“As we develop on the spiritual path, we go through experiences that naturally stimulate our surrender to God. The true surrender is spontaneous giving, an act of love, and is never due to fear. After we encounter doubts and fears, we may lose the need to understand what is happening. What is happening is what God is giving us. As less energy is spent rebelling against our destiny, we will attain optimal conditions for transforming it. This unconditional surrender guides us to a new channel of intuition and a sensibility fro the truth. Without this, the experience is purely intellectual and only reveals God to the mind but does not receive Him in the heart.”
I was struck by the profundity and eloquence of this message when I came across it in this interesting book I am reading about Santo Daime called Forest of Visions by Alex Polari de Alverga. Surrender is a notion that is brought up a lot in the yoga community and in classes. It’s a hard one to “understand”. Surrender is experiential, there is really no way to intellectualize it, as this quotation points out. But when it happens, you really feel it, and your life is never the same.
Surrender to God – Ishvara-pranidhana – is essential to all spiritual practice. The Yoga Sutra describe the three most important tenets of kriya yoga: Ishvara-prandihana, tapas (austerities, discipline etc.), and svadhyaya (self-study/study of Scripture). There can be no growth without these 3 qualities in one’s practice.
There is great power in surrendering, there is courage in letting go and there is wisdom in admitting that you are not the one in control.