“People waste much energy in resisting. Things can happen very fast but rather than co-operating with me they fight, unconsciously, not aware that they are fighting. It is just their old habits. For their whole life they have been fighting with people; that is what life is.
A deep trauma is also there because parents have been ordering you and the teachers and the priests and everybody wanted you to obey them, so there is resistance to obeying. That has become almost built in.
Here it is not a question of obeying, it is a question of surrender; and these two are totally different. Obeying means that you are there, still there and there and deciding to obey. Surrender means you are no more, there is nobody to obey or disobey; you simply become a let-go. And then things can move so fast, unbelievable fast. Things which ordinarily take lives can happen in moments.” ~ OSHO
There are three levels of surrender
1) Intellectual Surrender
An easy method of surrender used when we rely on a more intelligent source such as a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant and so on.
2) Emotional Surrender
When we apply disciplines to create a new reality, such as going on a weight loss program or establishing a daily exercise regimen. This is used when we surrender the emotional nature in exchange for our higher intelligence.
3) Surrendering the Senses
Surrender that requires a spiritual technique of initiation.
One may ask, is it not weak to surrender?
Surrender is one of the most courageous acts performed. Through complete surrender, one evolves very quickly on their spiritual path. In fact, it is the act of giving up and letting go that changes and transforms a person. If everything is surrendered, there is only the Divine to focus on and think about. That alone will change the character of a person radically. One must be very strong to give away everything they own, everything they love and all that they are attached to so that they can focus entirely on God.
To offer everything and become simple is a powerful act of surrender. For in surrender the ego dissolves and space is made in the mind for answers, insights and creativity; truths are revealed and tremendous healing comes into one’s being. To be humble is to surrender and to let go of the ego is to surrender.
One will find that surrender does not diminish one’s life. On the contrary, spiritual surrender actually expands and enlarges, increases and multiplies. Instead of weakening the character as one may think, surrender fortifies and empowers the life expression and purpose.
It is imperative that surrender is free of the sense of sacrifice. If one feels as though they are sacrificing something, lamenting their act, then it no longer is surrender. With a grudging spirit or the sense that one is giving, it becomes a force of limitations that work against the enlarging, expanding potential of true surrender. If there is a hint of doubt inside of one’s being there is no full surrender; if there is selfishness inside and in one’s actions there is still some part not surrendered.
It can be seen that when all these three types of surrender mentioned above are applied in one’s life: intellectual, emotional and surrendering the senses, then enlightenment happens and one experiences Divine Truth.
LEARNING HOW TO SURRENDER
If one truly desires to deeply surrender to the Divine, it helps tremendously when one has a Guru to initiate and lead the way.
When one drops everything at the feet of the Guru, disease disappears, depression lifts, seeds of karma fade away. Most people are not aware of the power of the Guru and the magic of surrender, missing a powerfully transformative human experience. Truly, the Divine is working through an enlightened teacher watching over, taking care and orchestrating the best possible outcome.
Perhaps one of the most powerful lessons that I received in understanding the act of spiritual surrender was the example from my own Guru. Through his stories, his devotion, his love for his Guru and the dedication to the principles that were taught to him by his Guru, he revealed the power of surrender. Through his humble regard and his passion to fulfill what is good, correct, pure and of the highest intent, slowly, gradually, it came into my awareness.
I shall never forget the day that I first saw a photo of him in deep surrender. I was startled that such a powerful, confident, teacher had the ability to place himself completely face-down on the ground and in full surrender out of respect for a higher being. It was then that I began to open and feel assured that there was something more powerful than what my simple, ignorant mind could comprehend. The realization came that I could trust the one who relied solely on his guru to guide, direct and lead the way towards his experience of enlightenment.
By trusting our Guru even more than our senses, such as Arjuna demonstrated with Krishna, we actually have the possibility of the best opportunities to thrive and be satisfied. This is where we taste true peace, relaxation, contentment and joy.
TECHNIQUES FROM THE GURU
Here is a technique that my guru has shared with me that causes a quick, dramatic shift for bringing calmness and relaxation into the body and mind.
Place your hands on your hips, close your eyes and visualize millions of brightly, shining suns streaming in through your Solar Plexus.
Simultaneously, visualize a million moons streaming into your Solar Plexus, bringing a cooling sensation into your system. Hold this vision of the sun and moon streaming in through your Solar Plexus for a few minutes.
It’s slightly challenging to do at first, however, after some practice, it becomes much easier. Soon, you will feel a tremendous state of calmness and equanimity inside your being, a powerful clearing in your Solar Plexus, tummy region and you may also notice a significant change in your breathing, which ultimately, shifts consciousness.
TESTS FOR DETERMINING A “REAL” GURU
A true guru traverses the formal path of initiation working with an enlightened being, sanctioning the process of maturation.
Qualities of a true guru:
Purity in thoughts, speech and action is an absolute necessity.
A thirst for knowledge and having endured the process of continuous struggle and unremitting grappling with the lower nature until the higher nature is achieved and realized is a purity. This process can take many lives, years or can happen immediately; one who has persevered through the struggles, learned as much as they can and has had a persistent will that is determined becomes pure. It is the knowledge of the spirit of the scriptures that constitutes a true spiritual teacher. A great teacher does not go into various explanations of texts, nor the meaning of words and their roots, rather, they speak from a noble place of spontaneous awareness and the realization of what the spiritual teachings are conveying to the seeker.
In the dispensation of spiritual teachings there must be a pure, spiritual light in the soul. This can be seen through the example of imparting spiritual truths to others. A glimpse of God or the Cosmos can never be seen until the heart and soul are pure. First, see what this person is and then, what they say. Are they are speaking from experience or is it intellectual babble? The teacher must be perfectly pure in every way, enabling him/her to be a true transmitter.
3) No selfish or ulterior motive
No motive or striving for money, name or fame is present in the authentic guru. A true teacher’s work is simply out of love, out of pure love for mankind. Love is the only medium for which the spiritual force can be transmitted. Any motive for fame or money immediately, completely kills out the ability to convey spiritual love. God is love and only those who have realized this spiritual state of love can pass it onto others.
When you can see all three of these attributes being expressed in a being who calls themselves a teacher then you can trust the guru, the one who is guiding towards Divinity.
Recently, while in darshan with my Guru, he said, “renounce taste” as he gave the challenge to surrender the senses and to grow beyond desire.
It takes three days for one meal to process and move through the body. He talked about the ancient teaching of eating once every three days in order for the system to properly process food and assimilate nutrients and to clear out of the digestive and elimination organs. Equally important is allowing the body to rest from digesting so that it can focus on healing the body and revitalize, allowing access to “prana”.
It is impossible to enjoy prana, the source of vitality, when the body is digesting continuously throughout the day. You might be surprised how many aches and pains leave the body with the practice of eating only when hungry and not motivated by taste, smell or the unconscious, compulsive habit of eating three to four times a day. Try narrowing down to only two meals a day without snacking in between and you will see a significant difference. So often we eat out of boredom, depression, desire for taste or compulsive, lifestyle habits.
In that same darshan, he urged us to practice sitting with the sun’s first morning rays. As I sit in my chair with my eyes closed, drinking in the morning sun, within a few minutes my Ida and Pingala become clear expanding into greater prana. Prana actually converts into a food-like substance vitalizing our body. No wonder I have not been hungry for days. Blessed with the guru’s initiations, prana can become food for life.
And practicing purification, the first rung on the ladder of yoga is essential for gaining access to prana. Pranayama coupled with Hatha yoga, the third and fourth rung on the ladder of yoga, is equally important for moving into wider, more expanded breathing so one can access prana.
My guru insists on a daily, morning routine such as Brahma Muhurta and purification as a lifestyle. Applying his teachings and following his guidance, my body feels amazing, my emotional state relaxes completely and the expansion of love in my heart continues to grow and grow.
In this evenings darshan, He urged us to feel the divinity within. He spoke about thinking like God, feeling like God, behaving like God and how that attitude changes everything around us; the cosmos celebrates when we grasp that we are a divine being in flesh, living out the human experience in grace, humility, gentleness and calmness.
Thank heavens with this special guru I am encouraged to feel heavenly bliss with a cosmic conscious kiss. I choose initiation any day over delusion. Let the shower of divine grace pour.
Truly, when the student is ready, the teacher comes who can lead the way, open the heart into greater expansion and bring the mind to a wider understanding. It is a joy to learn how to manage our reality, control our emotional desires and shift into a new way of being.
Without humility, faith, surrender, or the initiation that comes with working with an enlightened guru, there can be no growth inside our being. It is obvious that the more one surrenders, the more rapidly consciousness grows.
It is a fact, where this type of relationship is occurring with the guru and the initiated student, powerful beings are growing and maturing into exquisite states of enlightenment. The highest wisdom, the highest form of worship cannot be bought and paid for, it can only be transferred when the heart is ready. Hence the ancient practice of offering the teachings and initiations for free. Never, is there a fee when working with an ascended, enlightened being.
When the teacher does come, enter into child-like innocence, confidence and simplicity, freely opening your heart and dropping the ego, like a flower out of the palm of your hand and onto the ground.
When one finds such teacher and abides in the attitude of devotion, humility, submission and gratitude amazing things begin to happen as beauty and goodness surround and enter one’s life.
Truly, surrender is the only way.
“All souls are equal. The only difference that may be between us is that I have made the effort. I showed God that I love Him and He came to me. Love is the magnet from which God cannot escape.”
~ Paramahamsa Yogananda