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Self Surrender and Self Enquiry
« on: January 24, 2009, 10:56:05 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana has right from the begining, (Who am I?
-1901), been maintaining that Self Surrender and Self Enquriy
are one and the same. 

Once a visitor asked Him:

What is Self Surrender?

Bhagavan Ramana:

It is the same as mind control.   The ego submits when it recognizes
the higher authority of the Atman. This is the beginning of surrender. Although, the ego cannot exist without the Self, yet, due to its ignorance of this fact, it remains rebellious, and acts on its own
initiatives and by its own will.


How can the rebellious ego be subjugated?

Bhagavan Ramana:

Either by the seeking its source, when it automatically disappears, or by deliberately surrendering all its actions, motives and decisions,
striking thereby its root.  Habits create the false notion that thinking is a permanent institution, with which it is impossible to dispense, but enquiry and discrimination will blast this fallacy. None succeeds without effort and successful few owe their victory to perseverence.


People prostrate before God or the Guru to prove, I suppose, or atleast to show their surrender.

Bhagavan Ramana:

True surrender is the melting of the ego in the Source, the Heart.
God is not deceived by physical genuflections; what He sees in the worshipper is how much of the ego remains in full control, and how much is on the verge of self-destruction!

(Source: Guru Ramana, S.S. Cohen. Sri Ramanasrmam. Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.