Pronam, Blessed Baba, I am a little confused about surrender. If there is, in Essence, only the One, then who is surrendering to Whom? Is there not a duality implied in the concept of Spiritual surrender? With all gratitude and love, Norman
As long as you are in the plane of your mind, ego rules, and the ego makes you see the world as everything separate from you, with its dualistic perception. As the mind is purged of all its impurities the dualistic view of life dissolves in the light of illumined Mind. The purified Mind is in a state of equanimity, it sees One principle as the Essence in all that is.
The difference between pure mind and impure mind is, in a pure state of mind all appear to be the manifestation of One Divine Principle, and impure mind can not see the Divine residing in everything and is identified with the external names and forms and duality and multiplicity. It is the impure state of mind which is the cause of all miseries in life. Spirituality is to awaken in us the thirst for Truth and reality behind all these appearances. There are various paths to that Truth and one of the simple yet most assured path is Love, devotion and Surrender to the Divine Will.
In order to purify the mind, you take the route through your heart. You allow the lower mind to surrender to the Divine dwelling in all the diverse manifestations of life. You realize that what ever the Universal (God) design is that is what happens in life. With this realization comes an understanding that the Divine Will is Supreme. As you deeply ponder over the Divine Will in your life and start to surrender the outcome of most of your efforts you find it easier to move through the turbulence and ups and downs of life.
Through surrender or consecration of the outcomes of most of your efforts to the Divine hands, you rise in your consciousness due to the positive light that comes out of the surrender of the ego at the Alter of the Divine. As your ego becomes more and more supple, you find that your mind is becoming more and more restful and mindful. You grow in illumined awareness. You start seeing the Divine hands playing in your life and miracles start happening around you.
As the mind becomes more and more refined due to the process of annihilation of ego and cleansing of mind, the Higher Principle becomes more and more clear and surrender deepens. This is a deep love relationship. You are then ripened enough to offer yourself completely and unconditionally to the Lotus Feet of your Beloved Lord. Now you take no credit or discredit for your actions, for they are driven by the Higher Self within you which is devoid of the negativity of the ego.
As you reach to the Higher Mind and purified intelligence, now you start to see that the Seer and Seen are one and the same. The one who is surrendering and the One to whom all surrender is done or practiced become one and the same. It is the highest realization which begins with sublimating the separate existence that is ego-self to the Real Self. Surrender and love thus takes you to the Highest Ground of Unified Field of Consciousness where all is One without the second.
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