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Subramanian.R

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Self Enquiry and Surrender
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:46:30 AM »
Mother Azhagammal and Bhagavan Ramana's elder brother came
to Tiruvannamalai, some years after Bhagavan's return to the
Source, Arunachala.  They pleaded Him to return with them.  Bhagavan was unmoved and was not speaking.  Eventually, He wrote
down the following on a slip of paper.

"The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their
destiny.  Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try
as you may.  Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what
you may to prevent it.  This is certain.  The best course, of course,
is to remain silent."

Bhagavan had surrendered to a higher power he called Arunachala,
which transcended personal considerations.  He was not being intentionally cruel nor was He in denial.  He neither rejected nor
acceded to His mother's request.  Her plea was beside the point. He simply saw further and deeper that the forces at work in this world contained a higher purpose for Him.

Later in life, Bhagavan was often asked what alternative method was available for those who found self-enquiry too difficult.  He would reply that aside from self-enquiry, there is surrender.  When we reflected on Sri Ramana's life, we realize that He exemplified both paths to enlightenment.  On the fateful day that transformed His life in 1896, driven by the fear of death, He plunged deep within and discovered the sense of His own intrinsic being.  He realized that his so-called separate individuality was a phantom.  Freed of implicit demands as a member of a family, he remembered the call of Arunachala and surrendered to this Divine Power.  The attraction of Arunachala had been originally ignited by an uncle who had visited there several years earlier.  The young Venkataraman was awestruck at the very name of Arunachala and when the time came, like a mythic
hero, he stepped out of the familiar patterns and went in quest of His Father!

Surrender is not a feeble, vulnerable attitude of abject submission, nor is it a magic ticket which renders us free of any responsibility to
make an effort.  Right surrender is just as intense and subtle as self
enquiry.  The two approaches advised by Bhagavan Ramana, self enquiry and surrender, are actually two sides of the same coin.

(Source: Editorial, Mountain Path, Advent 2007)

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: Self Enquiry and Surrender
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009, 10:58:28 AM »
Dear Subramanian,
                        I feel that if there is no surrender, self-enquiy does not lead us to self.
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Re: Self Enquiry and Surrender
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2009, 11:41:29 AM »
Dear Dr. Raju,

Yes. Surrender should be there at least for sometime or for more time,
depending upon the person, to reach self enquiry and merge in the Self.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Self Enquiry and Surrender
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009, 04:21:33 PM »
For us, yet to be realized, it appears as though surrender is an effort, but for Bhagawan, its simply a spontaneous action. To surrender is to be absolutely action less, for when we surrender, our actions are not decided by us but by some higher authority. Surrender has to be just once and we completely surrender everything of us, otherwise we are still striving to surrender ourselves. What is called Atma Nivedanam.

To surrender is actually very difficult! it takes utmost strength from ones self to surrender himself completely. It is to kill the ego 'I' its virtually like this ego 'I' committing a suicide!

Some wise person said, a good God is not the one who protects you but God who actually kills you! our ego 'I' so pray not your Kula Deivam but Kola (Killer) deivam

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Self Enquiry and Surrender
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 08:35:44 PM »
In a broader sense, self-enquiry and surrender seems to be inter-related phenomenon.

The "I" can be traced back to its source only when it gradually "gives way";
and the "I" giving way for the higher Self is itself surrender.

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Re: Self Enquiry and Surrender
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 09:09:34 AM »
Dear silentgreen and Nagaraj,

Bhagavan Ramana has said that Self Surrender, many say, is easy.
It is as difficult as Self enquiry.  One can read Ashtavakra Samhita
and understand that the king's self surrender, is as difficult as
self enquiry.

Arunachala Siva.