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  Surrender- to will what the Divine wills is the supreme wisdom.

  surrender, or even submission (satprem uses the french word soumettre which is cognate with submission but more nuanced) 'to put under' se soumettre=to put oneself under X

  'Surrender to the Divine is the best emotional protection.'
  If man surrenders totally to the Divine, he identifies himself with the Divine.
  The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.
  It is rare that somebody can surrender entirely to the Divine's Will without having to face one or another of the difficulties.
  If you are truly surrendered to the Divine, in the right manner and totally, then at every moment you will be what you ought to be, you will do what you ought to do, you will know what you ought to know. But for that you should have transcended all the limitations of the ego.'
  "To will what God wills - that is the supreme secret."
  'Surrender is the decision taken to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. Without this decision nothing is at all possible; if you do not surrender, the Yoga is entirely out of the question. Everything else comes naturally after it, for the whole process starts with surrender. You can surrender either through knowledge or through devotion. You may have a strong intuition that the Divine alone is the truth and a luminous conviction that without the Divine you cannot manage. Or you may have a spontaneous feeling that this line is the only way of being happy, a strong psychic desire to belong exclusively to the Divine: "I do not belong to my self," you say, and give up the responsibility of your being to the Truth. Then comes self-offering: "Here I am, a creature of various qualities, good and bad, dark and enlightened. I offer myself as I am to you, take me up with all my ups and downs, conflicting impulses and tendencies - do whatever you like with me.'
  And there is no other remedy. It's the only remedy, for everybody without exception. To all those who suffer, it is the same thing that has to be said: all suffering is the sign that the surrender is not total. Then, when you feel in you a "bang", like that, instead of saying, "Oh, this is bad" or "This circumstance is difficult," you say, "My surrender is not perfect." Then it's all right. And then you feel the Grace that helps you and leads you, and you go on. And one day you emerge into that peace that nothing can trouble. You answer to all the contrary forces, the contrary movements, the attacks, the misunderstandings, the bad wills, with the same smile that comes from full confidence in the Divine Grace. And that is the only way out, there is no other.

--- Two Paths of Yoga
  "There are two paths of Yoga, one of tapasya (discipline), and the other of surrender. The path of tapasya is arduous. Here you rely solely upon yourself, you proceed by your own strength. You ascend and achieve according to the measure of your force. There is always the danger of falling down. And once fall, you lie broken in the abyss and there is hardly a remedy. The other path, the path of surrender. is a safe and sure. It is here, however, that the Western people find their difficulty. They have been taught to fear and avoid all that threatens their personal independence. They have imbibed with their mothers' milk the sense of individuality. And surrender means giving up all that. In other words, you may follow, as Ramakrishna says, either the path of the baby monkey or that of the baby cat. The baby monkey holds to its mother in order to be carried about and it must hold firm, otherwise if it loses its grip, it falls. On the other hand, the baby cat does not hold to its mother, but is held by the mother and has no fear nor responsibility; it to nor has nothing do but to let the mother hold it and cry ma ma." - The Mother
  The surrender must be total and seize all the parts of the being. It is not enough that the psychic should respond and the higher mental accept or even the inner vital submit and the inner physical consciousness feel the influence. There must be in no part of the being, even the most external, anything that makes a reserve, anything that hides behind doubts, confusions and subterfuges, anything that revolts or refuses.
  If part of the being surrenders, but another part reserves itself, follows its own way or makes its own conditions, then each time that that happens, you are yourself pushing the divine Grace away from you.
  If behind your devotion and surrender you make a cover for your desires, egoistic demands and vital insistences, if you put these things in place of the true aspiration or mix them with it and try to impose them on the Divine Shakti, then it is idle to invoke the divine Grace to transform you.
  - Sri Aurobindo, The Mother

  Surrender: the decision to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. This is done either through the mind or the emotion or the life-impulse or through all of them together.
  If you are truly surrendered to the Divine, in the right manner and totally, then at every moment you will be what you ought to be, you will do what you ought to do, you will know what you ought to know. But for that you should have transcended all the limitations of the ego.
  Detailed surrender means the surrender of all the details of life, even the smallest and the most insignificant in appearance. And this means to remember the Divine in all circumstances; whatever we think, feel or do, we must do it for Him as a way of coming close to Him, to be more and more what He wants us to be, capable of manifesting His will in perfect sincerity and purity, to be the instruments of His Love.
  If man surrenders totally to the Divine, he identifies himself with the Divine.
  13 May 1954
  Perfect surrender: the indispensable condition for identification.
  The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.
  Surrender to the Divine is the best emotional protection.
  The true repose is that of a perfect surrender to the Divine.
  What is the secret of success in sadhana?
  Surrender: to will what the Divine wills is the supreme wisdom.
  Will one with the Divine will: a condition that triumphs over all obstacles.
  Divine Will-the will expressing the highest Truth.
  Let us do our best in all circumstances, leaving the result to the Divine's decision.
  We must be satisfied with what the Divine gives us, and do what He wants us to do without weakness, free from useless ambition.
  Whenever there is any difficulty we must always remember that we are here exclusively to accomplish the Divine's will.
  The Divine's will is that we should be like channels always open, always more wide, so that His forces may pour their abundance into the mould.
  16 October 1954
  Our will must always be a perfect expression of the Divine's will.
  17 October 1954
  Our constant prayer is to understand the Divine's will and to live accordingly.
  28 October 1954
  We must lie before the Divine always like a page perfectly blank, so that the Divine's will may be inscribed in us without any difficulty or mixture.
  20 November 1954
  At each moment may our attitude be such that the Divine's Will determines our choice so that the Divine may give the direction to all our life.
  22 November 1954
  We must see only through the Divine's eyes and act only through the Divine's will.
  We must know how to depend for everything and in everything on the Divine. He alone can surmount all difficulties.
  Always the Supreme Will remains the eternal mystery calling for all our wonder and marvelling.
  16 December 1954
  Like the child who does not reason and has no care we trust ourselves to the Divine that the Divine's Will may be done.
  18 December 1954
  To do at each moment the best we can and leave the result to the Divine's decision, is the surest way to peace, happiness, strength, progress and final perfection.
  We are always free to make our proposals to the Lord, but after all it is only His will that is realised.
  If one looks from high enough, whatever one does one never wastes one's time since one acts according to one's nature and
  -without knowing it-according to the will of the Lord.
  It is rare that somebody can surrender entirely to the Divine's Will without having to face one or another of the difficulties.
  The way in which most people surrender: Let God manifest his will but let it be the same as mine.
  15 April 1931
  One thing you must know and decide:
  It is if you want the True Divine as He is, or if you want a Divine in keeping with your own conception of what He ought
  to be. And if you have decided to surrender sincerely and totally to the Divine and to be and do what He wants you to be and do according to His own will, or if you want the Divine to do what you want Him to do and to act according to your own will.
  I have forwarded your prayer to the Supreme Lord. But if you want to live in Ananda, you must not try to impose your will on the Divine, but, on the contrary, you must be ready to accept all that comes to you from Him, with an equal peace; because He knows better than we what is good for our progress.
  When men will understand that the Divine knows better than they do what is the best for them, many of their difficulties will disappear.
  1 April 1963
  If the Lord wills for you a hardship, do not protest. Take it as a blessing and indeed it will become so.
  The Lord is not an all-powerful automaton that human beings can move by the push-button of their will. And yet most of those who surrender to God expect that from Him.
  - The Mother Words of the Mother - II

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surrender ::: to consecrate everything in oneself to the Divine, to offer all one is and has, not to insist on one's ideas, desires, habits, etc. but to allow the divine Truth to replace them by its knowledge, will and action everywhere.

surrender. ::: v. Fig. To give over or resign oneself to something such as an influence. surrendered.

Surrender and other ^vays ::: There are so many other wa)’s by which one can approach the Divine. But this is the only one

Surrender and tapasya ::: The process of sadhana is itself a

Surrender and vital *. The ordinary vital is never willing to surrender. The true inmost vital is different — surrender to the

Surrender is the main power of the yoga, but the surrender is bound to be progressive ; a complete surrender is not possible in the beginning, but only a will in the being for that complete- ness. — in fact it takes time ; yet it is only when the surrender h retpjfieSe ibn} Ihc /uU -Orxsd of ibc jsadhana is possible.

Surrender means to consecrate everything in oneself to the

Surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the consciousness and every movement to the Divine and the Shakti.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 35, Page: 110

Surrender of the nature is not an easy thing and may take a long lime ; surrender of the self, if one can do it, is easier and once that is done, that of the nature will come about sooner or later. For that it is necessary to detach oneself from the action of the Prakriti and see oneself as separate. To observe the movements as a witness without being discouraged or disturbed is the best way to cfTccl the necessary detachment and separation.

Surrender::: There must be a total and sincere surrender; there must be an exclusive self-opening to the divine Power; there must be a constant and integral choice of the Truth that is descending, a constant and integral rejection of the falsehood of the mental, vital and physical Powers and Appearances that still rule the earth-Nature.The surrender must be total and seize all the parts of the being. It is not enough that the psychics should respond and the higher mental accept or even the inner vital submit and the inner physical consciousness feel the influence. There must be inno part of the being, even the most external, anything that makes a reserve, anything that hides behind doubts, confusions and subterfuges, anything that revolts or
   refuses.If part of the being surrenders, but another part reserves itself, follows its own way or makes its own conditions, then each time that that happens, you are yourself pushing the divine Grace away from you.If behind your devotion and surrender you make a cover for your desires, egoistic demands and vital insistences, if you put these things in place of the true aspiration or mix them with it and try to impose them on the Divine Shakti, then it is idle to invoke the divine Grace to transform you.If you open yourself on one side or in one part to the Truth and on another side are constantly opening the gates to hostile forces, it is vain to expect that the divine Grace will abide with you. You must keep the temple clean if you wish to install there the living Presence.If each time the Power intervenes and brings in the Truth, you turn your back on it and call in again the falsehood that has been expelled, it is not the divine Grace that you must blame for failing you, but the falsity of your own will and the imperfection of your own surrender.If you call for the Truth and yet something in you chooses what is false, ignorant and undivine or even simply is unwilling to reject it altogether, then always you will be open to attack and the Grace will recede from you. Detect first what is false or obscure in you and persistently reject it, then alone can you rightly call for the divine Power to transform you.Do not imagine that truth and falsehood, light and darkness, surrender and selfishness can be allowed to dwell together in the house consecrated to the Divine. The transformation must be integral, and integral th
   refore the rejection of all that withstands it.The Mother

SURRENDER. ::: To give oneself to the Divine, to give every* thing one is or has to the Divine and regard nothing as one’s own, to obey only the Divine wlU and no other, to live for the Divine and not for the ego.

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1:Surrender, and all will be well. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
2:Leave it all to the Master. Surrender to Him without reserve. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
3:If you surrender to the Lord and call on Him with a heart full of yearning, He is bound to listen and take care of everything for you. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
4:It is enough that one surrenders oneself. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
5:Partial surrender is certainly possible for all. In course of time that will lead to complete surrender. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
6:Surrender everything at His feet and give Him the general power of attorney. Let Him do what He considers best for you. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
7:The Divine never forsakes one who has surrendered. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
8:The wise call by the name 'self-surrender' the offering of oneself to God through devotion. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
9:Whether one has surrendered or not, one has never been separate from the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
10:Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
11:Surrender is the best way of opening. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Opening,
12:A deep surrender is their source of might, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Secret Knowledge,
13:What is the secret of success in sadhana?

   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
14:The true repose is that of a perfect surrender to the Divine.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
15:A vast surrender was his only strength
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Adoration of the Divine Mother,
16:Greatness is the courage to overcome obstacles.
   ~ David R Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender,
17:If one surrenders to God, there will be no cause for anxiety. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Conscious Immortality,
18:Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it.
   ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 472,
19:Surrender to the Feet of the Guru is the real mantra, in which there will be no fear of Maya's delusion.
   ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, [T5],
20:Keep only my soul to adore eternally
And meet Thee in each form and soul of Thee. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Surrender,
21:We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
22:Climbing from Nature’s deep surrendered heart
It blooms for ever at the feet of God, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Heavens of the Ideal,
23:It is only when God Himself by His grace draws the mind inwards that complete surrender can be acheived. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Day by Day, 27-6-46,
24:Surrender to the Divine is the best emotional protection.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender, 107, [T5],
25:All the play in this world is based on a certain relative free will in the individual being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Surrender,
26:Perfection comes by renunciation of desires and surrender to a higher Will. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Practical Concerns in Work,
27:Divine Will-the will expressing the highest Truth.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, To Will What the Divine Wills,
28:To will what God wills - that is the supreme secret.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, To Will What the Divine Wills,
29:So long as desire and ego remain, there can be no surrender to the Divine, no fulfilment in the Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, Desire,
30:Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, By As You Are,
31:I give order to those who are perfectly and totally surrendered, as these orders cannot be discussed or disobeyed.
   ~ The Mother, More Answers From The Mother,
32:Action Human and Divine
Keep only my soul to adore eternally
And meet Thee in each form and soul of Thee. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Surrender,
33:All has to be done by the working of the Mother's force aided by your aspiration, devotion and surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother, [T2],
34:How can one get rid of one's vanity and selfishness?

   By a complete consecration to the Divine and a loving surrender to the Divine's Will. Blessings.
   ~ The Mother,
35:If the Lord wills for you a hardship, do not protest. Take it as a blessing and indeed it will become so.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Difficulties of Surrender,
36:Let us do our best in all circumstances, leaving the result to the Divine's decision. 20 May 1954
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will [109],
37:The more you surrender to the Divine, the more will there be the possibility of perfection in you. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Practical Concerns in Work,
38:Q.: There is conflict in the teachings of Aurobindo and of the Mother.
M.: First surrender the Self and then harmonise the conflicts. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 164,
39:Equality of soul created by the surrender to the universal Wisdom gives us a supreme peace and calm. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, Agni, the Illumined Will,
40:Three are the words that sum up the supreme state of the Yoga of devotion, love, ecstasy, surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine and Human, Partial Systems of Yoga,
41:The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Early Cultural Writings, The Real Difficulty,
42:By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the one. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all' and `Thy will be done'. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
43:If you completely surrender all your responsibilities to me, I will accept them as mine and manage them. ~ Sri Ramana Maharsh?, Padamaliai, Behagavan's promises to His Devotees, 14,
44:We must see only through the Divine's eyes and act only through the Divine's will.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
45:Surrender: to will what the Divine wills is the supreme wisdom.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, To Will What the Divine Wills,
46:If man surrenders totally to the Divine, he identifies himself with the Divine.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender, [T5],
47:Our constant prayer is to understand the Divine's will and to live accordingly.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender, [T5],
48:Nobody is entirely fit for this Yoga; one has to become fit by aspiration, by abhyāsa, by sincerity and surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, The Nature of the Vital,
49:The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
50:To surrender to the Divine is to renounce your narrow limits and let yourself be invaded by It and made a centre for Its play.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
51:We must be satisfied with what the Divine gives us, and do what He wants us to do without weakness, free from useless ambition.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
52:There is an internal freedom permitted to every mental being called man to assent or not to assent to the Divine leading. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother with Letters on The Mother, Surrender to the Mother,
53:Agni in the form of an aspiration full of concentrated calm and surrender is certainly the first thing to be lighted in the heart. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - III, Experiences Associated with the Psychic,
54:Whenever there is any difficulty we must always remember that we are here exclusively to accomplish the Divine's will.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender, [T1],
55:I have given my mind to be dug Thy channel mind,
I have offered up my will to be Thy will:
Let nothing of myself be left behind
In our union mystic and unutterable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Surrender,
56:It is rare that somebody can surrender entirely to the Divine's Will without having to face one or another of the difficulties.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
57:The consent of all the being is necessary for the divine change, and it is the completeness and fullness of the consent that constitutes the integral surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV, The Lower Vital Being,
58:Each person has his own freedom of choice up to a certain point—unless he makes the full surrender—and as he uses the freedom, has to take the spiritual or other consequences. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Surrender,
59:To understand divine movements one must enter into the divine consciousness, till then faith and surrender are the only right attitude. How can the mind judge what is beyond all its measures?
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
60:When men will understand that the Divine knows better than they do what is the best for them, many of their difficulties will disappear.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, Difficulties of Surrender,
61:The best vow, and that of most universal application, is the vow of Holy Obedience; for not only does it lead to perfect freedom, but is a training in that surrender which is the last task.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick,
62:Surrender is the decision to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. This is done either through the mind or the emotion or the life-impulse or through all of them together.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
63:Surrender is giving oneself to the Divine - to give everything one is or has to the Divine and regard nothing as one's own, to obey only the Divine will and no other, to live for the Divine and not for the ego.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
64:How can one conquer the obscure vital? Rather, how is it possible to change the obscure vital into a luminous vital?

   By the surrender of the vital, its opening to the light, and by the growth of consciousness.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
65:At each moment may our attitude be such that the Divine's Will determines our choice so that the Divine may give the direction to all our life.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, To Will What the Divine Wills,
66:If we surrender our conscious will and allow it to be made one with the will of the Eternal, then, and then only, shall we attain to a true freedom;
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [97],
67:If part of the being surrenders, but another part reserves itself, follows its own way or makes its own conditions, then each time that that happens, you are yourself pushing the divine Grace away from you.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother, [T6],
68:One should not use the name of God artificially and superficially without feeling.
To use the name of God one must call upon Him and surrender to Him unreservedly.
After such surrender the name of God is constantly with the man. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 426,
69:We must lie before the Divine always like a page perfectly blank, so that the Divine's will may be inscribed in us without any difficulty or mixture. 20 November 1954
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Surrender to the Divine Will, TO WILL WHAT THE DIVINE WILLS [108],
70:The true aim of life is to find the Divine's Presence deep inside oneself and to surrender to It so that It takes the lead of the life, all the feelings and all the actions of the body. This gives a true and luminous aim to existence.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
71:My heart shall throb with the world-beats of Thy love,
My body become Thy engine for earth-use;
In my nerves and veins Thy rapture’s streams shall move;
My thoughts shall be hounds of Light for Thy power to loose. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Surrender,
72:Surrender means to consecrate everything in oneself to the Divine, to offer all one is and has, not to insist on one's ideas, desires, habits, etc., but to allow the divine Truth to replace them by its knowledge, will and action everywhere. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
73:The psychic has its own more personal love, bhakti, surrender. Love in the higher or spiritual mind is more universal and impersonal. The two must join together to make the highest divine love. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Divine Love, Psychic Love and Human Love,
74:At times I try to silence the mind, at times to surrender and at times to find my psychic being. Thus I cannot fix my attention on a single thing. Which one should I try first?

   All should be done and each one when it comes spontaneously.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
75:Man was created to express the Divine. His duty is therefore to become conscious of the Divine and to surrender himself entirely to His Will. All the rest, whatever the appearance, is falsehood and ignorance.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, The True Aim of Life, 8, [T0],
76:It is for this meaningful development of consciousness by thought, will, emotion, desire, action and experience, leading in the end to a supreme divine self-discovery, that Man, the mental being, has entered into the material body.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Surrender in Works,
77:The conditions for living ever in union with Purushottama: -
1. Loss of egoism - including all ambition (even "spiritual" ambition), pride, desire, self-centered life, mind, will.
2. Universalization of the consciousness.
3. Absolute surrender to the transcendental Divine.
~ Sri Aurobindo,
78:The Supreme demands your surrender to her, but does not impose it: you are free at every moment, till the irrevocable transformation comes, to deny and to reject the Divine or to recall your self-giving, if you are willing to suffer the spiritual consequence.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
79:Sincerity, Aspiration, Faith, Devotion and Self-Giving, Surrender to the Divine Will, Love, Openness and Receptivity, Purity and Humility, Gratitude and Faithfulness, Will and Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Hope and Straightforwardness, Happiness and Joy, Heroism and Bravery, Prudence and Balance, Truth and Speech ~ ?, toc,
80:I found the spot where truth echoes and know each beauty mark by heart.
But I just can't keep her still enough to render perfect art.
'Cause the truth is ever changing and although she loves my touch,
I've had my way, but I when I pray, she kisses back too much. ~ Saul Williams, Surrender (A Second to Think),
81:To do yoga, one of the most important things to achieve is to get rid of all attachment to the past. Let the past be past and concentrate only on the progress you want to make and the surrender to the Divine you have to achieve. My blessings and help are always with you. With love. 10 January 1967 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
82:One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your inability and require a higher power to help you, or investigate the cause of misery by going to the source and merging into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never forsakes one who has surrendered. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Surpassing Love and Grace,
83:The goal of yoga is always hard to reach, but this one is more difficult than any other, and it is only for those who have the call, the capacity, the willingness to face everything and every risk, even the risk of failure, and the will to progress towards an entire selflessness, desirelessness and surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
84:To die would mean nothing else than to surrender a nothing to the nothing, but that would be impossible to conceive, for how could a person, even only as a nothing, consciously surrender himself to the nothing, and not merely to an empty nothing but rather to a roaring nothing whose nothingness consists only in its incomprehensibility. ~ Franz Kafka,
85:Our purpose in Yoga is to exile the limited outward-looking ego and enthrone God in its place as the ruling Inhabitant of the nature. And this means, first, to disinherit desire and no longer accept the enjoyment of desire as the ruling human motive. The ...
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita,
86:If you are truly surrendered to the Divine, in the right manner and totally, then at every moment you will be what you ought to be, you will do what you ought to do, you will know what you ought to know. But for that you should have transcended all the limitations of the ego.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender,
87:three first approaches of Karma Yoga :::
   Equality, renunciation of all desire for the fruit of our works, action done as a sacrifice to the supreme Lord of our nature and of all nature, - these are the three first Godward approaches in the Gita's way of Karmayoga.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [105],
88:All was abolished save her naked self
And the prostrate yearning of her surrendered heart:
There was no strength in her, no pride of force;
The lofty burning of desire had sunk
Ashamed, a vanity of separate self,
The hope of spiritual greatness fled,
Salvation she asked not nor a heavenly crown:
Humility seemed now too proud a state. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Finding of the Soul,
89:It is when the contact with the psychic being is established that the heart feels this strange heaviness, the heaviness of all that is still in the Nature preventing the complete union with the soul - and this heaviness brings always tears in the eyes - but the tears are sweet and the heaviness itself is sweet if one keeps quiet and concentrated, turning inwards with surrender and confidence.
   ~ The Mother, White Roses,
90:So, the only thing to do is to accept quietly the conditions in which you find yourself, knowing that for him who has faith in the Divine it is always the best for him that happens. The Divine does not want human beings to suffer, but, in their ignorance, human beings react in such a way that they bring suffering upon themselves. In peace, quietness and surrender is the only solution.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
91:Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the universe who is ever victorious and accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at the proper time. Don't worry. Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the Divine. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
92:During the dark night there is no choice but to surrender control, give in to unknowing, and stop and listen to whatever signals of wisdom might come along. It's a time of enforced retreat and perhaps unwilling withdrawal. The dark night is more than a learning experience; it's a profound initiation into a realm that nothing in the culture, so preoccupied with external concerns and material success, prepares you for. ~ Thomas Moore, do the integral yoga one must first resolve to surrender entirely to the Divine, there is no other way, this is the way. But after that one must have the five psychological virtues, five psychological perfections and we say that the perfections are 1.Sincerity or Transparency 2.Faith or Trust (Trust in the Divine) 3.Devotion or Gratitude 4.Courage or Inspiration 5.Endurance or Perseverance
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956,
94:Sadhana is the practice of Yoga.
Tapasya is the concentration of the will to get the results of sadhana and to conquer the lower nature.
Aradhana is worship of the Divine, love, self-surrender, aspiration to the Divine, calling the name, prayer.
Dhyana is inner concentration of the consciousness, meditation, going inside in Samadhi.
Dhyana, tapasya and aradhana are all parts of sadhana. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, 215 [sadhana is:],
95:The sadhana of this Yoga does not proceed through any set mental teaching or prescribed forms of meditation, mantras or others, but by aspiration, by a self-concentration inwards or upwards, by self-opening to an Influence, to the Divine Power above us and its workings, to the Divine Presence in the heart, and by the rejection of all that is foreign to these things. It is only by faith, aspiration and surrender that this self-opening can come.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, [T3],
96:Yet would the ideal working of an integral Yoga be a movement, even from the beginning, integral in its process and whole and many-sided in its progress. In any case our present preoccupation is with a Yoga, integral in its aim and complete movement, but starting from works and proceeding by works althrough at each step more and more moved by a vivifying divine love and more and more illumined by a helping divine knowledge.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga Of Divine Works, Self-Surrender In Works - The Way Of The Gita, 93,
97:First, once and for all, you should know that luck, good or bad, does not exist. What to our ignorance looks like luck is simply the result of causes we know nothing about. It is certain that for someone who has desires, when his desires are not satisfied, it is a sign that the Divine Grace is with him and wants, through experience, to make him progress rapidly, by teaching him that a willing and spontaneous surrender to the Divine Will is a much surer way to be happy in peace and light than the satisfaction of any desire.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo,
98:D.: Impurities of limitation, ignorance and desire (anava, mayika, and kamya) place obstacles in the way of meditation. How to conquer them?
M.: Not to be swayed by them.
D.: Grace is necessary.
M.: Yes, Grace is both the beginning and the end. Introversion is due to Grace: Perseverance is Grace; and Realisation is Grace. That is the reason for the statement: Mamekam saranam vraja (only surrender to Me). If one has entirely surrendered oneself is there any part left to ask for Grace? He is swallowed up by Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 319,
99:At best we have only the poor relative freedom which by us is ignorantly called free-will. But that is at bottom illusory, since it is the modes of Nature that express themselves through our personal will; it is force of Nature, grasping us, ungrasped by us that determines what we shall will and how we shall will it. Nature, not an independent ego, chooses what object we shall seek, whether by reasoned will or unreflecting impulse, at any moment of our existence.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [95-96],
100:There are only three fundamental obstacles that can stand in the way: (1) Absence of faith or insufficient faith. (2) Egoism - the mind clinging to its own ideas, the vital preferring its own desires to a true surrender, the physical adhering to its own habits. (3) Some inertia or fundamental resistance in the consciousness, not willing to change because it is too much of an effort or because it does not want to believe in its own capacity or the power of the Divine - or for some other more subconscient reason. You have to see for yourself which of these it is.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - III, Difficulties of the Path,
101:There is a period, more or less prolonged, of internal effort and struggle in which the individual will has to reject the darkness and distortions of the lower nature and to put itself resolutely or vehemently on the side of the divine Light. The mental energies, the heart's emotions, the vital desires, the very physical being have to be compelled into the right attitude or trained to admit and answer to the right influences. It is only then, only when this has been truly done, that the surrender of the lower to the higher can be effected, because the sacrifice has become acceptable.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Four Aids, 61, [T0],
102:The surest way towards this integral fulfilment is to find the Master of the secret who dwells within us, open ourselves constantly to the divine Power which is also the divine Wisdom and Love and trust to it to effect the conversion. But it is difficult for the egoistic consciousness to do this at all at the beginning. And, if done at all, it is still difficult to do it perfectly and in every strand of our nature. It is difficult at first because our egoistic habits of thought, of sensation, of feeling block up the avenues by which we can arrive at the perception that is needed. It is difficult afterwards because the faith, the surrender, the courage requisite in this path are not easy to the ego-clouded soul.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, [63] [T7],
103:The Gita replies with its third great secret of the divine life. All action must be done in a more and more Godward and finally a God-possessed consciousness; our works must be a sacrifice to the Divine and in the end a surrender of all our being, mind, will, heart, sense, life and body to the One must make God-love and God-service our only motive. This transformation of the motive force and very character of works is indeed its master idea; it is the foundation of its unique synthesis of works, love and knowledge. In the end not desire, but the consciously felt will of the Eternal remains as the sole driver of our action and the sole originator of its initiative.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [104-105],
104:The more complete your faith, sincerity and surrender, the more will grace and protection be with you. And when the grace and protection of the Divine Mother are with you, what is there that can touch you or whom need you fear? A little of it even will carry you through all difficulties, obstacles and dangers, surrounded by its full presence you can go securely on your way because it is hers, careless of all menace, unaffected by any hostility however powerful, whether from this world or from worlds invisible. Its touch can turn difficulties into opportunities, failure into success and weakness into unfaltering strength. For the grace of the Divine Mother is the sanction of the Supreme and now or tomorrow its effect is sure, a thing decreed, inevitable and irresistible.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
105:Bhagavan: There are only two ways to conquer destiny or to be independent of it. One is to inquire whose this destiny is and discover that only the ego is bound by it and not the Self and that the ego is non-existent. The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, realizing one's helplessness and saying all the time: "Not I, but Thou, oh Lord," giving up all sense of "I" and "mine" and leaving it to the Lord to do what He likes with you. Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is the love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self-inquiry or through bhakti-marga. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Day by Day, 28-6-46,
106:The transformation of our superficial, narrow and fragmentary human way of thinking, seeing, feeling and being into a deep and wide spiritual consciousness and an integrated inner and outer existence and of our ordinary human living into the divine way of life must be its central purpose. The means towards this supreme end is a self-giving of all our nature to the Divine. Everything must be given to the Divine within us, to the universal All and to the transcendent Supreme. An absolute concentration of our will, our heart and our thought on that one and manifold Divine, an unreserved self-consecration of our whole being to the Divine alone - this is the decisive movement, the turning of the ego to That which is infinitely greater than itself, its self-giving and indispensable surrender
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, 89,
107:What then are the lines of Karmayoga laid down by the Gita? Its key principle, its spiritual method, can be summed up as the union of two largest and highest states or powers of consciousness, equality and oneness. The kernel of its method is an unreserved acceptance of the Divine in our life as in our inner self and spirit. An inner renunciation of personal desire leads to equality, accomplishes our total surrender to the Divine, supports a delivery from dividing ego which brings us oneness. The kernal of its method is an unreserved acceptance of the Divine in our life as in our inner self and spirit. An inner renunciation of personal desire leads to equality, accomplishes our total surrender to the Divine, supports a delivery from dividing ego which brings us oneness.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [95],
108:the best we can conceive as the thing to be done :::
   The work itself is at first determined by the best light we can command in our ignorance. It is that which we conceive as the thing that should be done. And whether it be shaped by our sense of duty, by our feeling for our fellow-creatures, by our idea of what is for the good of others or the good of the world or by the direction of one whom we accept as a human Master, wiser than ourselves and for us the representative of that Lord of all works in whom we believe but whom we do not yet know, the principle is the same. The essential of the sacrifice of works must be there and the essential is the surrender of all desire for the fruit of our works, the renunciation of all attachment to the result for which yet we labour. For so long as we work with attachment to the result, the sacrifice is offered not to the Divine, but to our ego...
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Equality and the Annihilation of Ego,
109:the importance and power of surrender :::
   Surrender is the decision taken to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. Without this decision nothing is at all possible; if you do not surrender, the Yoga is entirely out of the question. Everything else comes naturally after it, for the whole process starts with surrender. You can surrender either through knowledge or through devotion. You may have a strong intuition that the Divine alone is the truth and a luminous conviction that without the Divine you cannot manage. Or you may have a spontaneous feeling that this line is the only way of being happy, a strong psychic desire to belong exclusively to the Divine: I do not belong to my self, you say, and give up the responsibility of your being to the Truth. Then comes self-offering: Here I am, a creature of various qualities, good and bad, dark and enlightened. I offer myself as I am to you, take me up with all my ups and downs, conflicting impulses and tendencies - do whatever you like with me.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
110:The tide of materialistic thoughts is always on the watch, waiting for the least weakness, and if we relax but one moment from our vigilance, if we are even slightly negligent, it rushes in and invades us from all sides, submerging under its heavy flood the result sometimes of numberless efforts. Then the being enters a sort of torpor, its physical needs of food and sleep increase, its intelligence is clouded, its inner vision veiled, and in spite of the little interest it really finds in such superficial activities, they occupy it almost exclusively. This state is extremely painful and tiring, for nothing is more tiring then materialistic thoughts, and the mind, worn out, suffers like a caged bird which cannot spread its wings and yet longs to be able to soar freely.
   But perhaps this state has its own use which I do not see.... In any case, I do not struggle; and like a child in its mother's arms, like a fervent disciple at the feet of his master, I trust myself to Thee and surrender to Thy guidance, sure of Thy victory.
   ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations, January 4th, 1914,
   Sweet Mother, Sri Aurobindo has said somewhere that if one surrenders to the Divine Grace, it will do everything for us. Therefore, what value has tapasya?

If you want to know what Sri Aurobindo has said on a given subject, you must at least read all that he has written on that subject. You will then see that he has apparently said the most contradictory things. But when one has read everything, and understood a little, one perceives that all the contradictions complement each other and are organised and unified into an integral synthesis. Here is another quotation from Sri Aurobindo which will show you that your question is based on ignorance. There are many others which you can read with interest and which will make your intelligence more supple: 'If there is not a complete surrender, then it is not possible to adopt the baby cat attitude; it becomes mere tamasic passivity calling itself surrender. If a complete surrender is not possible in the beginning, it follows that personal effort is necessary.' 16 December 1964
   ~ The Mother, Some Answers From The Mother, 308,
112:Three things you must have, - consciousness, - plasticity and - unreserved surrender.
   For you must be conscious in your mind and soul and heart and life and the very cells of your body, aware of the Mother and her Powers and their working; for although she can and does work in you even in your obscurity and your unconscious parts and moments, it is not the same thing as when you are in an awakened and living communion with her.
   All your nature must be plastic to her touch, - not questioning as the self-sufficient ignorant mind questions and doubts and disputes and is the enemy of its enlightenment and change; not insisting on its own movements as the vital in the man insists and persistently opposes its refractory desires and ill-will to every divine influence; not obstructing and entrenched in incapacity, inertia and tamas as man's physical consciousness obstructs and clinging to the pleasure in smallness and darkness cries out against each touch that disturbs it soulless routine or it dull sloth or its torpid slumber.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother, [58],
113:In the depths of your consciousness is the psychic being, the temple of the Divine within you. This is the centre round which should come about the unification of all these divergent parts, all these contradictory movements of your being. Once you have got the consciousness of the psychic being and its aspiration, these doubts and difficulties can be destroyed. It takes more or less time, but you will surely succeed in the end. Once you have turned to the Divine, saying, "I want to be yours", and the Divine has said, "Yes", the whole world cannot keep you from it. When the central being has made its surrender, the chief difficulty has disappeared. The outer being is like a crust. In ordinary people the crust is so hard and thick that they are not conscious of the Divine within them. If once, even for a moment only, the inner being has said, "I am here and I am yours", then it is as though a bridge has been built and little by little the crust becomes thinner and thinner until the two parts are wholly joined and the inner and the outer become one. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
114:the supreme third period of greater divine equality :::
   If we can pass through these two stages of the inner change without being arrested or fixed in either, we are admitted to a greater divine equality which is capable of a spiritual ardour and tranquil passion of delight, a rapturous, all-understanding and all-possessing equality of the perfected soul, an intense and even wideness and fullness of its being embracing all things. This is the supreme period and the passage to it is through the joy of a total self-giving to the Divine and to the universal Mother. For strength is then crowned by a happy mastery, peace deepens into bliss, the possession of the divine calm is uplifted and made the ground for the possession of the divine movement. But if this greater perfection is to arrive, the soul's impartial high-seatedness looking down from above on the flux of forms and personalities and movements and forces must be modified and change into a new sense of strong and calm submission and a powerful and intense surrender. ...
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Equality and the Annihilation of Ego,
115:Only by our coming into constant touch with the divine Consciousness and its absolute Truth can some form of the conscious Divine, the dynamic Absolute, take up our earth-existence and transform its strife, stumbling, sufferings and falsities into an image of the supreme Light, Power and Ananda.
   The culmination of the soul's constant touch with the Supreme is that self-giving which we call surrender to the divine Will and immergence of the separated ego in the One who is all. A vast universality of soul and an intense unity with all is the base and fixed condition of the supramental consciousness and spiritual life. In that universality and unity alone can we find the supreme law of the divine manifestation in the life of the embodied spirit; in that alone can we discover the supreme motion and right play of our individual nature. In that alone can all these lower discords resolve themselves into a victorious harmony of the true relations between manifested beings who are portions of the one Godhead and children of one universal Mother. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom, 205,
116:In the early part of the sadhana - and by early I do not mean a short part - effort is indispensable. Surrender of course, but surrender is not a thing that is done in a day. The mind has its ideas and it clings to them; the human vital resists surrender, for what it calls surrender in the early stages is a doubtful kind of self-giving with a demand in it; the physical consciousness is like a stone and what it calls surrender is often no more then inertia. It is only the psychic that knows how to surrender and the psychic is usually very much veiled in the beginning. When the psychic awakens, it can bring a sudden and true surrender of the whole being, for the difficulty of the rest is rapidly dealt with and disappears. But till then effort is indispensable. Or else it is necessary till the Force comes flooding down into the being from above and takes up the sadhana, does it for one more and more and leaves less and less to individual effort - but even then, it not effort, at least aspiration and vigilance are needed till the possession of mind, will, life and body by the Divine Power is complete. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
117:Do not be over-eager for experience, - for experiences you can always get, having once broken the barrier between the physical mind and the subtle planes. What you have to aspire for most is the improved quality of the recipient consciousness in you - discrimination in the mind, the unattached impersonal Witness look on all that goes on in you and around you, purity in the vital, calm equanimity, enduring patience, absence of pride and the sense of greatness - and more especially, the development of the psychic being in you - surrender, self-giving, psychic humility, devotion. It is a consciousness made up of these things, cast in this mould that can bear without breaking, stumbling or deviation into error the rush of lights, powers and experiences from the supraphysical planes. An entire perfection in these respects is hardly possible until the whole nature from the highest mind to the subconscient physical is made one in the light that is greater than Mind; but a sufficient foundation and a consciousness always self-observant, vigilant and growing in these things is indispensable
   - for perfect purification is the basis of the perfect siddhi. ~ ?,
118:This Divine Being, Sachchidananda, is at once impersonal and personal: it is an Existence and the origin and foundation of all truths, forces, powers, existences, but it is also the one transcendent Conscious Being and the All-Person of whom all conscious beings are the selves and personalities; for He is their highest Self and the universal indwelling Presence. It is a necessity for the soul in the universe - and therefore the inner trend of the evolutionary Energy and its ultimate intention - to know and to grow into this truth of itself, to become one with the Divine Being, to raise its nature to the Divine Nature, its existence into the Divine Existence, its consciousness into the Divine Consciousness, its delight of being into the divine Delight of Being, and to receive all this into its becoming, to make the becoming an expression of that highest Truth, to be possessed inwardly of the Divine Self and Master of its existence and to be at tthe same time wholly possessed by Him and moved by His Divine Energy and live and act in a complete self-giving and surrender.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, The Integral Knowledge and the Aim of Life; Four Theories of Existence, 688,
119:Two Paths Of Yoga :::
   There are two paths of Yoga, one of tapasya (discipline), and the other of surrender. The path of tapasya is arduous. Here you rely solely upon yourself, you proceed by your own strength. You ascend and achieve according to the measure of your force. There is always the danger of falling down. And once you fall, you lie broken in the abyss and there is hardly a remedy. The other path, the path of surrender. is a safe and sure. It is here, however, that the Western people find their difficulty. They have been taught to fear and avoid all that threatens their personal independence. They have imbibed with their mothers milk the sense of individuality. And surrender means giving up all that. In other words, you may follow, as Ramakrishna says, either the path of the baby monkey or that of the baby cat. The baby monkey holds to its mother in order to be carried about and it must hold firm, otherwise if it loses its grip, it falls. On the other hand, the baby cat does not hold to its mother, but is held by the mother and has no fear nor responsibility; it to nor has nothing do but to let the mother hold it and cry ma ma.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
120:the first necessity :::
   An entire self-consecration, a complete equality, an unsparing effacement of the ego, a transforming deliverance of the nature from its ignorant modes of action are the steps by which the surrender of all the being and nature to the Divine Will can be prepared and achieved, -- a self-giving true, total and without reserve. The first necessity is an entire spirit of self-consecration in our works; it must become first the constant will, then the ingrained need in all the being, finally its automatic but living and conscious habit, the self-existent turn to do all action as a sacrifice to the Supreme and to the veiled Power present in us and in all beings and in all the workings of the universe. Life is the altar of this sacrifice, works are our offerings; a transcendent and universal Power and Presence as yet rather felt or glimpsed than known or seen by us is the Deity to whom they are offered. This sacrifice, this self-consecration has two sides to it; there is the work itself and there is the spirit in which it is done, the spirit of worship to the Master of Works in all that we see, think and experience.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Equality and the Annihilation of Ego,
121:on cultivating equality :::
   For it is certain that so great a result cannot be arrived at immediately and without any previous stages. At first we have to learn to bear the shocks of the world with the central part of our being untouched and silent, even when the surface mind, heart, life are strongly shaken; unmoved there on the bedrock of our life, we must separate the soul watching behind or immune deep within from these outer workings of our nature. Afterwards, extending this calm and steadfastness of the detached soul to its instruments, it will become slowly possible to radiate peace from the luminous centre to the darker peripheries. In this process we may take the passing help of many minor phases; a certain stoicism, a certain calm philosophy, a certain religious exaltation may help us towards some nearness to our aim, or we may call in even less strong and exalted but still useful powers of our mental nature. In the end we must either discard or transform them and arrive instead at an entire equality, a perfect self-existent peace within and even, if we can, a total unassailable, self-poised and spontaneous delight in all our members.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [103-104],
122:For our concentration on the Eternal will be consummated by the mind when we see constantly the Divine in itself and the Divine in ourselves, but also the Divine in all things and beings and happenings. It will be consummated by the heart when all emotion is summed up in the love of the Divine, - of the Divine in itself and for itself, but love too of the Divine in all its beings and powers and personalities and forms in the Universe. It will be consummated by the will when we feel and receive always the divine impulsion and accept that alone as our sole motive force; but this will mean that, having slain to the last rebellious straggler the wandering impulses of the egoistic nature, we have universalised ourselves and can accept with a constant happy acceptance the one divine working in all things. This is the first fundamental siddhi of the integral Yoga.
   It is nothing less that is meant in the end when we speak of the absolute consecration of the individual to the Divine. But this total fullness of consecration can only come by a constant progression when the long and difficult process of transforming desire out of existence is completed in an ungrudging measure. Perfect self-consecration implies perfect self-surrender.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, 85-86, [T1],
123:keep faith :::
We must have faith that always what is for the best happens. We may for the moment not consider it as the best because we are ignorant and also blind, because we do not see the consequences of things and what will happen later. But we must keep the faith that if it is like that, if we rely on the Divine, if we give Him the full charge of ourselves, if we let Him decide everything for us, well, we must know that it is always what is best for us that happens. This is an absolute fact. To the extent to which you surrender, the best happens to you. This may not be in conformity with what you would like, your preferences or desire, because these things are blind: it is the best from thespiritual point of view, the best for your progress, your development, your spiritual growth, your true life. It is always that. And you must keep this faith, because faith is the expression of a trust in the Divine and the full self-giving you make to the Divine. And when you make it, it is something absolutely marvellous. That's a fact, these are not just words, you understand, it is a fact. When you look back, all kinds of things which you did not understand when they happened to you, you realise as just the thing which was necessary in order to compel you to make the needed progress. Always, without exception. It is our blindness which prevents us from seeing it. ~ The Mother,
124:the one entirely acceptable sacrifice :::
   And the fruit also of the sacrifice of works varies according to the work, according to the intention in the work and according to the spirit that is behind the intention. But all other sacrifices are partial, egoistic, mixed, temporal, incomplete, - even those offered to the highest Powers and Principles keep this character: the result too is partial, limited, temporal, mixed in its reactions, effective only for a minor or intermediate purpose. The one entirely acceptable sacrifice is a last and highest and uttermost self-giving, - it is that surrender made face to face, with devotion and knowledge, freely and without any reserve to One who is at once our immanent Self, the environing constituent All, the Supreme Reality beyond this or any manifestation and, secretly, all these together, concealed everywhere, the immanent Transcendence. For to the soul that wholly gives itself to him, God also gives himself altogether. Only the one who offers his whole nature, finds the Self. Only the one who can give everything, enjoys the Divine All everywhere. Only a supreme self-abandonment attains to the Supreme. Only the sublimation by sacrifice of all that we are, can enable us to embody the Highest and live here in the immanent consciousness of the transcendent Spirit.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice [110],
125:When the Peace is established, this higher or Divine Force from above can descend and work in us. It descends usually first into the head and liberates the inner mind mind centres, then into the heart centre and liberates fully the psychic and emotional being, then into the navel and other vital centres and liberates the inner vital, then into the Muladhara and below and liberates the inner vital, then into the navel and other vital centres and liberates the inner physical being. It works at the same time for perfection as well as liberation; it takes up the whole nature part by part and deals with it, rejecting what has to be rejected, sublimating what has to be sublimated, creating what has to be created. It integrates, harmonises, establishes a new rhythm in the nature. It can bring down too a higher and yet higher force and range of the higher nature until, if that be the aim of the sadhana, it becomes possible to bring down the supramental force and existence. All this is prepared, assistance, farthered by the work of the psychic being in the heart centre; the more it is open, in front, active, the quicker, safer, easier the working of the Force can be. The more love and bhakti and surrender grow in the heart, the more rapid and perfect becomes the evolution of the sadhana. For the descent and transformation imply at the same time an increasing contact and union with the Divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
126:If the spirit of divine love can enter, the hardness of the way diminishes, the tension is lightened, there is a sweetness and joy even in the core of difficulty and struggle. The indispensable surrender of all our will and works and activities to the Supreme is indeed only perfect and perfectly effective when it is a surrender of love. All life turned into this cult, all actions done in the love of the Divine and in the love of the world and its creatures seen and felt as the Divine manifested in many disguises become by that very fact part of an integral Yoga.
   It is the inner offering of the heart's adoration, the soul of it in the symbol, the spirit of it in the act, that is the very life of the sacrifice. If this offering is to be complete and universal, then a turning of all our emotions to the Divine is imperative. This is the intensest way of purification for the human heart, more powerful than any ethical or aesthetic catharsis could ever be by its half-power and superficial pressure. A psychic fire within must be lit into which all is thrown with the Divine Name upon it. In that fire all the emotions are compelled to cast off their grosser elements and those that are undivine perversions are burned away and the others discard their insufficiencies, till a spirit of largest love and a stainless divine delight arises out of the flame and smoke and frankincense. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 165, [T2],
127:the first necessity; :::
   The first necessity is to dissolve that central faith and vision in the mind which concentrate it on its development and satisfaction and interests in the old externalised order of things. It is imperative to exchange this surface orientation for the deeper faith and vision which see only the Divine and seek only after the Divine. The next need is to compel all our lower being to pay homage to this new faith and greater vision. All our nature must make an integral surrender; it must offer itself in every part and every movement to that which seems to the unregenerated sensemind so much less real than the material world and its objects. Our whole being - soul, mind, sense, heart, will, life, body - must consecrate all its energies so entirely and in such a way that it shall become a fit vehicle for the Divine. This is no easy task; for everything in the world follows the fixed habit which is to it a law and resists a radical change. And no change can be more radical than the revolution attempted in the integral Yoga. Everything in us has constantly to be called back to the central faith and will and vision. Every thought and impulse has to be reminded in the language of the Upanishad that That is the divine Brahman and not this which men here adore. Every vital fibre has to be persuaded to accept an entire renunciation of all that hitherto represented to it its own existence.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Consecration, 72,
128:There must be accepted and progressively accomplished a surrender of our capacities of working into the hands of a greater Power behind us and our sense of being the doer and worker must disappear. All must be given for a more direct use into the hands of the divine Will which is hidden by these frontal appearances; for by that permitting Will alone is our action possible. A hidden Power is the true Lord and overruling Observer of our acts and only he knows through all the ignorance and perversion and deformation brought in by the ego their entire sense and ultimate purpose. There must be effected a complete transformation of our limited and distorted egoistic life and works into the large and direct outpouring of a greater divine Life, Will and Energy that now secretly supports us. This greater Will and Energy must be made conscious in us and master; no longer must it remain, as now, only a superconscious, upholding and permitting Force. There must be achieved an undistorted transmission through us of the all-wise purpose and process of a now hidden omniscient Power and omnipotent Knowledge which will turn into its pure, unobstructed, happily consenting and participating channel all our transmuted nature. This total consecration and surrender and this resultant entire transformation and free transmission make up the whole fundamental means and the ultimate aim of an integral Karmayoga.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [92],
129:These are the conditions of our effort and they point to an ideal which can be expressed in these or in equivalent formulae. To live in God and not in the ego; to move, vastly founded, not in the little egoistic consciousness, but in the consciousness of the All-Soul and the Transcendent. To be perfectly equal in all happenings and to all beings, and to see and feel them as one with oneself and one with the Divine; to feel all in oneself and all in God; to feel God in all, oneself in all. To act in God and not in the ego. And here, first, not to choose action by reference to personal needs and standards, but in obedience to the dictates of the living highest Truth above us. Next, as soon as we are sufficiently founded in the spiritual consciousness, not to act any longer by our separate will or movement, but more and more to allow action to happen and develop under the impulsion and guidance of a divine Will that surpasses us. And last, the supreme result, to be exalted into an identity in knowledge, force, consciousness, act, joy of existence with the Divine Shakti; to feel a dynamic movement not dominated by mortal desire and vital instinct and impulse and illusive mental free-will, but luminously conceived and evolved in an immortal self-delight and an infinite self-knowledge. For this is the action that comes by a conscious subjection and merging of the natural man into the divine Self and eternal Spirit; it is the Spirit that for ever transcends and guides this world-Nature.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [101],
130:The Lord has veiled himself and his absolute wisdom and eternal consciousness in ignorant Nature-Force and suffers her to drive the individual being, with its complicity, as the ego; this lower action of Nature continues to prevail, often even in spite of man's half-lit imperfect efforts at a nobler motive and a purer self-knowledge. Our human effort at perfection fails, or progresses very incompletely, owing to the force of Nature's past actions in us, her past formations, her long-rooted associations; it turns towards a true and high-climbing success only when a greater Knowledge and Power than our own breaks through the lid of our ignorance and guides or takes up our personal will. For our human will is a misled and wandering ray that has parted from the supreme Puissance. The period of slow emergence out of this lower working into a higher light and purer force is the valley of the shadow of death for the striver after perfection; it is a dreadful passage full of trials, sufferings, sorrows, obscurations, stumblings, errors, pitfalls. To abridge and alleviate this ordeal or to penetrate it with the divine delight faith is necessary, an increasing surrender of the mind to the knowledge that imposes itself from within and, above all, a true aspiration and a right and unfaltering and sincere practice. "Practise unfalteringly," says the Gita, "with a heart free from despondency," the Yoga; for even though in the earlier stage of the path we drink deep of the bitter poison of internal discord and suffering, the last taste of this cup is the sweetness of the nectar of immortality and the honey-wine of an eternal Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Supreme Will, 219,
131:In all that is done in the universe, the Divine through his Shakti is behind all action but he is veiled by his Yoga Maya and works through the ego of the Jiva in the lower nature.
   In Yoga also it is the Divine who is the Sadhaka and the Sadhana; it is his Shakti with her light, power, knowledge, consciousness, Ananda, acting upon the adhara and, when it is opened to her, pouring into it with these divine forces that makes the Sadhana possible. But so long as the lower nature is active the personal effort of the Sadhaka remains necessary.
   The personal effort required is a triple labour of aspiration, rejection and surrender, -
   an aspiration vigilant, constant, unceasing - the mind's will, the heart's seeking, the assent of the vital being, the will to open and make plastic the physical consciousness and nature;
   rejection of the movements of the lower nature - rejection of the mind's ideas, opinions, preferences, habits, constructions, so that the true knowledge may find free room in a silent mind, - rejection of the vital nature's desires, demands, cravings, sensations, passions, selfishness, pride, arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, envy, hostility to the Truth, so that the true power and joy may pour from above into a calm, large, strong and consecrated vital being, - rejection of the physical nature's stupidity, doubt, disbelief, obscurity, obstinacy, pettiness, laziness, unwillingness to change, tamas, so that the true stability of Light, Power, Ananda may establish itself in a body growing always more divine;
   surrender of oneself and all one is and has and every plane of the consciousness and every movement to the Divine and the Shakti.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
132:the aim of our yoga :::
   The aim set before our Yoga is nothing less than to hasten this supreme object of our existence here. Its process leaves behind the ordinary tardy method of slow and confused growth through the evolution of Nature. For the natural evolution is at its best an uncertain growth under cover, partly by the pressure of the environment, partly by a groping education and an ill-lighted purposeful effort, an only partially illumined and half-automatic use of opportunities with many blunders and lapses and relapses; a great portion of it is made up of apparent accidents and circumstances and vicissitudes, - though veiling a secret divine intervention and guidance. In Yoga we replace this confused crooked crab-motion by a rapid, conscious and self-directed evolution which is planned to carry us, as far as can be, in a straight line towards the goal set before us. In a certain sense it may be an error to speak of a goal anywhere in a progression which may well be infinite. Still we can conceive of an immediate goal, an ulterior objective beyond our present achievement towards which the soul in man can aspire. There lies before him the possibility of a new birth; there can be an ascent into a higher and wider plane of being and its descent to transform his members. An enlarged and illumined consciousness is possible that shall make of him a liberated spirit and a perfected force - and, if spread beyond the individual, it might even constitute a divine humanity or else a new, a supramental and therefore a superhuman race. It is this new birth that we make our aim: a growth into a divine consciousness is the whole meaning of our Yoga, an integral conversion to divinity not only of the soul but of all the parts of our nature.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, 89-90,
133:One can concentrate in any of the three centres which is easiest to the sadhak or gives most result. The power of the concentration in the heart-centre is to open that centre and by the power of aspiration, love, bhakti, surrender remove the veil which covers and conceals the soul and bring forward the soul or psychic being to govern the mind, life and body and turn and open them all-fully-to the Divine, removing all that is opposed to that turning and opening.
   This is what is called in this Yoga the psychic transformation. The power of concentration above the head is to bring peace, silence, liberation from the body sense, the identification with mind and life and open the way for the lower (mental vital-physical) consciousness to rise up to meet the higher Consciousness above and for the powers of the higher (spiritual or divine) Consciousness to descend into mind, life and body. This is what is called in this Yoga the spiritual transformation. If one begins with this movement, then the Power from above has in its descent to open all the centres (including the lowest centre) and to bring out the psychic being; for until that is done there is likely to be much difficulty and struggle of the lower consciousness obstructing, mixing with or even refusing the Divine Action from above. If the psychic being is once active this struggle and these difficulties can be greatly minimised. The power of concentration in the eyebrows is to open the centre there, liberate the inner mind and vision and the inner or Yogic consciousness and its experiences and powers. From here also one can open upwards and act also in the lower centres; but the danger of this process is that one may get shut up in one's mental spiritual formations and not come out of them into the free and integral spiritual experience and knowledge and integral change of the being and nature.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, [where to concentrate?],
134:A distinction has to be firmly seized in our consciousness, the capital distinction between mechanical Nature and the free Lord of Nature, between the Ishwara or single luminous divine Will and the many executive modes and forces of the universe. Nature, - not as she is in her divine Truth, the conscious Power of the Eternal, but as she appears to us in the Ignorance, - is executive Force, mechanical in her steps, not consciously intelligent to our experience of her, although all her works are instinct with an absolute intelligence. Not in herself master, she is full of a self-aware Power which has an infinite mastery and, because of this Power driving her, she rules all and exactly fulfils the work intended in her by the Ishwara. Not enjoying but enjoyed, she bears in herself the burden of all enjoyments. Nature as Prakriti is an inertly active Force, - for she works out a movement imposed upon her; but within her is One that knows, - some Entity sits there that is aware of all her motion and process. Prakriti works containing the knowledge, the mastery, the delight of the Purusha, the Being associated with her or seated within her; but she can participate in them only by subjection and reflection of that which fills her. Purusha knows and is still and inactive; he contains the action of Prakriti within his consciousness and knowledge and enjoys it. He gives the sanction to Prakriti's works and she works out what is sanctioned by him for his pleasure. Purusha himself does not execute; he maintains Prakriti in her action and allows her to express in energy and process and formed result what he perceives in his knowledge. This is the distinction made by the Sankhyas; and although it is not all the true truth, not in any way the highest truth either of Purusha or of Prakriti, still it is a valid and indispensable practical knowledge in the lower hemisphere of existence.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Self-Surrender in Works,
135:A supreme divine Love is a creative Power and, even though it can exist in itself silent and unchangeable, yet rejoices in external form and expression and is not condemned to be a speechless and bodiless godhead. It has even been said that creation itself was an act of love or at least the building up of a field in which Divine Love could devise its symbols and fulfil itself in act of mutuality and self-giving, and, if not the initial nature of creation, this may well be its ultimate object and motive. It does not so appear now because, even if a Divine Love is there in the world upholding all this evolution of creatures, yet the stuff of life and its action is made up of an egoistic formation, a division, a struggle of life and consciousness to exist and survive in an apparently indifferent, inclement or even hostile world of inanimate and inconscient Matter. In the confusion and obscurity of this struggle all are thrown against each other with a will in each to assert its own existence first and foremost and only secondarily to assert itself in others and very partially for others; for even man's altruism remains essentially egoistic and must be so till the soul finds the secret of the divine Oneness. It is to discover that at its supreme source, to bring it from within and to radiate it out up to the extreme confines of life that is turned the effort of the Yoga. All action, all creation must be turned into a form, a symbol of the cult, the adoration, the sacrifice; it must carry something that makes it bear in it the stamp of a dedication, a reception and translation of the Divine Consciousness, a service of the Beloved, a self-giving, a surrender. This has to be done wherever possible in the outward body and form of the act; it must be done always in its inward emotion and an intentsity that shows it to be an outflow from the soul towards the Eternal.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 164,
   Should not one be born with a great aspiration?

No, aspiration is a thing to be developed, educated, like all activities of the being. One may be born with a very slight aspiration and develop it so much that it becomes very great. One may be born with a very small will and develop it and make it strong. It is a ridiculous idea to believe that things come to you like that, through a sort of grace, that if you are not given aspiration, you don't have it - this is not true. It is precisely upon this that Sri Aurobindo has insisted in his letter and in the passage I am going to read to you in a minute. He says you must choose, and the choice is constantly put before you and constantly you must choose, and if you do not choose, well, you will not be able to advance. You must choose; there is no "force like that" which chooses for you, or chance or luck or fate - this is not true. Your will is free, it is deliberately left free and you have to choose. It is you who decide whether to seek the Light or not, whether to be the servitor of the Truth or not - it is you. Or whether to have an aspiration or not, it is you who choose. And even when you are told, "Make your surrender total and the work will be done for you", it is quite all right, but to make your surrender total, every day and at every moment you must choose to make your surrender total, otherwise you will not do it, it will not get done by itself. It is you who must want to do it. When it is done, all goes well, when you have the Knowledge also, all goes well, and when you are identified with the Divine, all goes even better, but till then you must will, choose and decide. Don't go to sleep lazily, saying, "Oh! The work will be done for me, I have nothing to do but let myself glide along with the stream." Besides, it is not true, the work is not done by itself, because if the least little thing thwarts your little will, it says, "No, not that!..." Then?
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951,
137:... The first opening is effected by a concentration in the heart, a call to the Divine to manifest within us and through the psychic to take up and lead the whole nature. Aspiration, prayer, bhakti, love, surrender are the main supports of this part of the sadhana - accompanied by a rejection of all that stands in the way of what we aspire for. The second opening is effected by a concentration of the consciousness in the head (afterwards, above it) and an aspiration and call and a sustained will for the descent of the divine Peace, Power, Light, Knowledge, Ananda into the being - the Peace first or the Peace and Force together. Some indeed receive Light first or Ananda first or some sudden pouring down of knowledge. With some there is first an opening which reveals to them a vast infinite Silence, Force, Light or Bliss above them and afterwards either they ascend to that or these things begin to descend into the lower nature. With others there is either the descent, first into the head, then down to the heart level, then to the navel and below and through the whole body, or else an inexplicable opening - without any sense of descent - of peace, light, wideness or power or else a horizontal opening into the cosmic consciousness or, in a suddenly widened mind, an outburst of knowledge. Whatever comes has to be welcomed - for there is no absolute rule for all, - but if the peace has not come first, care must be taken not to swell oneself in exultation or lose the balance. The capital movement however is when the Divine Force or Shakti, the power of the Mother comes down and takes hold, for then the organisation of the consciousness begins and the larger foundation of the Yoga.

   The result of the concentration is not usually immediate - though to some there comes a swift and sudden outflowering; but with most there is a time longer or shorter of adaptation or preparation, especially if the nature has not been prepared already to some extent by aspiration and tapasya. ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
138:I know some individuals who make this their daily practice: starting at the beginning and reading a canto or half a canto every day till they reach the end and then starting at the beginning again, and in that way they have gone through the whole of Savitri many times. When this is done in groups there's really no doubt that by this going through the whole soundbody of the epic from beginning to end aloud, there must be built up a very strong force field of vibrations. It is definitely of benefit to the people who participate in it. But again I would say that the effect or benefit of this sacrifice will be richer to the extent that the reading is done with understanding and above all with soul surrender. It shouldn't become a mere ritual.
Sri Aurobindo's mantric lines, repeated one after the other, will always have their power; but the power will be much greater if the mind can participate, and the will and the heart.
I have also heard of some groups who select one line that seems to have a particular mantric power and then within the group they chant that line many, many times. They concentrate on that one special line, and try to take its vibrations deep into themselves. Again I am sure that this is very beneficial to those who practice it.
In that way the words enter very deeply into the consciousness. There they resonate and do their work, and perhaps not just the surface meaning but the deeper meaning and the deeper vibrations may reveal their full depth to those who undertake this exercise if it is done with self-dedication, with a true aspiration to internalise the heart of the meaning, not just as a mere repetition.
At another end of the spectrum of possible approaches to Savitri, we can say there would be the aesthetic approach, the approach of enjoying it for its poetic beauty. I met a gentleman a couple of months ago, who told me, "We have faith in Sri Aurobindo, but it is so difficult to understand his books. We tried with The Life Divine, we tried with The Synthesis of Yoga but we found them so difficult. ~ collab summer & fall 2011,
139:The guiding law of spiritual experience can only come by an opening of human consciousness to the Divine Consciousness; there must be the power to receive in us the working and command and dynamic presence of the Divine Shakti and surrender ourselves to her control; it is that surrender and that control which bring the guidance. But the surrender is not sure, there is no absolute certitude of the guidance so long as we are besieged by mind formations and life impulses and instigations of ego which may easily betray us into the hands of a false experience. This danger can only be countered by the opening of a now nine-tenths concealed inmost soul or psychic being that is already there but not commonly active within us. That is the inner light we must liberate; for the light of this inmost soul is our one sure illumination so long as we walk still amidst the siege of the Ignorance and the Truth-consciousness has not taken up the entire control of our Godward endeavour. The working of the Divine Force in us under the conditions of the transition and the light of the psychic being turning us always towards a conscious and seeing obedience to that higher impulsion and away from the demands and instigations of the Forces of the Ignorance, these between them create an ever progressive inner law of our action which continues till the spiritual and supramental can be established in our nature. In the transition there may well be a period in which we take up all life and action and offer them to the Divine for purification, change and deliverance of the truth within them, another period in which we draw back and build a spiritual wall around us admitting through its gates only such activities as consent to undergo the law of the spiritual transformation, a third in which a free and all-embracing action, but with new forms fit for the utter truth of the Spirit, can again be made possible. These things, however, will be decided by no mental rule but in the light of the soul within us and by the ordaining force and progressive guidance of the Divine Power that secretly or overtly first impels, then begins clearly to control and order and finally takes up the whole burden of the Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 1, 138,
140:Fundamentally, whatever be the path one follows - whe- ther the path of surrender, consecration, knowledge-if one wants it to be perfect, it is always equally difficult, and there is but one way, one only, I know of only one: that is perfect sincerity, but perfect sincerity!

Do you know what perfect sincerity is?...

Never to try to deceive oneself, never let any part of the being try to find out a way of convincing the others, never to explain favourably what one does in order to have an excuse for what one wants to do, never to close one's eyes when something is unpleasant, never to let anything pass, telling oneself, "That is not important, next time it will be better."

Oh! It is very difficult. Just try for one hour and you will see how very difficult it is. Only one hour, to be totally, absolutely sincere. To let nothing pass. That is, all one does, all one feels, all one thinks, all one wants, is exclusively the Divine.

"I want nothing but the Divine, I think of nothing but the Divine, I do nothing but what will lead me to the Divine, I love nothing but the Divine."

Try - try, just to see, try for half an hour, you will see how difficult it is! And during that time take great care that there isn't a part of the vital or a part of the mind or a part of the physical being nicely hidden there, at the back, so that you don't see it (Mother hides her hands behind her back) and don't notice that it is not collaborating - sitting quietly there so that you don't unearth it... it says nothing, but it does not change, it hides itself. How many such parts! How many parts hide themselves! You put them in your pocket because you don't want to see them or else they get behind your back and sit there well-hidden, right in the middle of your back, so as not to be seen. When you go there with your torch - your torch of sincerity - you ferret out all the corners, everywhere, all the small corners which do not consent, the things which say "No" or those which do not move: "I am not going to budge. I am glued to this place of mine and nothing will make me move."... You have a torch there with you, and you flash it upon the thing, upon everything. You will see there are many of them there, behind your back, well stuck.

Try, just for an hour, try!
No more questions?
Nobody has anything to say? Then, au revoir, my children! ~ The Mother, Question and Answers, Volume-6, page no.132-133),
   Are not offering and surrender to the Divine the same thing?

They are two aspects of the same thing, but not altogether the same. One is more active than the other. They do not belong to quite the same plane of existence.

For example, you have decided to offer your life to the Divine, you take that decision. But all of a sudden, something altogether unpleasant, unexpected happens to you and your first movement is to react and protest. Yet you have made the offering, you have said once for all: "My life belongs to the Divine", and then suddenly an extremely unpleasant incident happens (that can happen) and there is something in you that reacts, that does not want it. But here, if you want to be truly logical with your offering, you must bring forward this unpleasant incident, make an offering of it to the Divine, telling him very sincerely: "Let Your will be done; if You have decided it that way, it will be that way." And this must be a willing and spontaneous adhesion. So it is very difficult.

Even for the smallest thing, something that is not in keeping with what you expected, what you have worked for, instead of an opposite reaction coming in - spontaneously, irresistibly, you draw back: "No, not that" - if you have made a complete surrender, a total surrender, well, it does not happen like that: you are as quiet, as peaceful, as calm in one case as in the other. And perhaps you had the notion that it would be better if it happened in a certain way, but if it happens differently, you find that this also is all right. You might have, for example, worked very hard to do a certain thing, so that something might happen, you might have given much time, much of your energy, much of your will, and all that not for your own sake, but, say, for the divine work (that is the offering); now suppose that after having taken all this trouble, done all this work, made all these efforts, it all goes just the other way round, it does not succeed. If you are truly surrendered, you say: "It is good, it is all good, it is all right; I did what I could, as well as I could, now it is not my decision, it is the decision of the Divine, I accept entirely what He decides." On the other hand, if you do not have this deep and spontaneous surrender, you tell yourself: "How is it? I took so much trouble to do a thing which is not for a selfish purpose, which is for the Divine Work, and this is the result, it is not successful!" Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, it is like that.

True surrender is a very difficult thing.

~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953, 52,
142:How can one become conscious of Divine Love and an instrument of its expression?
   First, to become conscious of anything whatever, you must will it. And when I say "will it", I don't mean saying one day, "Oh! I would like it very much", then two days later completely forgetting it.
   To will it is a constant, sustained, concentrated aspiration, an almost exclusive occupation of the consciousness. This is the first step. There are many others: a very attentive observation, a very persistent analysis, a very keen discernment of what is pure in the movement and what is not. If you have an imaginative faculty, you may try to imagine and see if your imagination tallies with reality. There are people who believe that it is enough to wake up one day in a particular mood and say, "Ah! How I wish to be conscious of divine Love, how I wish to manifest divine Love...." Note, I don't know how many millions of times one feels within a little stirring up of human instinct and imagines that if one had at one's disposal divine Love, great things could be accomplished, and one says, "I am going to try and find divine Love and we shall see the result." This is the worst possible way. Because, before having even touched the very beginning of realisation you have spoilt the result. You must take up your search with a purity of aspiration and surrender which in themselves are already difficult to acquire. You must have worked much on yourself only to be ready to aspire to this Love. If you look at yourself very sincerely, very straight, you will see that as soon as you begin to think of Love it is always your little inner tumult which starts whirling. All that aspires in you wants certain vibrations. It is almost impossible, without being far advanced on the yogic path, to separate the vital essence, the vital vibration from your conception of Love. What I say is founded on an assiduous experience of human beings. Well, for you, in the state in which you are, as you are, if you had a contact with pure divine Love, it would seem to you colder than ice, or so far-off, so high that you would not be able to breathe; it would be like the mountain-top where you would feel frozen and find it difficult to breathe, so very far would it be from what you normally feel. Divine Love, if not clothed with a psychic or vital vibration, is difficult for a human being to perceive. One can have an impression of grace, of a grace which is something so far, so high, so pure, so impersonal that... yes, one can have the feeling of grace, but it is with difficulty that one feels Love.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951,
143:He continuously reflected on her image and attributes, day and night. His bhakti was such that he could not stop thinking of her. Eventually, he saw her everywhere and in everything. This was his path to illumination.

   He was often asked by people: what is the way to the supreme? His answer was sharp and definite: bhakti yoga. He said time and time again that bhakti yoga is the best sadhana for the Kali Yuga (Dark Age) of the present.

   His bhakti is illustrated by the following statement he made to a disciple:

   To my divine mother I prayed only for pure love.
At her lotus feet I offered a few flowers and I prayed:

   Mother! here is virtue and here is vice;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.
   Mother! here is knowledge and here is ignorance;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.
   Mother! here is purity and impurity;
   Take them both from me.
   Grant me only love, pure love for Thee.

Ramakrishna, like Kabir, was a practical man.
He said: "So long as passions are directed towards the world and its objects, they are enemies. But when they are directed towards a deity, then they become the best of friends to man, for they take him to illumination. The desire for worldly things must be changed into longing for the supreme; the anger which you feel for fellow man must be directed towards the supreme for not manifesting himself to you . . . and so on, with all other emotions. The passions cannot be eradicated, but they can be turned into new directions."

   A disciple once asked him: "How can one conquer the weaknesses within us?" He answered: "When the fruit grows out of the flower, the petals drop off themselves. So when divinity in you increases, the weaknesses of human nature will vanish of their own accord." He emphasized that the aspirant should not give up his practices. "If a single dive into the sea does not bring you a pearl, do not conclude that there are no pearls in the sea. There are countless pearls hidden in the sea.

   So if you fail to merge with the supreme during devotional practices, do not lose heart. Go on patiently with the practices, and in time you will invoke divine grace." It does not matter what form you care to worship. He said: "Many are the names of the supreme and infinite are the forms through which he may be approached. In whatever name and form you choose to worship him, through that he will be realized by you." He indicated the importance of surrender on the path of bhakti when he said:

   ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati, A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya,
   The ultimate invocation, that of Kia, cannot be performed. The paradox is that as Kia has no dualized qualities, there are no attributes by which to invoke it. To give it one quality is merely to deny it another. As an observant dualistic being once said:
   I am that I am not.
   Nevertheless, the magician may need to make some rearrangements or additions to what he is. Metamorphosis may be pursued by seeking that which one is not, and transcending both in mutual annihilation. Alternatively, the process of invocation may be seen as adding to the magician's psyche any elements which are missing. It is true that the mind must be finally surrendered as one enters fully into Chaos, but a complete and balanced psychocosm is more easily surrendered.
   The magical process of shuffling beliefs and desires attendant upon the process of invocation also demonstrates that one's dominant obsessions or personality are quite arbitrary, and hence more easily banished.
   There are many maps of the mind (psychocosms), most of which are inconsistent, contradictory, and based on highly fanciful theories. Many use the symbology of god forms, for all mythology embodies a psychology. A complete mythic pantheon resumes all of man's mental characteristics. Magicians will often use a pagan pantheon of gods as the basis for invoking some particular insight or ability, as these myths provide the most explicit and developed formulation of the particular idea's extant. However it is possible to use almost anything from the archetypes of the collective unconscious to the elemental qualities of alchemy.
   If the magician taps a deep enough level of power, these forms may manifest with sufficient force to convince the mind of the objective existence of the god. Yet the aim of invocation is temporary possession by the god, communication from the god, and manifestation of the god's magical powers, rather than the formation of religious cults.
   The actual method of invocation may be described as a total immersion in the qualities pertaining to the desired form. One invokes in every conceivable way. The magician first programs himself into identity with the god by arranging all his experiences to coincide with its nature. In the most elaborate form of ritual he may surround himself with the sounds, smells, colors, instruments, memories, numbers, symbols, music, and poetry suggestive of the god or quality. Secondly he unites his life force to the god image with which he has united his mind. This is accomplished with techniques from the gnosis. Figure 5 shows some examples of maps of the mind. Following are some suggestions for practical ritual invocation.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
145:10000 :::
   The Only Way Out:

... Once you have no more desires, no more attachments, once you have given up all necessity of receiving a reward from human beings, whoever they are - knowing that the only reward that is worth getting is the one that comes from the Supreme and that never fails - once you give up attachment to all exterior beings and things, you at once feel in your heart this Presence, this Force, this Grace that is always with you. And there is no other remedy. It's the only remedy, for everybody without exception. To all those who suffer, for the same thing that has to be said: all suffering is the sign that the surrender is not total. Then, when you feel in you a 'bang' like that, instead of saying, 'Oh, this is bad' or 'This circumstance is difficult,' you say, 'My surrender is not perfect.' Then it's all right. And then you feel the Grace that helps you and leads you, and you go on. And one day you emerge into that peace that nothing can trouble.
You answer to all the contrary forces, the contrary movements, the attacks, the misunderstandings, the bad wills, with the same smile that comes from full confidence in the Divine Grace. And that is the only way out, there is no other.

But where to get such a strength?

   Within you. The Divine Presence is in you. It is in you. You look for it outside; look inside. It is in you. The Presence is there. You want the appreciation of others to get strength - you will never get it. The strength is in you. If you want, you can aspire for what seems to you the supreme goal, supreme light, supreme knowledge, supreme love. But it is in you - otherwise you would never be able to contact it. If you go deep enough inside you, you will find it there, like a flame that is always burning straight up. And don't believe that it is difficult to do. It is because the look is always turned outside that you don't feel the Presence. But if, instead of looking outside for support, you concentrate and you pray - inside, to the supreme knowledge - to know at each moment what is to be done, the way to do it, and if you give all you are, all you do in order to acquire perfection, you will feel that the support is always there, always guiding, showing the way. And if there is a difficulty, then instead of wanting to fight, you hand it over, hand it over to the supreme wisdom to deal with it - to deal with all the bad wills, all the misunderstandings, all the bad reactions. If you surrender completely, it is no more your concern: it's the concern of the Supreme who takes it up and knows better than anybody else what is to be done. That is the only way out, only way out. There, my child
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III, [T1],
146:What do we understand by the term "chance"? Chance can only be the opposite of order and harmony. There is only one true harmony and that is the supramental - the reign of Truth, the expression of the Divine Law. In the Supermind, therefore, chance has no place. But in the lower Nature the supreme Truth is obscured: hence there is an absence of that divine unity of purpose and action which alone can constitute order. Lacking this unity, the domain of lower Nature is governed by what we may call chance - that is to say, it is a field in which various conflicting forces intermix, having no single definite aim. Whatever arises out of such a rushing together of forces is a result of confusion, dissonance and falsehood - a product of chance. Chance is not merely a conception to cover our ignorance of the causes at work; it is a description of the uncertain mele ́e of the lower Nature which lacks the calm one-pointedness of the divine Truth. The world has forgotten its divine origin and become an arena of egoistic energies; but it is still possible for it to open to the Truth, call it down by its aspiration and bring about a change in the whirl of chance. What men regard as a mechanical sequence of events, owing to their own mental associations, experiences and generalisations, is really manipulated by subtle agencies each of which tries to get its own will done. The world has got so subjected to these undivine agencies that the victory of the Truth cannot be won except by fighting for it. It has no right to it: it has to gain it by disowning the falsehood and the perversion, an important part of which is the facile notion that, since all things owe their final origin to the Divine, all their immediate activities also proceed directly from it. The fact is that here in the lower Nature the Divine is veiled by a cosmic Ignorance and what takes place does not proceed directly from the divine knowledge. That everything is equally the will of God is a very convenient suggestion of the hostile influences which would have the creation stick as tightly as possible to the disorder and ugliness to which it has been reduced. So what is to be done, you ask? Well, call down the Light, open yourselves to the power of Transformation. Innumerable times the divine peace has been given to you and as often you have lost it - because something in you refuses to surrender its petty egoistic routine. If you are not always vigilant, your nature will return to its old unregenerate habits even after it has been filled with the descending Truth. It is the struggle between the old and the new that forms the crux of the Yoga; but if you are bent on being faithful to the supreme Law and Order revealed to you, the parts of your being belonging to the domain of chance will, however slowly, be converted and divinised. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
147:Sri Aurobindo tells us that surrender is the first and absolute condition for doing the yoga. Therefore it is not merely one of the required qualities, it is the very first indispensable attitude for commencing the yoga.

If you are not decided to make a total surrender, you cannot begin. But to make your surrender total, all the other qualities are necessary: sincerity, faith, devotion and aspiration.

And I add another one : endurance. Because if you are not able to face difficulties without getting discouraged, without giving up under the pretext that it is too difficult, if you are not able to receive blows and continue all the same, to "pocket" them, as it is said,—you receive blows because of your defects : you put them into your pocket and continue to march on without faltering; if you cannot do that with endurance, you will not go very far; at the first turning, when you lose sight of the little habitual life, you despair and give up the game.

The most material form of endurance is perseverance. Unless you are resolved to begin the same thing over again a thousand times if needed, you will arrive nowhere.

People come to me in despair : "But I thought it had been done, and I have to begin again !" And if they are told, "But it is nothing, you have to begin probably a hundred times, two hundred times, a thousand times", they lose all courage.

You take one step forward and you believe you are solid, but there will be always something that will bring about the same difficulty a little farther ahead.

You believe you have solved the problem, but will have to solve it again, it will present itself with just a little difference in its appearance, but it will be the same problem.

Thus there are people who have a fine experience and they exclaim, "Now, it is done !" Then things settle down, begin to fade, go behind a veil, and all on a sudden, something quite unexpected, a thing absolutely commonplace, that appears to be of no interest at all, comes before them and closes up the road. Then you lament: "Of what use is this progress that I have made, if I am to begin again !

Why is it so? I made an effort, I succeeded, I arrived at something and now it is as if I had done nothing. It is hopeless". This is because there is still the "I" and this "I" has no endurance.

If you have endurance, you say : "All right, I will begin again and again as long as necessary, a thousand times, ten thousand times, a million times, if necessary, but I will go to the end and nothing can stop me on the way".

That is very necessary.

Now, to sum up, we will put at the head of our list surrender. That is to say, we accept the fact that one must, in order to do the integral yoga, take the resolution of surrendering oneself wholly to the Divine. There is no other way, it is the way. ~ The Mother,
148:on purifying ego and desire :::
   The elimination of all egoistic activity and of its foundation, the egoistic consciousness, is clearly the key to the consummation we desire. And since in the path of works action is the knot we have first to loosen, we must endeavour to loosen it where it is centrally tied, in desire and in ego; for otherwise we shall cut only stray strands and not the heart of our bondage.These are the two knots of our subjection to this ignorant and divided Nature, desire and ego-sense. And of these two desire has its native home in the emotions and sensations and instincts and from there affects thought and volition; ego-sense lives indeed in these movements, but it casts its deep roots also in the thinking mind and its will and it is there that it becomes fully self conscious. These are the twin obscure powers of the obsessing world-wide Ignorance that we have to enlighten and eliminate.
   In the field of action desire takes many forms, but the most powerful of all is the vital selfs craving or seeking after the fruit of our works. The fruit we covet may be a reward of internal pleasure; it may be the accomplishment of some preferred idea or some cherished will or the satisfaction of the egoistic emotions, or else the pride of success of our highest hopes and ambitions. Or it may be an external reward, a recompense entirely material, -wealth, position, honour, victory, good fortune or any other fulfilment of vital or physical desire. But all alike are lures by which egoism holds us. Always these satisfactions delude us with the sense of mastery and the idea of freedom, while really we are harnessed and guided or ridden and whipped by some gross or subtle, some noble or ignoble, figure of the blind Desire that drives the world. Therefore the first rule of action laid down by the Gita is to do the work that should be done without any desire for the fruit, niskama karma. ...
   The test it lays down is an absolute equality of the mind and the heart to all results, to all reactions, to all happenings. If good fortune and ill fortune, if respect and insult, if reputation and obloquy, if victory and defeat, if pleasant event and sorrowful event leave us not only unshaken but untouched, free in the emotions, free in the nervous reactions, free in the mental view, not responding with the least disturbance or vibration in any spot of the nature, then we have the absolute liberation to which the Gita points us, but not otherwise. The tiniest reaction is a proof that the discipline is imperfect and that some part of us accepts ignorance and bondage as its law and clings still to the old nature. Our self-conquest is only partially accomplished; it is still imperfect or unreal in some stretch or part or smallest spot of the ground of our nature. And that little pebble of imperfection may throw down the whole achievement of the Yoga
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, Self-Surrender in Works - The Way of the Gita, [102],
149:An integral Yoga includes as a vital and indispensable element in its total and ultimate aim the conversion of the whole being into a higher spiritual consciousness and a larger divine existence. Our parts of will and action, our parts of knowledge, our thinking being, our emotional being, our being of life, all our self and nature must seek the Divine, enter into the Infinite, unite with the Eternal. But mans present nature is limited, divided, unequal, -- it is easiest for him to concentrate in the strongest part of his being and follow a definite line of progress proper to his nature: only rare individuals have the strength to take a large immediate plunge straight into the sea of the Divine Infinity. Some therefore must choose as a starting-point a concentration in thought or contemplation or the minds one-pointedness to find the eternal reality of the Self in them; others can more easily withdraw into the heart to meet there the Divine, the Eternal: yet others are predominantly dynamic and active; for these it is best to centre themselves in the will and enlarge their being through works. United with the Self and source of all by their surrender of their will into its infinity, guided in their works by the secret Divinity within or surrendered to the Lord of the cosmic action as the master and mover of all their energies of thought, feeling, act, becoming by this enlargement of being selfless and universal, they can reach by works some first fullness of a spiritual status. But the path, whatever its point of starting, must debouch into a vaster dominion; it must proceed in the end through a totality of integrated knowledge, emotion, will of dynamic action, perfection of the being and the entire nature. In the supramental consciousness, on the level of the supramental existence this integration becomes consummate; there knowledge, will, emotion, the perfection of the self and the dynamic nature rise each to its absolute of itself and all to their perfect harmony and fusion with each other, to a divine integrality, a divine perfection. For the supermind is a Truth-Consciousness in which the Divine Reality, fully manifested, no longer works with the instrumentation of the Ignorance; a truth of status of being which is absolute becomes dynamic in a truth of energy and activity of the being which is self-existent and perfect. Every movement there is a movement of the self-aware truth of Divine Being and every part is in entire harmony with the whole. Even the most limited and finite action is in the Truth-Consciousness a movement of the Eternal and Infinite and partakes of the inherent absoluteness and perfection of the Eternal and Infinite. An ascent into the supramental Truth not only raises our spiritual and essential consciousness to that height but brings about a descent of this Light and Truth into all our being and all our parts of nature. All then becomes part of the Divine Truth, an element and means of the supreme union and oneness; this ascent and descent must be therefore an ultimate aim of this Yoga.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Works, The Supermind and the Yoga of Works [279-280],
150:There is no invariable rule of such suffering. It is not the soul that suffers; the Self is calm and equal to all things and the only sorrow of the psychic being is the sorrow of the resistance of Nature to the Divine Will or the resistance of things and people to the call of the True, the Good and the Beautiful. What is affected by suffering is the vital nature and the body. When the soul draws towards the Divine, there may be a resistance in the mind and the common form of that is denial and doubt - which may create mental and vital suffering. There may again be a resistance in the vital nature whose principal character is desire and the attachment to the objects of desire, and if in this field there is conflict between the soul and the vital nature, between the Divine Attraction and the pull of the Ignorance, then obviously there may be much suffering of the mind and vital parts. The physical consciousness also may offer a resistance which is usually that of a fundamental inertia, an obscurity in the very stuff of the physical, an incomprehension, an inability to respond to the higher consciousness, a habit of helplessly responding to the lower mechanically, even when it does not want to do so; both vital and physical suffering may be the consequence. There is moreover the resistance of the Universal Nature which does not want the being to escape from the Ignorance into the Light. This may take the form of a vehement insistence on the continuation of the old movements, waves of them thrown on the mind and vital and body so that old ideas, impulses, desires, feelings, responses continue even after they are thrown out and rejected, and can return like an invading army from outside, until the whole nature, given to the Divine, refuses to admit them. This is the subjective form of the universal resistance, but it may also take an objective form - opposition, calumny, attacks, persecution, misfortunes of many kinds, adverse conditions and circumstances, pain, illness, assaults from men or forces. There too the possibility of suffering is evident. There are two ways to meet all that - first that of the Self, calm, equality, a spirit, a will, a mind, a vital, a physical consciousness that remain resolutely turned towards the Divine and unshaken by all suggestion of doubt, desire, attachment, depression, sorrow, pain, inertia. This is possible when the inner being awakens, when one becomes conscious of the Self, of the inner mind, the inner vital, the inner physical, for that can more easily attune itself to the divine Will, and then there is a division in the being as if there were two beings, one within, calm, strong, equal, unperturbed, a channel of the Divine Consciousness and Force, one without, still encroached on by the lower Nature; but then the disturbances of the latter become something superficial which are no more than an outer ripple, - until these under the inner pressure fade and sink away and the outer being too remains calm, concentrated, unattackable. There is also the way of the psychic, - when the psychic being comes out in its inherent power, its consecration, adoration, love of the Divine, self-giving, surrender and imposes these on the mind, vital and physical consciousness and compels them to turn all their movements Godward. If the psychic is strong and master...
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV, Resistances, Sufferings and Falls, 669,
151:If this is the truth of works, the first thing the sadhaka has to do is to recoil from the egoistic forms of activity and get rid of the sense of an "I" that acts. He has to see and feel that everything happens in him by the plastic conscious or subconscious or sometimes superconscious automatism of his mental and bodily instruments moved by the forces of spiritual, mental, vital and physical Nature. There is a personality on his surface that chooses and wills, submits and struggles, tries to make good in Nature or prevail over Nature, but this personality is itself a construction of Nature and so dominated, driven, determined by her that it cannot be free. It is a formation or expression of the Self in her, - it is a self of Nature rather than a self of Self, his natural and processive, not his spiritual and permanent being, a temporary constructed personality, not the true immortal Person. It is that Person that he must become. He must succeed in being inwardly quiescent, detach himself as the observer from the outer active personality and learn the play of the cosmic forces in him by standing back from all blinding absorption in its turns and movements. Thus calm, detached, a student of himself and a witness of his nature, he realises that he is the individual soul who observes the works of Nature, accepts tranquilly her results and sanctions or withholds his sanction from the impulse to her acts. At present this soul or Purusha is little more than an acquiescent spectator, influencing perhaps the action and development of the being by the pressure of its veiled consciousness, but for the most part delegating its powers or a fragment of them to the outer personality, - in fact to Nature, for this outer self is not lord but subject to her, anı̄sa; but, once unveiled, it can make its sanction or refusal effective, become the master of the action, dictate sovereignly a change of Nature. Even if for a long time, as the result of fixed association and past storage of energy, the habitual movement takes place independent of the Purusha's assent and even if the sanctioned movement is persistently refused by Nature for want of past habit, still he will discover that in the end his assent or refusal prevails, - slowly with much resistance or quickly with a rapid accommodation of her means and tendencies she modifies herself and her workings in the direction indicated by his inner sight or volition. Thus he learns in place of mental control or egoistic will an inner spiritual control which makes him master of the Nature-forces that work in him and not their unconscious instrument or mechanic slave. Above and around him is the Shakti, the universal Mother and from her he can get all his inmost soul needs and wills if only he has a true knowledge of her ways and a true surrender to the divine Will in her. Finally, he becomes aware of that highest dynamic Self within him and within Nature which is the source of all his seeing and knowing, the source of the sanction, the source of the acceptance, the source of the rejection. This is the Lord, the Supreme, the One-in-all, Ishwara-Shakti, of whom his soul is a portion, a being of that Being and a power of that Power. The rest of our progress depends on our knowledge of the ways in which the Lord of works manifests his Will in the world and in us and executes them through the transcendent and universal Shakti. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Supreme Will, 216,
152:It is thus by an integralisation of our divided being that the Divine Shakti in the Yoga will proceed to its object; for liberation, perfection, mastery are dependent on this integralisation, since the little wave on the surface cannot control its own movement, much less have any true control over the vast life around it. The Shakti, the power of the Infinite and the Eternal descends within us, works, breaks up our present psychological formations, shatters every wall, widens, liberates, presents us with always newer and greater powers of vision, ideation, perception and newer and greater life-motives, enlarges and newmodels increasingly the soul and its instruments, confronts us with every imperfection in order to convict and destroy it, opens to a greater perfection, does in a brief period the work of many lives or ages so that new births and new vistas open constantly within us. Expansive in her action, she frees the consciousness from confinement in the body; it can go out in trance or sleep or even waking and enter into worlds or other regions of this world and act there or carry back its experience. It spreads out, feeling the body only as a small part of itself, and begins to contain what before contained it; it achieves the cosmic consciousness and extends itself to be commensurate with the universe. It begins to know inwardly and directly and not merely by external observation and contact the forces at play in the world, feels their movement, distinguishes their functioning and can operate immediately upon them as the scientist operates upon physical forces, accept their action and results in our mind, life, body or reject them or modify, change, reshape, create immense new powers and movements in place of the old small functionings of the nature. We begin to perceive the working of the forces of universal Mind and to know how our thoughts are created by that working, separate from within the truth and falsehood of our perceptions, enlarge their field, extend and illumine their significance, become master of our own minds and active to shape the movements of Mind in the world around us. We begin to perceive the flow and surge of the universal life-forces, detect the origin and law of our feelings, emotions, sensations, passions, are free to accept, reject, new-create, open to wider, rise to higher planes of Life-Power. We begin to perceive too the key to the enigma of Matter, follow the interplay of Mind and Life and Consciousness upon it, discover more and more its instrumental and resultant function and detect ultimately the last secret of Matter as a form not merely of Energy but of involved and arrested or unstably fixed and restricted consciousness and begin to see too the possibility of its liberation and plasticity of response to higher Powers, its possibilities for the conscious and no longer the more than half-inconscient incarnation and self-expression of the Spirit. All this and more becomes more and more possible as the working of the Divine Shakti increases in us and, against much resistance or labour to respond of our obscure consciousness, through much struggle and movement of progress and regression and renewed progress necessitated by the work of intensive transformation of a half-inconscient into a conscious substance, moves to a greater purity, truth, height, range. All depends on the psychic awakening in us, the completeness of our response to her and our growing surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2, 183,
   THE Magical Will is in its essence twofold, for it presupposes a beginning and an end; to will to be a thing is to admit that you are not that thing.
   Hence to will anything but the supreme thing, is to wander still further from it - any will but that to give up the self to the Beloved is Black Magick - yet this surrender is so simple an act that to our complex minds it is the most difficult of all acts; and hence training is necessary. Further, the Self surrendered must not be less than the All-Self; one must not come before the altar of the Most High with an impure or an imperfect offering. As it is written in Liber LXV, "To await Thee is the end, not the beginning."
   This training may lead through all sorts of complications, varying according to the nature of the student, and hence it may be necessary for him at any moment to will all sorts of things which to others might seem unconnected with the goal. Thus it is not "a priori" obvious why a billiard player should need a file.
   Since, then, we may want "anything," let us see to it that our will is strong enough to obtain anything we want without loss of time.
   It is therefore necessary to develop the will to its highest point, even though the last task but one is the total surrender of this will. Partial surrender of an imperfect will is of no account in Magick.
   The will being a lever, a fulcrum is necessary; this fulcrum is the main aspiration of the student to attain. All wills which are not dependent upon this principal will are so many leakages; they are like fat to the athlete.
   The majority of the people in this world are ataxic; they cannot coordinate their mental muscles to make a purposed movement. They have no real will, only a set of wishes, many of which contradict others. The victim wobbles from one to the other (and it is no less wobbling because the movements may occasionally be very violent) and at the end of life the movements cancel each other out. Nothing has been achieved; except the one thing of which the victim is not conscious: the destruction of his own character, the confirming of indecision. Such an one is torn limb from limb by Choronzon.
   How then is the will to be trained? All these wishes, whims, caprices, inclinations, tendencies, appetites, must be detected, examined, judged by the standard of whether they help or hinder the main purpose, and treated accordingly.
   Vigilance and courage are obviously required. I was about to add self-denial, in deference to conventional speech; but how could I call that self-denial which is merely denial of those things which hamper the self? It is not suicide to kill the germs of malaria in one's blood.
   Now there are very great difficulties to be overcome in the training of the mind. Perhaps the greatest is forgetfulness, which is probably the worst form of what the Buddhists call ignorance. Special practices for training the memory may be of some use as a preliminary for persons whose memory is naturally poor. In any case the Magical Record prescribed for Probationers of the A.'.A.'. is useful and necessary.
   Above all the practices of Liber III must be done again and again, for these practices develop not only vigilance but those inhibiting centres in the brain which are, according to some psychologists, the mainspring of the mechanism by which civilized man has raised himself above the savage.
   So far it has been spoken, as it were, in the negative. Aaron's rod has become a serpent, and swallowed the serpents of the other Magicians; it is now necessary to turn it once more into a rod.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, The Wand,
154:All Yoga is a turning of the human mind and the human soul, not yet divine in realisation, but feeling the divine impulse and attraction in it, towards that by which it finds its greater being. Emotionally, the first form which this turning takes must be that of adoration. In ordinary religion this adoration wears the form of external worship and that again develops a most external form of ceremonial worship. This element is ordinarily necessary because the mass of men live in their physical minds, cannot realise anything except by the force of a physical symbol and cannot feel that they are living anything except by the force of a physical action. We might apply here the Tantric gradation of sadhana, which makes the way of the pasu, the herd, the animal or physical being, the lowest stage of its discipline, and say that the purely or predominantly ceremonial adoration is the first step of this lowest part of the way. It is evident that even real religion, - and Yoga is something more than religion, - only begins when this quite outward worship corresponds to something really felt within the mind, some genuine submission, awe or spiritual aspiration, to which it becomes an aid, an outward expression and also a sort of periodical or constant reminder helping to draw back the mind to it from the preoccupations of ordinary life. But so long as it is only an idea of the Godhead to which one renders reverence or homage, we have not yet got to the beginning of Yoga. The aim of Yoga being union, its beginning must always be a seeking after the Divine, a longing after some kind of touch, closeness or possession. When this comes on us, the adoration becomes always primarily an inner worship; we begin to make ourselves a temple of the Divine, our thoughts and feelings a constant prayer of aspiration and seeking, our whole life an external service and worship. It is as this change, this new soul-tendency grows, that the religion of the devotee becomes a Yoga, a growing contact and union. It does not follow that the outward worship will necessarily be dispensed with, but it will increasingly become only a physical expression or outflowing of the inner devotion and adoration, the wave of the soul throwing itself out in speech and symbolic act.
   Adoration, before it turns into an element of the deeper Yoga of devotion, a petal of the flower of love, its homage and self-uplifting to its sun, must bring with it, if it is profound, an increasing consecration of the being to the Divine who is adored. And one element of this consecration must be a self-purifying so as to become fit for the divine contact, or for the entrance of the Divine into the temple of our inner being, or for his selfrevelation in the shrine of the heart. This purifying may be ethical in its character, but it will not be merely the moralist's seeking for the right and blameless action or even, when once we reach the stage of Yoga, an obedience to the law of God as revealed in formal religion; but it will be a throwing away, katharsis, of all that conflicts whether with the idea of the Divine in himself or of the Divine in ourselves. In the former case it becomes in habit of feeling and outer act an imitation of the Divine, in the latter a growing into his likeness in our nature. What inner adoration is to ceremonial worship, this growing into the divine likeness is to the outward ethical life. It culminates in a sort of liberation by likeness to the Divine,1 a liberation from our lower nature and a change into the divine nature.
   Consecration becomes in its fullness a devoting of all our being to the Divine; therefore also of all our thoughts and our works. Here the Yoga takes into itself the essential elements of the Yoga of works and the Yoga of knowledge, but in its own manner and with its own peculiar spirit. It is a sacrifice of life and works to the Divine, but a sacrifice of love more than a tuning of the will to the divine Will. The bhakta offers up his life and all that he is and all that he has and all that he does to the Divine. This surrender may take the ascetic form, as when he leaves the ordinary life of men and devotes his days solely to prayer ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Way of Devotion, 571 [T1],
   What is the exact way of feeling that we belong to the Divine and that the Divine is acting in us?

You must not feel with your head (because you may think so, but that's something vague); you must feel with your sense-feeling. Naturally one begins by wanting it with the mind, because that is the first thing that understands. And then one has an aspiration here (pointing to the heart), with a flame which pushes you to realise it. But if you want it to be truly the thing, well, you must feel it.

   You are doing something, suppose, for example, you are doing exercises, weight-lifting. Now suddenly without your knowing how it happened, suddenly you have the feeling that there is a force infinitely greater than you, greater, more powerful, a force that does the lifting for you. Your body becomes something almost non-existent and there is this Something that lifts. And then you will see; when that happens to you, you will no longer ask how it should be done, you will know. That does happen.

   It depends upon people, depends upon what dominates in their being. Those who think have suddenly the feeling that it is no longer they who think, that there is something which knows much better, sees much more clearly, which is infinitely more luminous, more conscious in them, which organises the thoughts and words; and then they write. But if the experience is complete, it is even no longer they who write, it is that same Thing that takes hold of their hand and makes it write. Well, one knows at that moment that the little physical person is just a tiny insignificant tool trying to remain as quiet as possible in order not to disturb the experience.

   Yes, at no cost must the experience be disturbed. If suddenly you say: "Oh, look, how strange it is!"...

   How can we reach that state?

Aspire for it, want it. Try to be less and less selfish, but not in the sense of becoming nice to other people or forgetting yourself, not that: have less and less the feeling that you are a person, a separate entity, something existing in itself, isolated from the rest.

   And then, above all, above all, it is that inner flame, that aspiration, that need for the light. It is a kind of - how to put it? - luminous enthusiasm that seizes you. It is an irresistible need to melt away, to give oneself, to exist only in the Divine.

   At that moment you have the experience of your aspiration.

   But that moment should be absolutely sincere and as integral as possible; and all this must occur not only in the head, not only here, but must take place everywhere, in all the cells of the body. The consciousness integrally must have this irresistible need.... The thing lasts for some time, then diminishes, gets extinguished. You cannot keep these things for very long. But then it so happens that a moment later or the next day or some time later, suddenly you have the opposite experience. Instead of feeling this ascent, and all that, this is no longer there and you have the feeling of the Descent, the Answer. And nothing but the Answer exists. Nothing but the divine thought, the divine will, the divine energy, the divine action exists any longer. And you too, you are no longer there.

   That is to say, it is the answer to our aspiration. It may happen immediately afterwards - that is very rare but may happen. If you have both simultaneously, then the state is perfect; usually they alternate; they alternate more and more closely until the moment there is a total fusion. Then there is no more distinction. I heard a Sufi mystic, who was besides a great musician, an Indian, saying that for the Sufis there was a state higher than that of adoration and surrender to the Divine, than that of devotion, that this was not the last stage; the last stage of the progress is when there is no longer any distinction; you have no longer this kind of adoration or surrender or consecration; it is a very simple state in which one makes no distinction between the Divine and oneself. They know this. It is even written in their books. It is a commonly known condition in which everything becomes quite simple. There is no longer any difference. There is no longer that kind of ecstatic surrender to "Something" which is beyond you in every way, which you do not understand, which is merely the result of your aspiration, your devotion. There is no difference any longer. When the union is perfect, there is no longer any difference.

   Is this the end of self-progress?

There is never any end to progress - never any end, you can never put a full stop there. ~ The Mother,
156:The Two Paths Of Yoga :::
   14 April 1929 - What are the dangers of Yoga? Is it especially dangerous to the people of the West? Someone has said that Yoga may be suitable for the East, but it has the effect of unbalancing the Western mind.

   Yoga is not more dangerous to the people of the West than to those of the East. Everything depends upon the spirit with which you approach it. Yoga does become dangerous if you want it for your own sake, to serve a personal end. It is not dangerous, on the contrary, it is safety and security itself, if you go to it with a sense of its sacredness, always remembering that the aim is to find the Divine.
   Dangers and difficulties come in when people take up Yoga not for the sake of the Divine, but because they want to acquire power and under the guise of Yoga seek to satisfy some ambition. if you cannot get rid of ambition, do not touch the thing. It is fire that burns.
   There are two paths of Yoga, one of tapasya (discipline), and the other of surrender. The path of tapasya is arduous. Here you rely solely upon yourself, you proceed by your own strength. You ascend and achieve according to the measure of your force. There is always the danger of falling down. And once you fall, you lie broken in the abyss and there is hardly a remedy. The other path, the path of surrender, is safe and sure. It is here, however, that the Western people find their difficulty. They have been taught to fear and avoid all that threatens their personal independence. They have imbibed with their mothers' milk the sense of individuality. And surrender means giving up all that. In other words, you may follow, as Ramakrishna says, either the path of the baby monkey or that of the baby cat. The baby monkey holds to its mother in order to be carried about and it must hold firm, otherwise if it loses its grip, it falls. On the other hand, the baby cat does not hold to its mother, but is held by the mother and has no fear nor responsibility; it has nothing to do but to let the mother hold it and cry ma ma.
   If you take up this path of surrender fully and sincerely, there is no more danger or serious difficulty. The question is to be sincere. If you are not sincere, do not begin Yoga. If you were dealing in human affairs, then you could resort to deception; but in dealing with the Divine there is no possibility of deception anywhere. You can go on the Path safely when you are candid and open to the core and when your only end is to realise and attain the Divine and to be moved by the Divine. There is another danger; it is in connection with the sex impulses. Yoga in its process of purification will lay bare and throw up all hidden impulses and desires in you. And you must learn not to hide things nor leave them aside, you have to face them and conquer and remould them. The first effect of Yoga, however, is to take away the mental control, and the hungers that lie dormant are suddenly set free, they rush up and invade the being. So long as this mental control has not been replaced by the Divine control, there is a period of transition when your sincerity and surrender will be put to the test. The strength of such impulses as those of sex lies usually in the fact that people take too much notice of them; they protest too vehemently and endeavour to control them by coercion, hold them within and sit upon them. But the more you think of a thing and say, "I don't want it, I don't want it", the more you are bound to it. What you should do is to keep the thing away from you, to dissociate from it, take as little notice of it as possible and, even if you happen to think of it, remain indifferent and unconcerned. The impulses and desires that come up by the pressure of Yoga should be faced in a spirit of detachment and serenity, as something foreign to yourself or belonging to the outside world. They should be offered to the Divine, so that the Divine may take them up and transmute them. If you have once opened yourself to the Divine, if the power of the Divine has once come down into you and yet you try to keep to the old forces, you prepare troubles and difficulties and dangers for yourself. You must be vigilant and see that you do not use the Divine as a cloak for the satisfaction of your desires. There are many self-appointed Masters, who do nothing but that. And then when you are off the straight path and when you have a little knowledge and not much power, it happens that you are seized by beings or entities of a certain type, you become blind instruments in their hands and are devoured by them in the end. Wherever there is pretence, there is danger; you cannot deceive God. Do you come to God saying, "I want union with you" and in your heart meaning "I want powers and enjoyments"? Beware! You are heading straight towards the brink of the precipice. And yet it is so easy to avoid all catastrophe. Become like a child, give yourself up to the Mother, let her carry you, and there is no more danger for you.
   This does not mean that you have not to face other kinds of difficulties or that you have not to fight and conquer any obstacles at all. Surrender does not ensure a smooth and unruffled and continuous progression. The reason is that your being is not yet one, nor your surrender absolute and complete. Only a part of you surrenders; and today it is one part and the next day it is another. The whole purpose of the Yoga is to gather all the divergent parts together and forge them into an undivided unity. Till then you cannot hope to be without difficulties - difficulties, for example, like doubt or depression or hesitation. The whole world is full of the poison. You take it in with every breath. If you exchange a few words with an undesirable man or even if such a man merely passes by you, you may catch the contagion from him. It is sufficient for you to come near a place where there is plague in order to be infected with its poison; you need not know at all that it is there. You can lose in a few minutes what it has taken you months to gain. So long as you belong to humanity and so long as you lead the ordinary life, it does not matter much if you mix with the people of the world; but if you want the divine life, you will have to be exceedingly careful about your company and your environment.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931,
157:Intuition And The Value Of Concentration :::
   Mother, how can the faculty of intuition be developed?

   ... There are different kinds of intuition, and we carry these capacities within us. They are always active to some extent but we don't notice them because we don't pay enough attention to what is going on in us. Behind the emotions, deep within the being, in a consciousness seated somewhere near the level of the solar plexus, there is a sort of prescience, a kind of capacity for foresight, but not in the form of ideas: rather in the form of feelings, almost a perception of sensations. For instance, when one is going to decide to do something, there is sometimes a kind of uneasiness or inner refusal, and usually, if one listens to this deeper indication, one realises that it was justified. In other cases there is something that urges, indicates, insists - I am not speaking of impulses, you understand, of all the movements which come from the vital and much lower still - indications which are behind the feelings, which come from the affective part of the being; there too one can receive a fairly sure indication of the thing to be done. These are forms of intuition or of a higher instinct which can be cultivated by observation and also by studying the results. Naturally, it must be done very sincerely, objectively, without prejudice. If one wants to see things in a particular way and at the same time practise this observation, it is all useless. One must do it as if one were looking at what is happening from outside oneself, in someone else. It is one form of intuition and perhaps the first one that usually manifests. There is also another form but that one is much more difficult to observe because for those who are accustomed to think, to act by reason - not by impulse but by reason - to reflect before doing anything, there is an extremely swift process from cause to effect in the half-conscious thought which prevents you from seeing the line, the whole line of reasoning and so you don't think that it is a chain of reasoning, and that is quite deceptive. You have the impression of an intuition but it is not an intuition, it is an extremely rapid subconscious reasoning, which takes up a problem and goes straight to the conclusions. This must not be mistaken for intuition. In the ordinary functioning of the brain, intuition is something which suddenly falls like a drop of light. If one has the faculty, the beginning of a faculty of mental vision, it gives the impression of something coming from outside or above, like a little impact of a drop of light in the brain, absolutely independent of all reasoning. This is perceived more easily when one is able to silence one's mind, hold it still and attentive, arresting its usual functioning, as if the mind were changed into a kind of mirror turned towards a higher faculty in a sustained and silent attention. That too one can learn to do. One must learn to do it, it is a necessary discipline.
   When you have a question to solve, whatever it may be, usually you concentrate your attention here (pointing between the eyebrows), at the centre just above the eyes, the centre of the conscious will. But then if you do that, you cannot be in contact with intuition. You can be in contact with the source of the will, of effort, even of a certain kind of knowledge, but in the outer, almost material field; whereas, if you want to contact the intuition, you must keep this (Mother indicates the forehead) completely immobile. Active thought must be stopped as far as possible and the entire mental faculty must form - at the top of the head and a little further above if possible - a kind of mirror, very quiet, very still, turned upwards, in silent, very concentrated attention. If you succeed, you can - perhaps not immediately - but you can have the perception of the drops of light falling upon the mirror from a still unknown region and expressing themselves as a conscious thought which has no connection with all the rest of your thought since you have been able to keep it silent. That is the real beginning of the intellectual intuition.
   It is a discipline to be followed. For a long time one may try and not succeed, but as soon as one succeeds in making a mirror, still and attentive, one always obtains a result, not necessarily with a precise form of thought but always with the sensations of a light coming from above. And then, if one can receive this light coming from above without entering immediately into a whirl of activity, receive it in calm and silence and let it penetrate deep into the being, then after a while it expresses itself either as a luminous thought or as a very precise indication here (Mother indicates the heart), in this other centre.
   Naturally, first these two faculties must be developed; then, as soon as there is any result, one must observe the result, as I said, and see the connection with what is happening, the consequences: see, observe very attentively what has come in, what may have caused a distortion, what one has added by way of more or less conscious reasoning or the intervention of a lower will, also more or less conscious; and it is by a very deep study - indeed, almost of every moment, in any case daily and very frequent - that one succeeds in developing one's intuition. It takes a long time. It takes a long time and there are ambushes: one can deceive oneself, take for intuitions subconscious wills which try to manifest, indications given by impulses one has refused to receive openly, indeed all sorts of difficulties. One must be prepared for that. But if one persists, one is sure to succeed.
   And there comes a time when one feels a kind of inner guidance, something which is leading one very perceptibly in all that one does. But then, for the guidance to have its maximum power, one must naturally add to it a conscious surrender: one must be sincerely determined to follow the indication given by the higher force. If one does that, then... one saves years of study, one can seize the result extremely rapidly. If one also does that, the result comes very rapidly. But for that, it must be done with sincerity and... a kind of inner spontaneity. If one wants to try without this surrender, one may succeed - as one can also succeed in developing one's personal will and making it into a very considerable power - but that takes a very long time and one meets many obstacles and the result is very precarious; one must be very persistent, obstinate, persevering, and one is sure to succeed, but only after a great labour.
   Make your surrender with a sincere, complete self-giving, and you will go ahead at full speed, you will go much faster - but you must not do this calculatingly, for that spoils everything! (Silence) Moreover, whatever you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of attention and consciousness on one point and can maintain this concentration with a persistent will, nothing can resist it - whatever it may be, from the most material physical development to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that you should always be concentrated on the same thing - that's not what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate.
   And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development, it is absolutely indispensable. And the value of an individual is proportionate to the value of his attention.
   And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important.
   There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it. There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to which the power of concentration is not the key. You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it - it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958,
158:He knows what is best and when and how to do it.

Leave everything entirely to Him.

His is the burden: you have no longer any cares.
All your cares are His.

Such is surrender.
This is bhakti. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 450
159:Accumulating Prostrations

Why Prostrate at All?

Why fling yourself full-length on an often filthy floor, then get up and do it again hundreds of thousands of times?

Prostrations are a very immediate method for taking refuge and one of the best available for destroying pride. They are an outer gesture of surrender to the truth of dharma, and an expression of our intention to give up and expose our pride.

So, as we take refuge, we prostrate to demonstrate our complete surrender by throwing ourselves at the feet of our guru and pressing the five points of our body — forehead, hands and knees — to the floor as many times as we can.

(In the Tibetan tradition there are two ways of doing prostrations: one is the full-length and the other the half-length prostration, and we usually accumulate the full-length version.)

Prostrations are said to bring a number of benefits, such as being reborn with an attractive appearance, or our words carry weight and are valued, or our influence over friends and colleagues is positive, or that we are able to manage those who work for us.

It is said that practitioners who accumulate prostrations will one day keep company with sublime beings and as a result become majestic, wealthy, attain a higher rebirth and eventually attain liberation.

For worldly beings, though, to contemplate all the spiritual benefits of prostrations and the amount of merit they accumulate is not necessarily the most effective way of motivating ourselves. The fact that prostrations are good for our health, on the other hand, is often just the incentive we need to get started.

It’s true, doing prostrations for the sake of taking healthy exercise is a worldly motivation, but not one I would ever discourage.

In these degenerate times, absolutely anything that will inspire you to practise dharma has some value, so please go ahead and start your prostrations for the sake of the exercise. If you do, not only will you save money on your gym membership, you will build up muscle and a great deal of merit.
~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Not for Happiness - A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practises, Shambhala Publications,
160:A bhakta surrenders to God and rests secure in His protection
A jnani knows that there is nothing beside the Self and so remains happy.
One must adhere firmly to either of these courses. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Conscious Immortality, Ch.5.
161:Do you know the meaning of karmayoga? It is to surrender to God the fruit of all action. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
162:The plants and flowers
I raised about my hut
I now surrender
To the will
Of the wind ~ Taigu Ryokan,
163:The modern techniques of brainwashing and menticide—those perversions of psychology—can bring almost any man into submission and surrender. Many of the victims of thought control, brainwashing, and menticide that we have talked about were strong men whose minds and wills were broken and degraded. But although the totalitarians use their knowledge of the mind for vicious and unscrupulous purposes, our democratic society can and must use its knowledge to help man to grow, to guard his freedom, and to understand himself. ~ Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind,

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1:Surrender is hard work. ~ Rick Warren
2:Only pretenders surrender. ~ T F Hodge
3:Cooking is about surrender. ~ Tembi Locke
4:Surrender is a powerful force. ~ P C Cast
5:Try something different. Surrender. ~ Rumi
6:Surrendering means non-desiring. ~ Rajneesh
7:But in surrender you have won. ~ Anne Lamott
8:Never despair. Never surrender. ~ Alan Moore
9:I won’t surrender without a fight ~ V F Mason
10:surrender, and say, “My God, have ~ F B Meyer
11:Never Give up, never surrender. ~ Nancy J Cohen
13:Fate is another word for surrender, ~ Evan Currie
14:all success cloaks a surrender ~ Simone de Beauvoir
15:I will surrender to the moment today. ~ Karan Casey
16:Men do not settle down. Men surrender. ~ Chris Rock
17:surrender to the strident sunshine, it ~ Bobby Adair
18:Love conquers all; let us surrender to Love. ~ Virgil
19:One writes not by will but by surrender. ~ Erica Jong
20:The ultimate act of power is surrender. ~ Krishna Das
21:Doubt is resistance, faith is surrender. ~ Jen Sincero
22:Inner silence is self-surrender. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
23:I shall never surrender or retreat. ~ William B Travis
24:Surrender, and all will be well. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
25:True love is an act of total surrender. ~ Paulo Coelho
26:I surrendered who I was to who you are.. ~ Jeff Buckley
27:simplicity and surrender to the universe. ~ Mitch Albom
28:Surrender, and all will be well. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
29:Surrender, but don’t give yourself away. ~ Rick Nielsen
30:I am consciously surrendering conciousness. ~ Sarah Dunn
31:Never surrender opportunity to security. ~ Branch Rickey
32:To become truly free, you must surrender. ~ John Ortberg
33:You must surrender before you can guide. ~ Robert Jordan
34:My people were divided about surrendering. ~ Chief Joseph
35:I want to rethink surrender as an active verb. ~ Brian Eno
36:Listening to something is an act of surrender. ~ Brian Eno
37:Surrender had played out for good with me. ~ Jesse Jackson
38:Surrender to fear is an invitation to doubt. ~ Dean Koontz
39:You are only a prisoner when you surrender. ~ Tad Williams
40:A man of honor never surrenders his ukulele. ~ Rick Riordan
41:My golf is woeful, but I will never surrender ~ Bing Crosby
42:Only Complete and absolute surrender. ~ Laurie Viera Rigler
43:Remember, Team, surrender the me for the we. ~ Phil Jackson
44:Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence. ~ Rumi
45:I'm a warrior. I don't retreat or surrender. ~ Sheryl Nantus
46:"Inner surrender leads to the highest truth." ~ Zen proverb
47:The great soul surrenders itself to fate. ~ Seneca the Elder
48:But the Dark cannot claim what Light does not surrender. ~ CL
49:I want your surrender, not your resistance. ~ Claire Thompson
50:Struggle is a prerequisite to surrender. ~ Jen Pollock Michel
51:Surrender to a logic more powerful than reason. ~ J G Ballard
52:The ultimate meditation is: surrender to reality. ~ Rajneesh
53:Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity. ~ Marlon Brando
54:Surrender to a logic more powerful than reason. ~ J G Ballard
55:The soul of success is surrendering to what is. ~ Phil Jackson
56:Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth ~ Mahatma Gandhi
57:It is enough that one surrenders oneself. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
58:The Old Guard dies but it never surrenders. ~ Margaret Mitchell
59:Because the act of surrender means: "I trust you. ~ Paulo Coelho
60:Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
61:Don't withdraw, don't surrender, don't give up. ~ Rom o Dallaire
62:It is enough that one surrenders oneself. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
63:Life will never surrender its secrets to a yardstick. ~ Dee Hock
64:Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. ~ Virgil
65:Nothing is meaningful except surrendering to love. Do it. ~ Rumi
66:To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu
67:If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it. ~ Toni Morrison
68:Love rests on two pillars: surrender and autonomy. ~ Esther Perel
69:Surrender to what you know and you'll know more. ~ John de Ruiter
70:All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. ~ Blaise Pascal
71:and how the wholehearted surrender to abide in Him ~ Andrew Murray
72:The poets did not win; the philosophers surrendered. ~ Umberto Eco
73:To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness. ~ Rumi
74:Apollo: A man of honor never surrenders his ukelele. ~ Rick Riordan
75:Dare not surrender to weakness you divine creation! ~ Bryant McGill
76:I would rather die a thousand deaths than surrender. ~ Robert E Lee
77:Self-enquiry and Self-surrender are the same. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
78:There's great peace in surrendering to principles ~ Stefan Molyneux
79:This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender. ~ Pete Seeger
80:To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. ~ Zhuangzi
81:To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu
82:Don't surrender leadership of your life to your moods ~ Robin Sharma
83:I don't suppose you would consider peaceful surrender? ~ Eoin Colfer
84:Love is war. The best tactic in attack is surrender. ~ Chloe Thurlow
85:Surrender yourself to God and be at peace with him. ~ Shri Radhe Maa
86:The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. ~ Vince Lombardi
87:Better to have faith than to surrender to despair. ~ Elisabeth Storrs
88:But the Dark cannot claim what Light does not surrender. ~ C L Wilson
89:Education has to endow you with an eagerness to surrender. ~ Sai Baba
90:I surrender to it, and by surrendering, I control it. ~ Robert Jordan
91:The fastest way to escape temptation is to surrender. ~ Morgan Blayde
92:The third thing Mary does is surrender completely. ~ Timothy J Keller
93:we surrender ourselves, and accept in faith the whole ~ Andrew Murray
94:Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
95:He could not surrender the disaster of loving her. ~ Alexandra Bracken
96:Never surrender, it's all about the faith that you got. ~ Tupac Shakur
97:No matter what, I find that surrendering is essential. ~ Nikki DeLoach
98:Surrender is the only path to supernatural living. ~ Alisa Hope Wagner
99:the harder you work,the harder it is to surrender. ~ Vince Lombardi Jr
100:For how long could we fail until we surrendered? ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
101:Surrender doesn't obstruct power; it enhances it. ~ Marianne Williamson
102:The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
103:“To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders.” ~ Chuang Tzu
104:With tears came solace and surrender, pardon and courage. ~ Andr Aciman
105:You have to surrender to the energy above and below. ~ Shirley MacLaine
106:All our reasoning comes down to surrendering to feeling. ~ Blaise Pascal
107:I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting? ~ Donna Lynn Hope
108:Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender. ~ Richard Paul Evans
109:Rational assessments too often led to rational surrenders. ~ Scott Jurek
110:Sometimes you have to surrender, Karla said, before you win. ~ Anonymous
111:The Divine never forsakes one who has surrendered. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
112:To be defeated and yet not surrender, this is victory. ~ Jozef Pilsudski
113:To surrender to God means to let go and just love. ~ Marianne Williamson
114:with every lie we surrender a little of our peace of mind, ~ Ruskin Bond
115:Engagement is not appeasement. Engagement is not surrender. ~ Chuck Hagel
116:He would not surrender to the disaster of loving her. ~ Alexandra Bracken
117:In a real sense faith is total surrender to God . ~ Martin Luther King Jr
118:I surrender. Sometimes I feel like that's all I do with her. ~ Barry Lyga
119:I would surrender my being to see you whole once more. ~ Khloe Kardashian
120:Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. ~ Jack Kornfield
121:Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
122:Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him. ~ Rick Warren
123:The Divine never forsakes one who has surrendered. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
124:Through surrender, spiritual energy comes into the world. ~ Eckhart Tolle
125:Art is a kind of rapture. Surrender enough, you find truth. ~ Kirsty Eagar
126:Complete surrender, but not total abandonment of awareness. ~ Tan Twan Eng
127:Do not surrender to a situation that nurtures the ego. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik
128:No one can take away your right to fight and never surrender. ~ Corey Hart
129:"Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life." ~ Eckhart Tolle
130:To serve does not mean to surrender but to share. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
131:We don't have to surrender our souls or our compassion. ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
132:Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. ~ Martin Luther King Jr
133:If man surrenders himself to Tao, he identifies himself with Tao. ~ Lao-tse
134:If you don't surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos. ~ E Stanley Jones
135:In the face of a love this vast, a man could only surrender. ~ Lisa Kleypas
136:know the pleasure of total surrender. You’ve fantasized about ~ Roxy Sloane
137:The Confederacy “had surrendered but was never whipped. ~ James M McPherson
138:Coming unto the Lord is not a negotiation, but a surrender. ~ Neal A Maxwell
139:Detailed surrender: a surrender which does not forget anything. ~ The Mother
140:God often calls surrendered people to do battle on his behalf. ~ Rick Warren
141:I want you to willingly surrender yourself to me, in all things. ~ E L James
142:Never surrender to you're passions. Dream and live to excess. ~ Truth Devour
143:Once you surrender to hope, it’s a long road back to reason. ~ Benjamin Wood
144:Silence is complicity. Speak now or surrender your ground. ~ Michelle Malkin
145:Surrender to the deepest level within that you're aware of. ~ John de Ruiter
146:The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. ~ Julia Cameron
147:Those who have invested the most are the last to surrender. ~ Vince Lombardi
148:By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life ~ Huey Newton
149:Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music. ~ Pierce Brosnan
150:Lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love. ~ Osho
151:Most authoritarians do not surrender power voluntarily. ~ Victor Davis Hanson
152:The heart is neither given nor stolen. The heart surrenders. ~ Steven Erikson
153:Do not surrender to a situation that nurtures the ego. The ~ Devdutt Pattanaik
154:He pushed. I yielded. He gave. I took. He captured. I surrendered. ~ Nina Lane
155:If you want to surrender to creativity, surrender to creation. ~ Judith Orloff
156:Intellect has to surrender to instinct when it is time to play. ~ Kenny Werner
157:Surrender is not a Ranger word. Fine. Let the battle begin. ~ Susan May Warren
158:There's no shame in surrender when it's time to stop fighting. ~ Steven Rowley
159:You surrender to love; you do not accomplish love by willpower. ~ Richard Rohr
160:Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the Divine. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
161:A woman who surrenders her freedom need not surrender her dignity. ~ Wally Lamb
162:Perfect surrender: the indispensable condition for identification. ~ The Mother
163:Poverty hides itself in thought before it surrenders to purses. ~ Khalil Gibran
164:Surrender is a journey from the outer turmoil to the inner peace. ~ Sri Chinmoy
165:The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender. ~ William Booth
166:We have to surrender ourselves to the Supreme completely. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
167:Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. ~ Therese of Lisieux
168:Many people surrender what is possible for what is comfortable. ~ Orrin Woodward
169:Surrender and living in the present are one and the same. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi
170:Surrendered people obey God’s word, even if it doesn’t make sense. ~ Rick Warren
171:Surrender is the ultimate technique to merge with existence. ~ Swami Nithyananda
172:A courageous man prefers death to the surrender of self-respect. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
173:Don't surrender to the dying light; don't take it lying down. ~ Christopher Cross
174:God's delight is received upon surrender, not awarded upon conquest. ~ Max Lucado
175:Growth comes from God, to those with surrendered, yielded hearts. ~ Mary E DeMuth
176:Laughter is our soul's way of saying, "I surrender to being human. ~ Holley Gerth
177:Lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love. ~ Rajneesh
178:...only in the surrender of the light could the darkness prevail. ~ David Eddings
179:Praise is a very used, but always new, of surrendering to vanity ~ Jos de Alencar
180:There was as much joy in surrendering free will as exercising it. ~ Daryl Gregory
181:Allah is my witness. I will not be silent. I will never surrender. ~ Anwar Ibrahim
182:I only know that my greatest victories have always been surrenders. ~ Terri Cheney
183:Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender. ~ Paulo Coelho
184:Love is an act of faith in another pesron, not an act of surrender. ~ Paulo Coelho
185:Obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken. ~ Adolf Hitler
186:Sometimes, in India, you have to surrender before you win. ~ Gregory David Roberts
187:Some to the fascination of a name, Surrender judgment hoodwinked. ~ William Cowper
188:The most difficult area to surrender for many people is their money. ~ Rick Warren
189:You must stop these reckless surrenders to your momentary moods. ~ Neal Shusterman
190:I don't want you to dominate me, Sloan. I just want to surrender to you. ~ Amy Daws
191:I have surrendered to God; therefore I surrender to nothing else. ~ E Stanley Jones
192:It amazed him how much sky you surrendered to live in a city. ~ Matthew FitzSimmons
193:Leave it all to the Master. Surrender to Him without reserve. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
194:Surrender to life today. Don't fight anything. Just enjoy the flow. ~ Judith Orloff
195:The biggest choice for me was surrendering the need to understand. ~ Iyanla Vanzant
196:It was as if he’d surrendered a part of himself as a way of coping. ~ Michelle Obama
197:Leave it all to the Master. Surrender to Him without reserve. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
198:At some point, you have to surrender to the kinds of privilege you hold. ~ Roxane Gay
199:Surrender comes when you no longer ask, “Why is this happening to me? ~ Eckhart Tolle
200:Surrender is the best way of opening. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Opening,
201:God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one. ~ Max Lucado
202:Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
203:Surrender comes when you no longer ask, 'Why is this happening to me?' ~ Eckhart Tolle
204:The surrender in it seemed to have cut new lines around his brown eyes. ~ Paula McLain
205:This was our first surrender. First embrace. First kiss. First touch. ~ Laurelin Paige
206:Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace. ~ Aberjhani
207:As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. ~ Max Ehrmann
208:If the surrender is complete, all sense of individuality is lost. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
209:Anyone could reason themselves into a corner, and so justify surrender. ~ Steven Erikson
210:As the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you. ~ Kabir
211:God grant you the strength to fight off the temptations of surrender. ~ Walter Annenberg
212:God’s plans for us are found when we surrender ours and seek His each day. ~ Renee Swope
214:I did not come here for the purpose of surrendering my command. ~ Nathan Bedford Forrest
215:Sacrifice is the surrender of that which you value in favor of which you dont ~ Ayn Rand
216:Surrender is not a weakness, but rather an empowering state of humility. ~ Bryant McGill
217:The Love-god inflames more fiercely those he sees are reluctant to surrender. ~ Tibullus
218:The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it. ~ Felix Morley
219:The West wants unconditional love; failing that, unconditional surrender. ~ Nadeem Aslam
220:But he was surrendered, they had surrendered him, into the power of death. ~ Iris Murdoch
221:On the still calm waters of surrender, the reflections of clarity appear. ~ Bryant McGill
222:She reasoned, she doubted, she surrendered, she connected with others. ~ Timothy J Keller
223:The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region. ~ Orhan Pamuk
224:The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. ~ Ram Dass
225:There is nothing to achieve, there is only surrender to a life of service. ~ Reshad Feild
226:A deep surrender is their source of might, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Secret Knowledge,
227:In the end what you don't surrender, well, the world just strips away. ~ Bruce Springsteen
228:Life gradually becomes a surrender to situations conditioned by technology. ~ Pope Francis
229:On the still calm waters of surrender, the reflections of clarity appears. ~ Bryant McGill
230:Surrender is a perfectly acceptable alternative in extreme circumstances. ~ Leigh Brackett
231:The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. ~ Ram Dass
232:At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender. ~ Winston Churchill
233:Prayer is the way to die to our own wishes and surrender everything to God. ~ Scot McKnight
234:Surrendering isn’t about what you do, but who you’re being as you do it. Your ~ Jen Sincero
235:Surrendering is unimaginably more dangerous than struggling for survival. ~ Leslie Feinberg
236:Surrendering to a Power greater than ourselves is how we become empowered. ~ Melody Beattie
237:Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
238:The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It's when it begins ~ Marianne Williamson
239:To negotiate is only to attempt to dictate the terms of your own surrender. ~ Dexter Palmer
240:When a turbulent mind and wounded heart surrenders to grace, breathing is easy. ~ T F Hodge
241:You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. ~ Confucius
242:Complete self-surrender means that you have no further thought of 'I'. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
243:He watches the ocean surrender to night, knowing that the light will reappear. ~ M L Stedman
244:nations decay from within more often than they surrender to outward assault. ~ Ellen Glasgow
245:Only a soul that has surrendered utterly gives up on notions of redemption. ~ Steven Erikson
246:Sanctification is not by surrender, but by divinely enabled toil and effort. ~ Kevin DeYoung
247:Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
248:Surrender to your own self, of which everything is an expression. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
249:The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins. ~ Marianne Williamson
250:There is too much at stake for us to surrender to the politics of polarization. ~ Brad Henry
251:Doubt is resistance, faith is surrender. Worry is resistance, joy is surrender. ~ Jen Sincero
252:He'd forgotten what it felt like to surrender to the comfort of tranquility. ~ Tananarive Due
253:The art of surrender is the art of getting out of the way of your own growth. ~ Bryant McGill
254:The condition for obtaining God's full blessing is absolute surrender to Him. ~ Andrew Murray
255:After all, a man giving up his Tots is a gesture of surrender in many cultures. ~ Rick Riordan
256:I pity him, that he has been called by age to surrender his strength.” “Old ~ Jonathan Renshaw
257:[I]t's impossible to please God in any other way that wholehearted surrender... ~ Francis Chan
258:That’s not weakness, baby. That’s surrender—and they’re not the same thing at all. ~ S E Jakes
259:For the master, surrender means there are no experts. There are only learners. ~ George Leonard
260:Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to It. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
261:Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
262:I have to admit, in the end, I like to surrender to someone; the person I love. ~ Laura Pausini
263:Living loved is sourced in your quiet daily surrender to the One who made you. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
264:Surrender all thought, emotion, and circumstance to that which is bigger and deeper. ~ Gangaji
265:Surrender your whole being to a note, and gravity disappears...wi th one chord ~ Carlos Santana
266:The art of surrender is the art of getting out of the way of your own growth. ~ Bryant H McGill
267:God or Guru never forsakes the devotee who has surrendered him [her] self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
268:I felt like France. All I wanted to do was raise my arms and shout, “I surrender. ~ Tim Marquitz
269:I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive. ~ Geronimo
270:It is surrendering what we think we know about the Father so we can truly know him. ~ Ted Dekker
271:Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
272:Perhaps it is in our best interest to... to surrender rather than waste words. ~ Victoria Schwab
273:Self-acceptance always precedes genuine self-surrender and self-transformation. ~ David G Benner
274:Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes. ~ Eckhart Tolle
275:Surrender means wisely accommodating ourselves to what is beyond our control. ~ Sylvia Boorstein
276:There is no way for a human being to come to God that does not involve surrender. ~ John Ortberg
277:During labor the most important thing is to get primal and surrender to the process. ~ Ricki Lake
278:first thing they teach you about parenting is that it’s a surrender of control. Okay: ~ Jason Gay
279:Most people surrendered fairy tale hopes in exchange for cookie cutter lives ~ Roy L Pickering Jr
280:Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love. ~ Paulo Coelho
281:The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, suffering, and surrender. ~ Paulo Coelho
282:We must be capable of speaking a language of peace, but not one of surrender. ~ Silvio Berlusconi
283:When you have no idea how to surrender and you're tied up in knots, JUST BREATHE! ~ Judith Orloff
284:Body and spirit, I surrendered whole, To harsh Instructors- and received a soul. ~ Rudyard Kipling
285:I say to the Taliban: surrender the terrorists; or surrender power. It's your choice. ~ Tony Blair
286:It's hard to hold the hand of anyone who is reaching for the sky just to surrender ~ Leonard Cohen
287:Obstacles are real only for those who surrender the obstacles in their minds! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
288:Surrendering to God is not passive resignation, fatalism, or an excuse for laziness. ~ Rick Warren
289:The other day the grass was brown, now its green cuz I ain't give up. Never surrender. ~ DJ Khaled
290:What is the secret of success in sadhana?

   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
291:You can ravish your woman so deeply that her surrender breaks your heart into light. ~ David Deida
292:As always, she had both of us under control when she surrendered her control to me. ~ Sierra Simone
293:By surrendering, you create an energy field of receptivity for the solution to appear. ~ Wayne Dyer
294:Happiness depends on how you accept, understand and surrender to situations. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi
295:If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
296:In my view dictators do not surrender. They have to be well and truly defeated. ~ Margaret Thatcher
297:In return for surrendering to the throw, you are given the gift of flight,’ he said. ~ Tan Twan Eng
298:In the code of the satyagrahi, there is no such thing as surrender to brute force. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
299:Jo Nehr, in Required Surrender, "There is no weakness in being one man’s everything. ~ Riley Murphy
300:My dark, surrendered world was filled with his dominance, and a fine edge of pain. ~ Annabel Joseph
301:Peace comes in situations completely surrendered to the sovereign authority of Christ. ~ Beth Moore
302:Self-control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion. ~ W Somerset Maugham
303:understood who she was, understood that a small surrender didn’t equal a larger one. ~ Nalini Singh
304:Willfulness must give way to willingness and surrender. Mastery must yield to mystery. ~ Gerald May
305:I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle. ~ Sitting Bull
306:Whether one has surrendered or not, one has never been separate from the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
307:If we surrender we’ll get our throats cut anyway. Let’s go out in a blaze of glory. ~ Dorothy Dunnett
308:Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude. ~ Therese of Lisieux
309:Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude. ~ Th r se de Lisieux
310:… let yourself go. Sometimes, in India, you have to surrender before you win. ~ Gregory David Roberts
311:Once we surrender our mind to God completely, He will take care of us in every way. ~ Sathya Sai Baba
312:The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will. ~ James Hudson Taylor
313:The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority. ~ John C Calhoun
314:The true repose is that of a perfect surrender to the Divine.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
315:We have not come here to take prisoners But to surrender ever more deeply To freedom and joy. ~ Hafez
316:What you don't do is surrender. You might retreat occasionally, but you don't give up. ~ Chris Brogan
317:Whether one has surrendered or not, one has never been separate from the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
318:A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts. ~ Douglas Wilson
319:I reach my end, for artless I surrendered to one who is my undoing and my end ~ Gabriel Garc a M rquez
320:I surrender myself, that I might be used in bringing the end of suffering to all ~ Marianne Williamson
321:The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract ... ~ T S Eliot
322:We suffer to get well. We surrender to win. We die to live. We give it away to keep it. ~ Richard Rohr
323:A vast surrender was his only strength
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Adoration of the Divine Mother,
324:Failure is not fatal until we surrender
trying again is the key of glorious victory ~ Muhammad Iqbal
325:Giving up on God and on oneself constitutes simultaneous surrender to the natural man. ~ Neal A Maxwell
326:I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore. ~ Jeremy Lin
327:Perfection in war lies in so sapping your opponents will that he surrenders without fighting. ~ Sun Tzu
328:Redemption is promised at the low price of surrender of your critical faculties. ~ Christopher Hitchens
329:Say a prayer for the pretender, who started out so young and strong only to surrender. ~ Jackson Browne
330:The foolish read to escape reality; the wise surrender to it. ~ Tom Heehler, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus.
331:The inner silence is self-surrender. And that is living without the sense of ego. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
332:The simple intention to surrender control is all you need to experience miracles. ~ Gabrielle Bernstein
333:We stalk the Force like hunters, rather than surrender like prey to its enigmatic whims. ~ James Luceno
334:What can and doesn't have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be. ~ Ivo Andri
335:Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets. ~ Anne Lamott
336:What can and doesn't have to be always, at the end, surrenders to something that has to be. ~ Ivo Andric
337:You have to surrender less when you see a film than when you go and see something live. ~ Cate Blanchett
338:Angel looks down at him and says, “Oh, pretty boy, Can't you show me nothing but surrender? ~ Patti Smith
339:If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
340:Men. You'd rather die fighting than surrender to happiness. You are your own worst enemy. ~ Tiffany Reisz
341:Surrender . . .sacrificing my life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed ~ Rick Warren
342:The divine fact of existing shouldn’t be surrendered to the satanic fact of coexisting. ~ Fernando Pessoa
343:The plants and flowers
I raised about my hut
I now surrender
To the will
Of the wind ~ Ry kan
344:True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. ~ Adyashanti
345:Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders. ~ Oscar Wilde
346:As the light wanes I see what I thought I was anxious to surrender I am only willing to lend ~ Audre Lorde
347:Do you want to experience the lifestyle of a prophet? It begins with intimacy. Surrender to ~ James W Goll
348:Greatness is the courage to overcome obstacles.
   ~ David R Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender,
349:In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
350:The first treasure California began to surrender after the Gold Rush as the oldest: her land. ~ John Jakes
351:Why not simply surrender to one’s doom, since one was so clearly, so spectacularly, doomed? ~ Paul Russell
352:Do work of all kinds with a mind that is void and to the voidness surrender all of the fruits. ~ Buddhadasa
353:If one surrenders to God, there will be no cause for anxiety. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Conscious Immortality,
354:Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
355:Surrender is a state of mind and being that opens the mind and heart to divine revelation. ~ Iyanla Vanzant
356:Surrender unconditionally, even in the absence of evidence, to the truth of the cosmos. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik
357:There is no reality but God , says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings. ~ Rumi
358:To her he would surrender the remnants of himself at the first trumpet blast of destiny. ~ Vladimir Nabokov
359:When I first saw you with your smile so tender, my heart was captured, my soul surrendered. ~ Elvis Presley
361:Without an unreserved surrender to His grace, complete mastery over thought is impossible. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
362:You must surrender and await His pleasure. Then alone will His grace descend. ~ Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
363:I surrender to the serenity of each new day releasing my Dreams into the Universe. ~ @LeeHillerLondon #quote
364:It was only then, when I humbly surrendered, that I was able to do the work I needed to do. ~ Cheryl Strayed
365:I would fight of course. Oh, I would fight. Better destroy everything than surrender her. ~ Vladimir Nabokov
366:My code of life and my personal bushido is honour, respect, loyalty, courage and surrender. ~ Rickson Gracie
367:Remember, truth cannot be conquered. One has to surrender to truth, one has to be conquered by truth. ~ Osho
368:Strength is found in weakness. Control is found in dependency. Power is found in surrender. ~ Dan B Allender
369:The cliffhangers are killer but more then worth it. Surrender can't come out fast enough. ~ Lisa Renee Jones
370:... the kiss, the bodily surrender which would seem natural and but moderately attractive... ~ Marcel Proust
371:The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~ Laozi
372:This expression of abandon and surrender, of absolute trust, he reserved for the master alone. ~ Jack London
373:we recognized that the gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region. ~ Orhan Pamuk
374:When we love the stars light up, the wrong becomes undone. Naturally, my soul surrenders. ~ Carrie Underwood
375:Without an unreserved surrender to His grace, complete mastery over thoughts is impossible. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
376:A painter must never be satisfied with what he sees—painting reality means surrendering to it, ~ Sa a Stani i
377:Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship. ~ Brennan Manning
378:Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
379:Faith is a free surrenderand a joyous wager on the unseen, unknown, untested goodness of God. ~ Martin Luther
380:If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds. ~ Jesse Jackson
381:It is only the fully surrendered heart that can fully trust God for all that He has promised. ~ Andrew Murray
382:Once my solitude was thoroughly proved, I could surrender to the charms of a virile self-pity. ~ Albert Camus
383:The truth can only be seen when you close your eyes to reason and surrender yourself to dreams. ~ Andr Breton
384:When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. ~ Eckhart Tolle
385:Army requests immediate permission to surrender in order to save lives of remaining troops. ~ Friedrich Paulus
386:Celibacy is a great help, inasmuch as it enables one to lead a life of full surrender to God. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
387:Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory! ~ Neal A Maxwell
388:Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
389:Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God. ~ Martin Luther King Jr
390:Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it.
   ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks, 472,
391:My staff was unanimous in believing that Japan was on the point of collapse and surrender. ~ Douglas MacArthur
392:often the rich, the religious, and the self-sufficient know nothing about self-surrender. Jesus ~ Richard Rohr
393:Surrendering the need for an explanation represents a profound act of personal transformation. ~ Caroline Myss
394:There is no pleasure more complex than that of thought and we surrendered ourselves to it. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
395:True love of God means surrender to him, wanting nothing, not even salvation. (FT 216-217) ~ Ramesh S Balsekar
396:Wearing glasses for reading meant surrendering to old age without the least bit of a fight. ~ Andrea Camilleri
397:We must never surrender. America will get better and better. Keep hope alive. Keep hope alive. ~ Jesse Jackson
398:All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can't see. ~ Mark Nepo
399:Every time you call me Master, I love you more." Rene Tanner, Reclaimed Surrender. ~ Riley Murphy
400:God will rule the lives of all those who will surrender themselves without reservation to Him. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
401:It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left? ~ Jim Carrey
402:It’s a continual process of opening and surrender, like taking off layer after layer of clothes, ~ Pema Ch dr n
403:It’s pretty much announcing my surrender to the world, like when men wear sweatpants in public. It ~ Lyla Payne
404:The [tenth] amendment states but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered. ~ Harlan F Stone
405:Discovering a richer quality of being-ness means to keep surrendering and letting go of resistance. ~ Tara Brach
406:Faithfulness to the moment and to the present circumstance entails continuous surrender. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch
407:Healthy surrender means allowing yourself to "be" rather than being in a constant state of want. ~ Bryant McGill
408:His expression seems a sort of surrender: the loss of a thing that he has already lost before. ~ Diana Abu Jaber
409:I did not want to fight. I wanted to surrender, because surrender was the greater part of courage. ~ S Jae Jones
410:Love is the first step towards the divine, surrender is the last. And two steps is the whole journey. ~ Rajneesh
411:Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage ‘Thou art all’ and ‘Thy will be done’. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
412:That's how it goes, my friend. The problem is not falling a captive, it's how to avoid surrender. ~ Naz m Hikmet
413:There is only one relief for great sufferings, and that is to endure and surrender to their compulsion. ~ Seneca
414:Who needs enemies when you've got Republican Surrenderists for Obamacare waiting in the wings? ~ Michelle Malkin
415:Almighty God, I need the rest that You offer. Help me. In the quiet of this night I surrender to You. ~ Anonymous
416:Bending over them with a languorous air of self-surrender, she seemed unusually fond of geraniums. ~ Rebecca West
417:But no one lives
where water and land intercept.

Each demands
the other's surrender. ~ Rodney Gomez
418:Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
419:Do you understand that it's impossible to please God in any way other than wholehearted surrender? ~ Francis Chan
420:Every resistance will be met and conquered until you've soared over the sweet edge of surrender. ~ Gena Showalter
421:Firm and disciplined inherence in the Atman constitutes self-surrender to the Supreme Lord. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
422:Nations that went down fighting rose again, but those who surrendered tamely were finished. ~ Winston S Churchill
423:Pain is temporary. Eventually it will subside. If I quit, however, the surrender stays with me. ~ Lance Armstrong
424:Stop worrying. Everything is going to be good. We don’t want control. Surrender yourself to happiness, ~ T L Swan
425:Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. ~ Eckhart Tolle
426:The deep contemplative thought of the Self, constitutes self-surrender to the Supreme Lord. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
427:The more complete your faith sincerity and surrender the more will grace and protection with you. ~ Sri Aurobindo
428:The wise call by the name 'self-surrender' the offering of oneself to God through devotion. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
429:As before, there is a great silence, with no end in sight. The writer surrenders, listening. ~ Jayne Anne Phillips
430:Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore. ~ Cheryl Strayed
431:Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore. ~ Cheryl Strayed
432:I believe nothing. Belief is intellectual surrender; “faith” a state of willed self-delusion. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
433:Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual. ~ Octavio Paz
434:Miracles are everywhere to be found When I surrender my infinite desires To my immortal aspirations. ~ Sri Chinmoy
435:One must do violence to the object of one's desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater. ~ Marquis de Sade
436:So often, I felt like my hands and heart knew something I did not, and I surrendered the art to them. ~ Amy Harmon
437:Surrender - A Marvellous Filter ~ The Mother via @YouTube #TheMother #SriAurobindo #Surrender
438:The master tools of success are invitation, patience, time, gentleness, cooperation and surrender. ~ Bryant McGill
439:The wise call by the name 'self-surrender' the offering of oneself to God through devotion. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
440:We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence. ~ Remy de Gourmont
441:”All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.” ~ Blaise PascalPhoto Moi. Some tiny olives from Mon Jardin..... 🍸
442:Ask God for the grace to live for Him and continue to live in Him. Right now, surrender it all to Him. ~ T B Joshua
443:It never occurs to one to think whether she is pretty or ugly. One just surrenders to her charm. ~ Fran ois Mauriac
444:light of Spirit God sends it trials of suffering and pain so the gold of the Spirit may manifest. Surrender, ~ Rumi
445:Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing. ~ Eckhart Tolle
446:The French - cheese-eating surrender monkeys. The Germans - schnitzel snarfing stormtrooper spawn. ~ Theodore Beale
447:There is no reality but God,says the completely surrendered sheik, who isan ocean for all beings. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi
448:There is nothing more--nor less-- than trusting in God. Therein surrender, and you will find rest. ~ Michelle Griep
449:The trick is to surrender completely, take your moments when you get them, don’t dare want for more. ~ Elisa Albert
450:To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. ~ Isaac Asimov
451:When God requires us to surrender one dream, it’s because He wants to hand us a bigger and better one. ~ Mandy Hale
452:When you realize you’re fighting a fundamental law of the universe, it’s best to surrender to nature. ~ Dean Koontz
453:Americans Never Quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We Make History.
-John McCain ~ John McCain
454:Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty. ~ Bren Brown
455:Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We. ~ Phil Jackson
456:I am worthy of my healthy, direct relationship with God, and I surrender all my doubt about this. ~ Kathleen McGowan
457:If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably. ~ Oswald Chambers
458:If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
459:It's the great soul that surrenders itself to fate, but a puny degenerate thing that struggles. ~ Seneca the Younger
460:Love is an attempt to penetrate another being, but it can only be realized if the surrender is mutual. ~ Octavio Paz
461:My dear, you must surrender and await His pleasure. Then alone will His grace descend. ~ Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
462:The Cause of civil liberty must not be surrendered at the end of one, or even one hundred defeats. ~ Abraham Lincoln
463:The first path seduces by promise, The second appeals to pride, But the worthy path demands surrender. ~ Caris Roane
464:The more willing you are to surrender to the energy within you, the more power can flow through you. ~ Shakti Gawain
465:They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. ~ A W Tozer
466:You are not ready to accept the fact that you have to give up. A complete and total 'surrender'. ~ U G Krishnamurti
467:As your act of dedication in this world you must finally surrender your own life to a life of service. ~ Reshad Feild
468:breathtaking, adj. Those moments when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word. ~ David Levithan
469:If surrender is complete, all sense of self is lost, and then there can be no misery or sorrow. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
470:It feels really sad, to me, to go to a dark bedroom. It's like surrendering to the night or something. ~ James Franco
471:Mrs. McCauley, my dearest Reb, I do love you! This Yank has surrendered most willingly to the South. ~ Heather Graham
472:Remember, any day not surrendered to the Spirit of God will likely be lived in the flesh (Gal. 5:16–17). ~ Beth Moore
473:The master tools of success are invitation, patience, time, gentleness, cooperation, and surrender. ~ Bryant H McGill
474:The most important surrender is the surrender of your character,your way of being,so that it may change. ~ The Mother
475:The path is long,but self-surrender makes it short;the way is difficult,but perfect trust makes it easy. ~ The Mother
476:Yet the untucked prayers—the prayers of our struggle—prepare the way for surrender, even praise. ~ Jen Pollock Michel
477:All of a sudden, you’re not too proud to ask for help. That’s what it means to surrender to God. ~ Marianne Williamson
478:If God requires us to surrender one dream, it may be because He wants to hand us a bigger and better one. ~ Mandy Hale
479:I used to think the opposite of control was chaos. But it's not. The opposite of control is surrender. ~ Erin Loechner
480:Love is a fire that can nurture or destroy, but you can't tell which until you surrender to the flames. ~ Clara Bayard
481:Our estimates are that none of them will come out alive unless they surrender to us quickly. ~ Mohammed Saeed al Sahaf
482:The attack on "selfishness" is an attack on man's self-esteem; to surrender one, is to surrender the other. ~ Ayn Rand
483:To surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally. It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is. ~ Tolle
484:When you surrender what isn’t under your control, you’re not giving up a crown, you’re giving up a yoke. ~ Brent Weeks
485:Dear God, I surrender this thought to you, for I would see the miracle that lies behind it. Amen. ~ Marianne Williamson
486:If you don't surrender to God, don't think you don't surrender. Everybody surrenders -- to something. ~ E Stanley Jones
487:One always talks of surrendering to nature. There is also such a thing as surrendering to the picture. ~ Pierre Bonnard
488:When I look for happiness, I lose it. When I stop looking, and surrender to where I am, I find it. ~ Barbara De Angelis
489:As I grew older, I found I could surrender my own comfort so effortlessly it didn't qualify as sacrifice. ~ Lori Lansens
490:At the heart of the gospel is a God who deliberately surrenders to the wild, irresistable power of love. ~ Philip Yancey
491:Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. ~ Maya Angelou
492:For us, compromise never means surrender, but a step forward and some rest. That is all and nothing else. ~ Bhagat Singh
493:Surrendering is the free-falling backwards into the unknown and trusting that The Universe will catch you. ~ Jen Sincero
494:the only way you will ever truly be happy is to surrender the fear, choose to be brave and let it go ~ Christie Anderson
495:The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy. ~ The Mother
496:To surrender to callousness or despair in the face of such sorrow was to be revealed as its accomplice. ~ Michael Reaves
497:When I finish a job, I surrender it completely. I have to, because after that, it really is out of my hands. ~ Jodhi May
498:When you surrender what isn’t under your control, you’re not giving up a crown, you’re giving up a yoke. I ~ Brent Weeks
499:Completion comes not from adding another piece to ourselves but from surrendering our ideas of perfection. ~ Mark Epstein
500:Each is liable to panic, which is, exactly, the terror of ignorance surrendered to the imagination. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  361 Integral Yoga
   39 Poetry
   21 Occultism
   15 Christianity
   11 Philosophy
   8 Yoga
   6 Psychology
   6 Mysticism
   3 Science
   3 Fiction
   3 Education
   2 Integral Theory
   1 Zen
   1 Theosophy
   1 Taoism
   1 Mythology
   1 Hinduism
   1 Alchemy

  246 The Mother
  194 Sri Aurobindo
  125 Satprem
   33 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   12 Aleister Crowley
   11 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   10 A B Purani
   7 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   6 Sri Ramakrishna
   6 Rabindranath Tagore
   5 Rudolf Steiner
   5 Nirodbaran
   5 Jalaluddin Rumi
   4 Saint Teresa of Avila
   4 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   4 Carl Jung
   3 William Wordsworth
   3 Walt Whitman
   3 Swami Vivekananda
   3 Swami Krishnananda
   3 Saint John of Climacus
   3 James George Frazer
   2 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   2 Peter J Carroll
   2 Patanjali
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 John Keats
   2 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   2 Jean Gebser
   2 H P Lovecraft
   2 George Van Vrekhem
   2 Friedrich Schiller

   32 Letters On Yoga II
   31 Prayers And Meditations
   26 Letters On Yoga IV
   21 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   16 Letters On Yoga III
   15 Questions And Answers 1956
   15 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
   14 Words Of The Mother II
   14 Agenda Vol 01
   13 Agenda Vol 13
   12 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   12 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
   12 Questions And Answers 1929-1931
   12 Agenda Vol 08
   11 Essays On The Gita
   11 Agenda Vol 11
   11 Agenda Vol 09
   11 Agenda Vol 07
   10 Talks
   10 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   10 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   9 The Life Divine
   9 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   9 Record of Yoga
   9 Agenda Vol 10
   9 Agenda Vol 04
   9 Agenda Vol 03
   8 Some Answers From The Mother
   8 Agenda Vol 12
   7 Savitri
   7 Questions And Answers 1955
   7 Questions And Answers 1954
   7 Hymn of the Universe
   7 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   7 Agenda Vol 06
   7 Agenda Vol 02
   6 Tagore - Poems
   6 Questions And Answers 1953
   6 Liber ABA
   6 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   5 Words Of The Mother III
   5 Words Of Long Ago
   5 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
   5 The Secret Of The Veda
   5 Magick Without Tears
   5 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   4 The Way of Perfection
   4 The Secret Doctrine
   4 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   4 Letters On Yoga I
   4 Essays Divine And Human
   4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   4 City of God
   3 Wordsworth - Poems
   3 Whitman - Poems
   3 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   3 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   3 The Golden Bough
   3 On Education
   3 Let Me Explain
   3 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 06
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   3 Collected Poems
   2 Words Of The Mother I
   2 The Integral Yoga
   2 The Ever-Present Origin
   2 The Divine Comedy
   2 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
   2 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   2 Schiller - Poems
   2 Rumi - Poems
   2 Preparing for the Miraculous
   2 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
   2 Lovecraft - Poems
   2 Liber Null
   2 Labyrinths
   2 Keats - Poems
   2 Amrita Gita
   2 5.1.01 - Ilion

0.02 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  ideas of things and your reactions.
  The remedy: surrender all that to “Sweet Mother” completely and definitively.
  With my loving solicitude and my blessings.

0.05 - The Synthesis of the Systems, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  In psychological fact this method translates itself into the progressive surrender of the ego with its whole field and all its apparatus to the Beyond-ego with its vast and incalculable but always inevitable workings. Certainly, this is no short cut or easy sadhana. It requires a colossal faith, an absolute courage and above all an unflinching patience. For it implies three stages of which only the last can be wholly blissful or rapid, - the attempt of the ego to enter into contact with the Divine, the wide, full and therefore laborious preparation of the whole lower Nature by the divine working to receive and become the higher Nature, and the eventual transformation. In fact, however, the divine
  Strength, often unobserved and behind the veil, substitutes itself for our weakness and supports us through all our failings of faith, courage and patience. It "makes the blind to see and the lame to stride over the hills." The intellect becomes aware of a Law that beneficently insists and a succour that upholds; the heart speaks of a Master of all things and Friend of man or a universal Mother who upholds through all stumblings. Therefore this path is at once the most difficult imaginable and yet, in comparison with the magnitude of its effort and object, the most easy and sure of all.

0.06 - Letters to a Young Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  the other is to fling oneself in His arms, to nestle there as a child
  nestles in its mother’s arms, with a complete surrender; and of
  the two the latter seems to me the easier.
  what the Divine wants of me.
  Yes, and as soon as the ego surrenders and abdicates, this fear
  disappears giving place to the calm assurance that nothing is

0.07 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  To talk of surrender is easy, very easy indeed. To think of
   surrender in all its complexity is not so easy, it is not so

0.08 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But before eliminating the will of the ego, which takes a very
  long time, one can begin by surrendering the will of the ego to the
  Divine Will at every opportunity and finally in a constant way.

01.01 - The One Thing Needful, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Sadhana must be the main thing and sadhana means the purification of the nature, the consecration of the being, the opening of the psychic and the inner mind and vital, the contact and presence of the Divine, the realisation of the Divine in all things, surrender, devotion, the widening of the consciousness into the cosmic Consciousness, the Self one in all, the psychic and the spiritual transformation of the nature.

01.04 - The Secret Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  They are keepers of the immutable decree.
  A deep surrender is their source of might,
  A still identity their way to know,
  He is carried by her from Night to deathless Light.
  This grand surrender is his free-will's gift,
  His pure transcendent force submits to hers.

01.05 - The Yoga of the King The Yoga of the Spirits Freedom and Greatness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    Her dangerous moods and arbitrary force
    She surrendered to the service of the soul
    And the control of a spiritual will.

0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Sweet Mother,
  Sri Aurobindo has said somewhere that if we surrender to the Divine Grace, it will do everything for us.
  Then what is the value of tapasya?
  intelligence more supple:
  “If there is not a complete surrender, then it is not possible to adopt the baby cat attitude, — it becomes mere tamasic
  passivity calling itself surrender. If a complete surrender is not
  possible in the beginning, it follows that personal effort is necessary.”17
  is a spiritual truth as the basis of life, the first words of which
  are surrender and union with the Divine and the transcendence
  of ego. So long as that basis is not established, a sadhak is only
  may be collective or individual, but the principle is the same
  — and so is the remedy: to cultivate in oneself order and harmony, peace and equilibrium by surrendering unreservedly to
  the Divine Will.

0.11 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Transformation demands a very high degree of aspiration, surrender and receptivity, doesn’t it?
  Transformation demands a total and integral consecration. But
  one must, while on earth, pass through the vital, which in some
  of its parts is a veritable hell. But those who have surrendered
  to the Divine and been adopted by Him are surrounded by the

0.13 - Letters to a Student, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  It means to become conscious of the Divine Presence in oneself or on the spiritual heights, and, once one is conscious of
  His Presence, to surrender to Him completely so that one no

0.14 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Human consciousness is so corrupted that men prefer the miseries of the ego and its ignorance to the luminous joy that comes
  from a sincere surrender to the Divine. So great is their blindness
  that they refuse even to try the experiment and would rather be
  one knows.
  (3) To find the Divine and surrender more and more to his
  To learn to understand and do more and more things. To
  purify oneself of all that prevents one from being totally surrendered to the Divine. To make one’s consciousness more and
  more receptive to the Divine Influence.
  One could say: to widen oneself more and more, to deepen
  oneself more and more, to surrender oneself more and more

02.01 - A Vedic Story, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Sacrifice consists essentially in lighting the fire and pouring fuelofferingsinto it so that it may burn always and brighter and brighter. It calls the gods, also, it is said, ascends to them, brings them down here to live among men, in men. It lifts men from the ordinary life and consciousness, takes them to the abode of the gods. In other words its function is to bring down and infuse into the human vessel the godly consciousness and delight and power. Its purpose is to divinise human life. Through the sacrifice man offers his present possessions, his body and life and mind to the Deity and deities and by this surrender and submission constant and unfailing (namas) he awakens the Divine in him the Agni that is to lead him to the divine consummation.

02.01 - Metaphysical Thought and the Supreme Truth, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It is not by "thinking out" the entire reality, but by a change of consciousness that one can pass from the ignorance to the
  Knowledge - the Knowledge by which we become what we know. To pass from the external to a direct and intimate inner consciousness; to widen consciousness out of the limits of the ego and the body; to heighten it by an inner will and aspiration and opening to the Light till it passes in its ascent beyond Mind; to bring down a descent of the supramental Divine through selfgiving and surrender with a consequent transformation of mind, life and body - this is the integral way to the Truth.1 It is this that we call the Truth here and aim at in our Yoga.

02.11 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Her simple vast supremacy confess,
  Dare to surrender to her absolute.
  Then the Unmanifest reflects his form

02.12 - The Heavens of the Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Unseen, unguessed by the blind suffering world,
  Climbing from Nature's deep surrendered heart
  It blooms for ever at the feet of God,

02.14 - The World-Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A cry of adoration and desire
  And the surrender of his boundless mind
  And the self-giving of his silent heart.

03.02 - The Adoration of the Divine Mother, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And the hushed heart hears the unuttered Word.
  A vast surrender was his only strength.
  A Power that lives upon the heights must act,

05.01 - Of Love and Aspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The human self must yield, surrender and dissolve itself into the Divine self.

05.02 - Of the Divine and its Help, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   It is the Divine alone that is capable of immediate and absolute surrender.

05.07 - Man and Superman, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Even so mankind, at the crucial parting of the ways, would very naturally look askance at the diminished value of many of its qualities and attri butes in the new status to come. First of all, as it has been pointed out, the intellect and reasoning power will have to surrender and abdicate. The very power by which man has attained his present high status and maintains it in the world has to be sacrificed for something else called intuition or revelation whose value and efficacy are unknown and have to be rigorously tested. Anyhow, is not the known devil by far and large preferable to the unknown entity? And then the zest of life, peculiar to man, that works through contradictionsdelight and suffering, victory and defeat, war and peace, doubt and knowledge, all the play of light and shade, the spirit of adventure, of combat and struggle and heroic effort, will have to go and give place to something, peaceful and harmonious perhaps but monotonous, insipid, unprogressive. The very character of human life is its passion to battle through, even if it is not always through. For it is often said that the end or goal does not matter, the goal is always something uncertain; it is the way, the means, the immediate action that is of supreme consequence: for it is that that tests man's manhood, gives him the value he may have. And above all man is asked to give up the very thing which he has laboured to build up through millenniums of his terrestrial life, his individuality, his personality, for the demand is that he must lose his ego in order to attain the superhuman status.

05.24 - Process of Purification, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   There are three well-marked stages in the process of the purification of nature and surrender to the Divine. When one has made up one's mind finally to take to the path of spiritual life and to turn one's back on the life of ignorant nature, one enters at the outset into a phase of divided consciousness and life. It is the stage when one cries, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." One feels an inner aspiration and devotion and even freedom and purity and wider consciousness, but actually in the practical world, he follows the old nature, acts under the pressure of Ignorance and the Ripus. You are a mundane man with profane habitsand yet within, when aloof, you are in contact with the deeper and larger breath of the Spirit. The next stage is one of external control and of modification of behaviour. You have the inner consciousness of the spirit grown strong in you and you are no longer a helpless prey to the physical outbursts of inferior nature: a kind of brake has been put upon the outgoing passions. Still at this stage the surges of passion are there within, inside the wall of control, as it were. The pressure and demand of the Spirit has brought about a deadlock in the ignorant movements of the outer nature, although the physico-vital and vital support behind has not been wholly purified and continues in its old way, expressing itself in veiled and sublimated acts and in dreams and imaginations. The vital support even when it does not express itself in grosser physical movements, even when it is self-contained, yet maintains its old taste for them. Finally, when this taste even goes away (that is the suggestion in the beautiful and luminous phrase of the Gita, rasavaljam), then only one rises into the integral and unadulterated life of the Spirit. Till that final consummation happens, the period of interregnum is a great occasion for training and experience. It is of considerable interest also from the standpoint of occult knowledge.

06.30 - Sweet Holy Tears, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The tears that the soul sheds are holy, are sweet; they come bidden by the Divine and are blessed by His Presence. They are like the dew from heaven. For they are pure, they are spontaneous, welling out of a heart of innocent freedom. The feeling is infinitely impersonal, completely egoless: there is only an intense movement of self-giving, total simple self-giving. Tears are the natural expression in one who needs help, who has the complete surrender and simplicity of a child, the abdication of all vanity. Such tears are beautiful in their nature and beneficent in character. They are therefore like dewdrops that belong to heaven as it were and come from there with a sovereign healing virtue. Such tears are not idle tears, as the English poet says in a vein of melancholy, they are instinct with a power, an effective energy which brings you relief, ease and peace. And it is not only pure but purifying, this feeling made of quiet intensity and aspiration and surrender: it is unmixed, free from any demand or need of reward or return; it is so impersonal that the aspiration is, so to say, even independent of the object for which it exists.
   The Feast is that of Transformation, the Divine Life on earth. Man is not capable of it naturally, cannot attain it by his own effort or personal worth. It is the Divine who is to bring it down Himself. He is to manifest Himself and thus establish His own life here below. Then only will it be possible for the human creature to open to the urgency of the new beauty and offer his surrender.

07.05 - The Finding of the Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  All was abolished save her naked self
  And the prostrate yearning of her surrendered heart:
  There was no strength in her, no pride of force;

07.13 - Divine Justice, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   To judge by appearances, by apparent success is an act of complete ignorance. Even in the case of a person hardened to the core, who has apparently the utmost success, there is a counterpart: exactly this hardening, this evil that is put up thicker and thicker between the outer consciousness and the inner truth becomes also more and more unbearable. The outer success has to be paid for very dearly. One must be very great, very pure, one must have a very high, very unselfish spiritual consciousness to be able to succeed and yet not be affected. There is nothing so difficult to bear than success. That is the true test in life. When you are not successful, you turn very naturally to yourself, go within you, seek there comfort for the outer failure. And they who have the Flame within them and the Divine helping them truly, that is to say, if they are mature enough to get the help, if they are ready to follow the path, must expect blows coming upon them one after another, because that helps. Indeed that is the most powerful, most direct and most effective help. But if you have 'Success, take care! Ask yourself, at what price you have had it? What is the thing you have paid for the success? Of course, there are people of a different kind. They who have gone beyond, who are conscious of their soul, who are entirely surrender they can succeed and success does not touch them. But one has to rise very high to be able to shoulder the burden of success. It is perhaps the last and final test that the Divine puts to anyone. He says: Now that you are noble and high and unselfish, you belong to Me alone. I shall make you triumph. We shall see if you can bear the blow!

07.25 - Prayer and Aspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Meditation and Meditation Offering and surrender
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part SevenPrayer and Aspiration
   Meditation and Meditation Offering and surrender

07.26 - Offering and Surrender, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.26 - Offering and surrender
  author class:Nolini Kanta Gupta
   Prayer and Aspiration Equality of the Body Equality of the Soul
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part SevenOffering and surrender
   Offering and surrender
   They are not quite the same thing: they are rather two aspects of the same thing. They do not belong altogether to the same level of consciousness. For example, you have resolved to make an offering of your life to the Divine. All on a sudden there happens a very unpleasant thing: you did not expect it. Your first movement is to react and protest. And yet you have made the offering; but something in you turns. If you are, however, consistent in your offering, you will hold the protesting part in your hands and place it before the Divine and say, let thy will be done. In surrender, on the other hand, there is a natural, spontaneous, unprotesting adhesion. Even if there happens something unpleasant or contrary to your expectations, you are equally unperturbed and tranquil.
   In the beginning you make a general surrender or submission, in principle, as it were: it is in your inner being. It must be brought forth gradually in the outer being, carried out in all the details of life. That is how difficulties arise. You have made your offering, you say, even you have worked at it for a long time, worked hard, given much time and much will; suddenly you find, upsetting your calculations, something different happening, you have not succeeded in something. So there is a revolt, a turning back and so on. But what you have to do is to renew your offering, reaffirm your adhesion. When the adhesion is complete, when there is the spontaneous acceptance of the Divine Will in everything, in every manner of happening, then comes the surrender, the perfect obedience which is calm, tranquil, at peace in either case, whether things happen in this way or that.

07.27 - Equality of the Body, Equality of the Soul, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Offering and surrender Personal Effort and Will
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   Offering and surrender Personal Effort and Will

07.28 - Personal Effort and Will, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Supposing under given circumstances a work has come upon you. Take an artist, for example, a painter. He has an inspiration and has decided to do a painting. He knows very well that if he has not the inspiration he will not be able to do anything good, the painting would be nothing more than a daub. If he were simply passive, with neither effort nor will, he would tell the Divine: Here I leave the palette, the brush and the canvas, you will do the painting now. But the Divine does not act in that way. The painter himself must arrange everything, concentrate upon his subject, put all his will upon a perfect execution. On the other hand, if he has not the inspiration, he may take all the trouble and yet the result be nothing more than a work like other thousands of examples. You must feel what your painting is to express and know or find out how to express it. A great painter often gets a very exact vision of the painting he is to do. He has the vision and he sets himself to work out the vision. He labours day by day, with a will and consciousness, to reproduce as exactly as possible what he sees clearly with his inner sight. He works for the Divine; his surrender is active and dynamic. For the poet too it is the same thing. Anyone who wants to do something for the Divine, it is the same.

08.17 - Psychological Perfection, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   There is a flower to which we have given this name. It is the familiar Champa. The flower has five petals. Each petal represents a quality or movement of consciousness, the five qualities or movements making up the psychological perfection. In the beginning I named them(l) surrender, (2) Sincerity, (3) Faith, (4) Devotion and (5) Aspiration. Of course the meaning can be changed. In fact, when I give the flower to someone, I do not always mean the same qualities. I change according to the need of the person and at the moment. However, we can have all the same a general scheme. In any case, in all combinations and to whomsoever I may give, the first among the qualities is and must always be Sincerity. For, if sincerity is not there, one cannot move even half a step. So sincerity is the first thing necessary and should be always there.
   We have left out one very important factor surrender. Now Sri Aurobindo says that surrender is the first and absolute condition for doing Yoga. Without it there is no Yoga. So we can say that it is not one of the qualities required, but that it is the primary indispensable attitude for one to be able to begin Yoga. If you have not decided to surrender you cannot start on the path. But to make this surrender total and complete all the Five that we have enumerated are needed. This is then what I propose. We put surrender on the top, at the head; for to do the integral Yoga, one must first of all take the resolution to surrender entirely to the Divine, there is no other way that is the one way. Afterwards, one must have the five psychological perfections.


--- Overview of noun surrender

The noun surrender has 4 senses (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (1) resignation, surrender ::: (acceptance of despair)
2. (1) giving up, yielding, surrender ::: (a verbal act of admitting defeat)
3. surrender ::: (the delivery of a principal into lawful custody)
4. capitulation, fall, surrender ::: (the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort")

--- Overview of verb surrender

The verb surrender has 2 senses (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (5) surrender, give up ::: (give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another; "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered")
2. (2) surrender, cede, deliver, give up ::: (relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in")

--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun surrender

4 senses of surrender                        

Sense 1
resignation, surrender
   => despair
     => feeling
       => state
         => attribute
           => abstraction, abstract entity
             => entity

Sense 2
giving up, yielding, surrender
   => relinquishment, relinquishing
     => renunciation, renouncement
       => resignation
         => speech act
           => act, deed, human action, human activity
             => event
               => psychological feature
                 => abstraction, abstract entity
                   => entity

Sense 3
   => delivery, livery, legal transfer
     => conveyance, conveyance of title, conveyancing, conveying
       => transfer, transference
         => transaction, dealing, dealings
           => group action
             => act, deed, human action, human activity
               => event
                 => psychological feature
                   => abstraction, abstract entity
                     => entity
             => event
               => psychological feature
                 => abstraction, abstract entity
                   => entity

Sense 4
capitulation, fall, surrender
   => loss
     => failure
       => nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
         => act, deed, human action, human activity
           => event
             => psychological feature
               => abstraction, abstract entity
                 => entity

--- Hyponyms of noun surrender

2 of 4 senses of surrender                      

Sense 1
resignation, surrender
   => defeatism

Sense 3
   => extradition

--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun surrender

4 senses of surrender                        

Sense 1
resignation, surrender
   => despair

Sense 2
giving up, yielding, surrender
   => relinquishment, relinquishing

Sense 3
   => delivery, livery, legal transfer

Sense 4
capitulation, fall, surrender
   => loss

--- Coordinate Terms (sisters) of noun surrender

4 senses of surrender                        

Sense 1
resignation, surrender
  -> despair
   => hopelessness
   => resignation, surrender
   => discouragement, disheartenment, dismay
   => pessimism

Sense 2
giving up, yielding, surrender
  -> relinquishment, relinquishing
   => giving up, yielding, surrender

Sense 3
  -> delivery, livery, legal transfer
   => surrender
   => bailment

Sense 4
capitulation, fall, surrender
  -> loss
   => default
   => capitulation, fall, surrender

--- Grep of noun surrender
cash surrender value

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