6. What Does "surrender to God" mean?

Surrender to the Divine Consciousness is the foundation of this path. The better it succeeds, the less painful the way will be. Sometimes it is a real lifeline if we completely forget ourselves and distract ourselves from the self-centeredness of our person or the focus on our own body, until the Mental loses its power.  Aurobindo and Mother were often confronted with questions like this. I think one of his answers is very enlightening: "Be simple" Depending on which word you emphasize (in German), the meaning changes. It is worth meditating on it.

 

In the Integral Yoga devotion must extend to all parts of the being, including the body and what is in the subconscious. There is nothing to hide from Him anyway, not even our thoughts or the most intimate secrets. He knows us better than we do. 

Surrendering to the Divine Consciousness means to acknowledge that there is a higher authority, which still feels responsible for its creation and has everything under control.

On the other hand, I have to integrate Him into my life like a good friend and guardian. In about the way how I trust a supervisor, whom I consider to be absolutely competent and trustworthy. Regarding the Divine Consciousness, for which there is no separation in spiritual or everyday life, this means: Where I am, what I am doing, with whom I am together, I live in the attitude: "What you want, Lord, not what I want." And not expecting Him to serve my wishes and preferences. We have to do our best in this world and have no right to the results, either way.

We can turn to God at any time or where ever we are and with whatever, how little it may seem to us. It is perfect more and more to be „online“. But He also loves you if you only send a little „Thank you“ to Him in a second. Being online we also are protected, and it happens that we receive a warning by a sudden inspiration. 

 

As far as difficult decisions are concerned, a sincere moment of concentration and surrender to the Lord is very helpful: "Let me do the right thing and: Lord, what You want!" Then, in this situation the best possible will happen, whether we realize it or not. 

 

From a certain point in time coincidences occur more and more frequently, things fall suddenly into the right place and people cross our way in the right time. This happens in the moment when His will and ours coincide. In this Divine harmony we would always live if we had surrendered ourselves to Him earlier. But we first have to work out our karmic entanglements. Therefore they still are rarely.  

 

The world has become complicated and our attention is steadily steered outside. It is important to become calm and go inwards for a brief moment ... listen ... build up the connection ...  until it becomes a habit and we live "from inside".  

Mother once compared it to a young kitten, who is safely carried in the mouth of her mother through all dangers. When you are Christian you can internalize Psalm 91.

Over time one realizes that without this silent presence something is missing. Its absence feels more and more painful. Then we are already very close to our natural state. 

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 Der Mensch ist ein Übergangswesen. 

 Man is a transitional being. 

 Um den Glauben und alles andere zu erlangen, muss man darauf bestehen, ihn zu bekommen und darf solange nicht erlahmen oder verzweifeln oder aufgeben, bis man ihn besitzt – auf diese Weise wurde alles erlangt, seit diese schwierige Erde von denkenden und sehnsüchtigen Wesen bewohnt wird. Es gilt, sich ständig dem Licht zu öffnen und der Finsternis den Rücken zu kehren. Es gilt, die Stimmen zurückzuweisen, die unermüdlich behaupten: "Du kannst nicht, du darfst nicht, du bist unfähig, du bist eine Marionette eines Traumes." 

In order to gain faith and everything else you have to insist on getting it and must not grow weak, despair or give up until it is possessed - in this way everything has been obtained since this difficult earth is inhabited by thinking and longing beings. It is a matter of constantly opening ourselves to the light and turning your back on the darkness. It is necessary to reject the voices which tirelessly assert: "You cannot, you must not, you are incapable, you are a marionette of a dream."

 Ich glaube, ich kann behaupten, Tag und Nacht, Jahr um Jahr gewissenhafter experimentiert zu haben, als ein Wissenschaftler seine Theorie oder Methode auf der physischen Ebene prüft. 

 

I think I can claim to have experimented day and night, year by year, more conscientiously than a scientist examines his theory or method on the physical plane. 

 Die Manifestation der Liebe des Göttlichen in der Welt war das große Selbstopfer, die höchste Selbsthingabe. Das Vollkommene Bewusstsein willigte darin ein, in die Unbewusstheit der Materie einzutauchen und von ihr aufgesaugt zu werden, auf dass Bewusstheit in den tiefen ihrer Finsternis erweckt werde und nach und nach eine göttliche Macht darin auftauche und die Gesamtheit dieses manifestierten Universums zu einem höchsten Ausdruck des göttlichen Bewusstseins und der göttlichen Liebe mache.

 

The manifestation of the Divine Love in the world was the great self-sacrifice, the highest self-giving. The Perfect Consciousness consented to immerse in the unconsciousness of matter and to be absorbed by it to awaken consciousness in the depths of its darkness and to gradually reveal a Divine power in it and to turn the totality of this manifested universe into a supreme expression of the Divine consciousness and Divine love.

 

Ich kam nach Indien, um Sri Aurobindo zu begegnen. Ich blieb in Indien, um mit Sri Aurobindo zu leben. Als er seinen Körper verließ, fuhr ich fort, hier zu leben, um sein Werk weiterzuführen: d.h. der Wahrheit zu dienen und die Menschheit zu erleuchten, um die Herrschaft der göttlichen Liebe auf der Erde zu beschleunigen. 

 

 I came to India to meet Sri Aurobindo. I remained in India to live with Sri Aurobindo. When he left his body, I continued to live here in order to do his work which is by serving the Truth and enlightening humanity to hasten the rule of the Divine's Love upon earth.

 Gegenwärtig sind wir mitten in der Übergangsperiode, in welcher beide sich ineinander verschränken: Die alte Welt besteht noch in all ihrer Macht, beherrscht das gewöhnliche Bewusstsein, aber die neue schleicht sich ein, so bescheiden und unaufdringlich, dass sie für den Augenblick wenigstens äußerlich nicht sehr viel verändert ... aber sie arbeitet, sie wächst, bis auf den Tag, an dem sie stark genug ist, sich augenfällig zu behaupten. 

 

At the present time we are in the midst of the transitional period in which the two are intertwined: the old world still exists in all its power, dominates the ordinary consciousness, but the new is creeping in so modest and unobtrusive that at least for the moment it does not change much externally ...  but it works, it grows, until the day it is strong enough to assert itself visibly.

 

 Ich sah diese zwei Extreme: den Gipfel des Yogi und den Gipfel, sagen wir, des Elektronikers oder des Intellekts. Und was lag zwischen den beiden? Und wo ist es besser zu entschwinden? – Denn in beiden Fällen schien man zu entschwinden: entweder in leuchtendem Weiß oder in einem ziemlich erstickenden Schwarz. Aber das Leben, das göttliche Leben war das nicht!

 

 I saw these two extremes: the summit of the yogi and the summit, say, the electronics or the intellect. And what was between the two? And where is it better to escape? – For in both cases one seemed to be disappearing: either in bright white or in a rather suffocating black. But it wasn't life, not the Divine Life!

 Oh, wir halten uns alle für weise und wissend, wie schade! Wir schlafen weise und wissenschaftlich und auf einem seltsamen Feuer, das dort glimmert und das demnächst all unsere Weisheiten und Wissenschaften umstürzen wird. Was für Kinder wir doch sind! Dort, im Körper. Dieses Mysterium ...

 

Oh, we all consider ourselves wise and knowing, how pity! We sleep wisely and scientifically and on a strange fire glimmering there which will soon overthrow all our wisdoms and sciences. What children we are! There, in the body. This mystery ...

 

Es ist sehr seltsam: wie zwei Körper ineinander. Der eine weiß unwiderruflich und für immer und allen Widrigkeiten zum Trotz, er kennt das Leben, das er berührt; und der andere, ein wenig darüber und ihn gleichsam verhüllend, ist der alte sterbliche Körper, das Resultat unzähliger Vorahnen, die ihm den Tod und nur den Tod eintrichterten – den Tod bei der geringsten Anzweiflung seines überlieferten alten Rhythmus. Und dieser weiß überhaupt nichts! Er weiß nur um das alte Gesetz.

 

It is very strange: like two bodies in each other. The one knows irrevocably and forever and against all odds, he knows the life he touches; and the other a little above and covering him is the old mortal body, the result of countless ancestors which brought him death and only death  – death at the slightest doubt of his ancient tradition. And he knows nothing at all! He only knows the old law. 


Es ist die Dunkelheit vor der

Morgendämmerung,

just the darkness

before dawn ...