in this form in the world of men by anyone other than you, O Hero of the Kurus.

What Krishna is saying is that the vision of the Cosmic Form will not happen as a result of these many well-known practices. These practices are not being faulted, but noted as ineffectual for the purpose of gaining the vision of the Cosmic Form, which, by now, you may be thinking to be a gift you do not especially wish for. However, if you do, the next few posts will be helpful.

Knowledge Sacrifice – the study and teaching of scriptures

Oral recitation – recitation of the scriptures

Giving – charity, imparting, teaching

Kriyas – spontaneous purifying actions occurring in meditation, ‘ritual’

Tapas – the heat that melts away impurities

Knowledge Sacrifice. We have learned that sacrifice is synonymous with surrender as it applies to Yoga, but here it is attached to a word that means ‘true and sacred knowledge’ (veda). These written teachings are scriptures; the ‘sacrifice’ is the study of these texts — one surrenders to Truth as found in these writings, and they in turn present their meanings.

Oral RecitationLong ago, it was customary to memorize scriptures for the purpose of their preservation, learning and teaching, and for contemplation with regard to one’s sadhana (practices) and daily living. The oral recitation of these texts was a common practice.

Giving is a spiritual practice for gaining merit through seva (selfless service) and dana (gifts, donations, charity). With it one acquires positive karma that can be used for improving one’s life and for doing yoga sadhana, and increasing one’s chance of attaining heaven or liberation.

Kriya is often translated as ‘ritual’. Rituals are practiced in temples, in the home, and in meditation, or as meditation.

In surrender yoga, kriya (‘performed action’) refers to actions that arise spontaneously in Natural Surrender Meditation. These actions occur for the purpose of purification, and are performed not by the meditator, but by Shakti Herself: Divine Energy.

This meditation is so profound because it is based entirely on Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Truth, the way things really are): “Even though acting one does nothing.”

In the beginning, the meditator is confused about who or what is performing these actions, but with sufficient practice and the surfacing of amazing new experiences, the meditator gradually comes to understand the source of these actions, these ‘rituals’.

Tapas. As a result of one’s surrender and the occurrence of kriyas, tapas begins automatically. The body leaves behind the coldness that prompted a dozen blankets, and one begins to feel very hot. This is the advent of tapas: ‘to heat, burn or melt’. Now impurities are beginning to get transformed or burned away within the body rather than just getting removed. Over time, the heat is turned up and one’s tapas becomes formidable, heralding the arrival of Kundalini at Her new home at the 6th chakra.

In more recent times, some yogis have taken up tapas as a practice of a most unusual and extreme nature:

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We in the West may see these people as indulging in mortification of the flesh and look down on them and their practices. But we must remember the earlier teachings about thinking only of God/Truth at all times. These men and women have taken this teaching seriously and given up everything for God. They wear no clothes, accept what comes for their sustenance, and maintain tapasya at all times. By living their tapas they live in constant awareness of God. I have the deepest respect for them. Because of our all-inclusive presence within each other as beings, their tapasya is helping to keep this world in tact and your life better than it might otherwise be.  औं नम: शिवाय (Om namah Shivaya).

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Having seen this terrible form of Mine, be not afraid or bewildered. With your fears dispelled, now see my previous form and be pleased once again! 

  • Terrible form – the Cosmic form described in verses 9-31.

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Samjaya spoke:
Speaking in this way to Arjuna, the Son of Vasudeva (Krishna) revealed again his gentle two-armed form. The Great Souled One, resuming his previous form of beautiful appearance, pacified the fearful Arjuna.

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Arjuna spoke:
Seeing this, Your gentle two-armed human form once again, O Agitator of Men, my thoughts are composed and I am restored to my normal consciousness.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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You Get What You Worship – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 24-25

“I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me, hence they fall. Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits. Those who worship Me assuredly come to Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 24-25

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I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me. Hence they fall.

Alternate translation:
I am the motivator, the experiencer and the Chief of all sacrifices, but the people do not recognize My True Reality, thus they fall down and return to the mortal world.

“They” refers to those mentioned in the previous verses. “Fall down” refers to the Life Energy in the body, Prana, falling to the lower chakras at death and causing the yogi to relinquish liberation and “return” to mortal existence.

It is God that motivates sacrifice, and God that enjoys it. Put another way, the instigator of the yogi’s surrender is God (Shakti), and the yogi in union with God (yoga) enjoys it.

Worship = Sacrifice = Surrender
The sacrificial offering is yourself

Surrender alone is not the answer. The answer is in what one surrenders to, and how surrendered the ‘worshipper’ is.

One must always surrender only to Absolute God. You will think that it is you who enjoys and experiences this, and that it is you who desires it. But God is the Enjoyer, the Experiencer, and the Desirer—the motivator who impels your surrender to God.

Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to.
Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to (worship).

Surrendering to anything other than Absolute God, one falls. When one is not surrendered, does not understand what sacrifice really is, does not recognize God, does not experience God, and the Life Energy in the body does not ascend but “falls down”. Only through surrender to Absolute God can the energy ascend and remain ascendant.

You may disagree with this. If you do, you won’t be the first. I have been accused of being elitist because I practice surrender yoga and think it is better than the path of the will, but this is not so. The path of the will is necessary. Not only does it provide many different paths for the many unique individuals that we are, but it always takes one who persists to the path of surrender.

Many people who have left the spiritual path of the will have done so because they came up against a wall and couldn’t get any further. Some became lost and disenchanted and quit altogether. Some dealt with this disappointment by changing gurus…over and over again…hoping to find one that knew what he or she was doing.

Are these seekers reluctant to surrender for fear of losing control? Or do they simply not know that there is something more that can take them where they want to go?

Unknowingly, at a very auspicious point in their practice, they were ready for this phase of yoga sadhana but they didn’t know it existed. This is one reason I speak openly about it. There are those who are ready for it and need it, but they don’t know about it, what it is, or how it is practiced.

Teachers of surrender yoga are hard to find. In my opinion, this is the very reason Vyasa wrote the Bhagavad Gita into his epic Mahabharata: because it is really about surrender yoga.

It is true that the Gita addresses how to live a successful and spiritual life, but in the very places that are translated in willful terms, there are underlying teachings on surrender yoga hidden in the cracks for those who are ready to hear them.

Why not just get straight to the point? Because not everyone is interested in this path. The Gita is written is such a way that anyone can benefit no matter what their path. One who is interested and ready to hear about surrender yoga will, at the very least, realize that there is something more going on and seek to understand it. Their curiosity and longing will naturally lead them to seek someone who can satisfy their interest.

God is the power behind all sacrifices. God is the power behind your surrender to God. God is the desire for God that impels you to surrender to God, and it is God who enjoys the sacrificial offering. It is because of your yoga, your union with God who enjoys your surrender, that you enjoy it. Now are you beginning to get it?

Through surrender to God, Self-realization will fall into your lap and raise you up.

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Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits, but those who worship Me (God) assuredly come to Me.

You get what you worship.

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Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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