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Six Symptoms Of Surrender


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Six Symptoms Of Surrender

  1. 1. Six Symptoms of Surrender
  2. 2. Acceptance of those things favorable to devotional service
  3. 3. The devotee has to accept everything that is favorable for the service to the Lord.
  4. 4. Prasadam Offer food to God [Krishna] before eating yourself Nama-Japa Perform Mantra Meditation (japa) DAILY Satsanga Have association of spiritually minded people Adhyayan Undertake study of Scriptures DAILY Things favorable for Krishna consciousness
  5. 5. On one side a person should cultivate Krishna consciousness, and on the other he should try to give up all his bad habits. Both sides must be there if he wants to advance. Srila Prabhupada explains …
  6. 6. Just like, when a person is diseased the doctor prescribes some medicine, and at the same time he instructs the patient in what to eat and what not to eat. That is the proper way of treatment.
  7. 7. It is not that the patient can eat whatever he likes and if he simply takes the medicine he will be cured.
  8. 8. Similarly, it is nonsense to think that you can do whatever you like and if you simply chant Hare Krishna you will become spiritually advanced.
  9. 9. We have to practice tapasya by voluntarily accepting a little inconvenience, in which we voluntarily give up things we may like and accept things we may not like.
  10. 10. Rejection of unfavorable things
  11. 11. Non - Veg. Intoxication Gambling Illicit Sex Meat Eggs Sea Food Fish Extramarital Sex Vulgar talks Obscene Films Alcohol Paan/Masala Tobacco Drugs Tea/Coffee Horse Race Lotteries Casino Stock Market Speculation Quick Buck Business Things unfavorable for Krishna consciousness
  12. 12. A devotee must reject everything unfavorable to spiritual progress. This is also called renunciation.
  13. 13. Interviewer: Srila Prabhupada, what does it mean practically to surrender unto Krishna?
  14. 14. Prabhupäda Yes. Surrender to Krishna means you have to accept things which is favorable for Krishna consciousness.
  15. 15. Just like we restrict our students, no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat- eating, no intoxication. If you surrender to this process, that is surrender to Krishna. Is it clear?
  16. 16. Just like a diseased patient, if he wants to enjoy life in his own whimsical way, he’ll continue his disease. But if he accepts the modes of life according to the directions of the physician, then he becomes free from disease.
  17. 17. Conviction that Krishna will give protection
  18. 18. A devotee must be firmly convinced that Krishna will give him protection. No one else can actually give one protection.
  19. 19. When Prahlada Maharaja offered prayers to Narasimhadeva, he said :
  20. 20. “My dear Lord, one should not think that because a child has a father and mother he has full protection.”
  21. 21. “If Krishna did not protect a child, the child can not be protected, even if he were to have thousands of fathers and mothers.
  22. 22. “It is not that a good physician or good medicine can protect one from disease.”
  23. 23. Suppose a rich man is suffering from some disease and he hires a first-class physician and takes first-class medicine. Does it mean that his life is guaranteed?
  24. 24. Despite good medical treatment and a good supply of medicine he may die. No !
  25. 25. Srila Prabhupada explains …
  26. 26. There may be many expert physicians treating a diseased man, but that is no guarantee that he will live. If Krishna so wills, a person will die despite the best physicians and medicines.
  27. 27. On the other hand, if Krishna is protecting us, we will survive even without medical treatment.
  28. 28. Prahalada continues …
  29. 29. “One may have a good ship, but this does not guarantee that he will not drown in the ocean”. T I T A N I C
  30. 30. “If You do not protect it may drown at any moment”.
  31. 31. Srila Prabhupada explains …
  32. 32. Nature offers so many difficulties, and although scientists may try to invent something to check these difficulties in the struggle for existence…
  33. 33. …unless Krishna gives one protection one’s inventions will be of no use.
  34. 34. Acceptance of the Lord as one’s guardian or master Feel exclusively dependent on the mercy of the Lord
  35. 35. The devotee must accept Krishna as his supreme maintainer and master. He must depend on Krishna only, considering Him the only protector.
  36. 36. The devotee must be firmly convinced that within the three worlds he has no protector or maintainer other than Krishna.
  37. 37. When one is fully surrendered to Krishna, he becomes happy, knowing that regardless of the situation, Krishna will protect him.
  38. 38. He is just like a child who is fully surrendered to his mother, confident that, she is there to protect him.
  39. 39. Full self-surrender Have no interest separate from the interest of the Lord
  40. 40. Self surrender means remembering that one’s activities and desires are not independent.
  41. 41. The devotee is completely dependent on Krishna, and he acts and thinks as Krishna desires.
  42. 42. The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Pärtha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction
  43. 43. and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.
  44. 44. A paramahamsa has no program for sense gratification; he is interested only in satisfying the senses of the Lord.
  45. 45. Always feel oneself meek and humble
  46. 46. tåëäd api su-nécena taror iva sahiñëunä amäninä mäna-dena kértanéyaù sadä hariù
  47. 47. “One who thinks himself lower than the grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor yet is always prepared to give all respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.”
  48. 48. “Unless one is meek and humble, to make progress in spiritual life is very difficult”. SB 7.9.8
  49. 49. Although a Vaishnava may act powerfully against the demons for Lord Krishna’s sake—as did Arjuna, Hanumän and many other great devotees—a Vaishnava becomes very meek and humble in regard to his own reputation. SB 11.18.31 A Vaishnava should never disturb any other living entity with his body, mind or words. He should always be tolerant and never belittle others.
  50. 50. One should be very meek and humble in his personal transactions, and if insulted a Vaishnava should be tolerant and not angry. But if there is blasphemy against one’s guru or another Vaishnava, one should be as angry as fire. This was exhibited by Lord Caitanya.
  51. 51. Romaharshana Suta was very learned and had been given the chance to become a brahmana, he had not become gentle. From this we can understand that when one is puffed up by material acquisitions, he cannot acquire the gentle behavior befitting a brahmana.
  52. 52. The learning of such a person is as good as a valuable jewel decorating the hood of a serpent. REF. KB 78: The Killing of Dantavakra, Vidüratha and Romaharñaëa
  53. 53. If a person does not become meek and humble, all his studies of the Vedas and Puranas and his vast knowledge in the shastras are simply outward dress, like the costume of a theatrical artist dancing on the stage. KB 78: The Killing of Dantavakra, Vidüratha and Romaharñaëa
  54. 54. God is unconquerable & He cannot be understood by your puffed-up mentality that “I can know Him.” No. God can be known by the meek and humble who is submissive and who takes the shelter of a God- realized person and tries to hear from him.
  55. 55. God can be understood by one who thinks himself as very humble, meek. That is also said in the Bible, that one has to become meek and humble. Then he can understand. And that is also Krishna demanding, that “First surrender. Become humble and meek.” This is the verdict of all Vedic shastras.