We chose 'Surrender to God' as the topic of this month. Featured articles are: 'Surrender - The Way to Attain Eternal Bliss,' 'Six Aspects of Surrender to God.' We also bring to you Bal-Mukund activities, News & Updates, and Bhog Recipe for you to enjoy.

हरि गुरु दोई अपना, गहु इनकेई शरना

hari guru doī apanā, gahu inakeī śharanā

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "There are only two entities who are mine (belonging to the soul) - Hari and Guru.  O mind! Take exclusive shelter of them." 

Surrender -  The Way to Attain Eternal Bliss
It is stated in the Srimad Bhagvatam:

  athāpi te deva padāmbujadvaya prasādaleśhānugṛihīta eva hi (10.14.29)
"No one can know God even if he endeavours to know Him for innumerable lifetimes, but when God imparts His Grace to a soul, he can know Him and attain Divine Bliss for eternity."

Not only the Bhagvatam, but all the Scriptures declare in unison that we can neither be eternally free from sorrow and suffering nor can we attain divine bliss without God's grace.  God's grace is a vital ingredient for success on the spiritual path.

So how can we receive God's grace?  After all, innumerable Saints in the past have received God's grace and crossed over the ocean of material misery.  And then there are souls like us who have remained bereft of God's grace until now.  There must be a secret to receiving God's grace which we have not understood yet, because God is certainly not impartial or unfair.  He governs the world in a perfect and just manner.

Shree Krishna reveals that secret in the Bhagavad Gita, He says:

tameva śharaṇaṁ gachchha sarvabhāvena bhārata (Chapter 18, Verse 62)

"Surrender exclusively unto Him with your whole being, O Bharat. By his grace, you will attain perfect peace and the eternal abode."

God's law is very simple, those who surrender to Him, receive His grace

Truly speaking, surrender is not an act of doing something in order to attain God's grace; rather it is coming to a state of doing nothing.  As long as we suffer from the ego of being the doers, we remain bound by the fruits of our actions because we are considered the doers of our actions.  The moment the feeling of doer-ship ends, we become 'non-doers' and God personally takes care of all our needs and protects whatever we have for eternity.

Therefore, to attain divine bliss of God, we will have to surrender this pride of doer-ship to Him just as we surrendered to our mothers as newly born children.   By doing so, we will become non-doers and God will become the performer of our every action.   This is how He bestows His grace.

Now, what can we surrender to God?  We have body, senses, mind, and intellect.  Which one of these should we offer to God?

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that since mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation, it is the mind which should be surrendered to God.  The law in the spiritual realm is that only the attachment of the mind determines the fruits of our actions.  If we keep the mind attached to the world and engage in devotion with the body, it will only lead to worldly results.  Whereas if our mind is surrendered to God and we engage in devotion with the mind and perform worldly activities with the body, we will reap spiritual results.  The surrender of the mind is true surrender.
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Truly speaking, surrender is not an act of doing something in order to attain God's grace; rather it is coming to a state of doing nothing.  As long as we suffer from the ego of being the doers, we remain bound by the fruits of our actions because we are considered the doers of our actions. The moment the feeling of doer-ship ends, we become 'non-doers' and God personally takes care of all our needs and protects whatever we have for eternity. 
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Six Aspects of Surrender to God    
Surrender has been defined in the Hari Bhakti Vilas, Bhakti Rasāmṛita Sindhu, the Vāyu Purāṇa and the Ahirbudhni Saṁhitā in the following manner:

ānukoolyasya saṅkalpaḥ, pratikulyasya varjanam, 
rakṣhiṣhyatīti viśhvāso goptṛitve varaṇaṁ tathā 
ātma nikśhepa kārpaṇye ṣhaḍvidhā śharaṇāgatiḥ

The above verse explains the six aspects of surrender to God: 
To desire only in accordance with the desire of God.  By nature, we are his servants, and the duty of a servant is to fulfil the desire of the master.  So as surrendered devotees of God, we must make our will conform to the will of God. 

A dry leaf is surrendered to the wind.  It does not complain whether the wind lifts it up, takes it forward or backward, or drops it to the ground.  Similarly, we too must learn to be happy in the happiness of God. 
Not to desire against the desire of God.  Whatever we get in life is a result of our past and present karmas.  However, the fruits of the karmas do not come by themselves.  God notes them and gives the results at the appropriate time.  Since the results are dispensed by God himself, we must learn to serenely accept them.

Usually, when people get wealth, fame, pleasure, and luxuries in the world, they forget to thank God.  However, if they get suffering, they blame God for it, "Why did God do this to me?"  The second aspect of surrender means to not complain about whatever God gives us.
To have firm faith that God is protecting us.  God is the eternal father.  He is taking care of all the living beings in creation.  There are trillions of ants on the planet earth, and all of them need to eat regularly.  Do you ever find that a few thousand ants in your garden have died of starvation?  God ensures that they are all provided for.  On the other hand, elephants eat mounds of food every day.  God provides for them too.  Even a worldly father cares and provides for his children.  Why then should we doubt whether our eternal father, God, will take care of us or not?  To have firm faith in his protection is the third aspect of surrender.
To keep an attitude of gratitude toward God.   We have received so many priceless gifts from the Lord.  The earth that we walk upon, the sunlight with which we see, the air that we breathe and the water that we drink, are all given to us by God.  In fact, it is because of Him that we exist; He has brought us to life and imparted consciousness in our soul.  We are not paying Him any tax in return, but we must at least feel deeply indebted for all that He has given to us.  This is the sentiment of gratitude.

The reverse of this is the sentiment of ungratefulness.  For example, a father does so much for his child.  The child is told to be grateful to his father for this.  But the child responds, "Why should I be grateful?  His father took care of him and he is taking care of me."  This is ingratitude toward the worldly father.  To be grateful toward God, our eternal Father, for all that He has given to us, is the fourth aspect of surrender.
To see everything we possess as belonging to God.  This entire world has been created by God.  It existed even before we were born, and will continue to exist even after we die.  Hence, the true owner of everything is God alone.  When we think something belongs to us, we forget the proprietorship of God. 

Let us say that someone comes into your house when you are not at home.  He wears your clothes, eats out of your refrigerator, and sleeps on your bed.  On returning, you ask indignantly, "What have you been doing in my house?"

He says, "I have not damaged anything.  I have merely used everything properly.  Why are you getting annoyed?"

You reply, "You may not have destroyed anything, but it all belongs to me.  If you use it without my permission, you are a thief." 

Similarly, this world and everything in it, belongs to God.  To remember this, and give up our sense of proprietorship is the fifth aspect of Surrender. 
To give up the pride of having surrendered.  If we become proud of the good deeds that we have done, the pride dirties our heart and undoes the good.  That is why it is important to keep an attitude of humbleness: "If I was able to do something nice, it was only because God inspired my intellect in the right direction.  Left to myself, I would never have been able to do it."  To keep such an attitude of humility is the sixth aspect of surrender.
If we can perfect these six points of surrender in ourselves, we will fulfill God's condition and he will bestow his grace upon us.      

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Are You Driven by the Mind or the Intellect?

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Samarpan-Jagadguru Kripalu Yoga and Naturopathy Hospital conducted a 2-day Yoga and Meditation camp for National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Mundali, Odisha on 15th &16th April. Nearly 200 cadets from the forces participated in the camp. See pictures

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Rules of Devotion

by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj 


The mind is to be engrossed in God, withdrawing it from worldly affairs.  This can be done only by gradual and continuous practice.    

The mind is to be engrossed in God, withdrawing it from worldly affairs.  This can be done only by gradual and continuous practice.  The more the mind gets engrossed in God, the more it becomes detached from the world.  Detachment of the mind from the world means that the mind is in the process of becoming attached to God.  The process of withdrawing the mind from the world is known as vairagya, and the process of attaching the mind to God is known as abhyas.  One needs to concentrate on these two processes simultaneously.   


abhyāsavairāgyābhyāṁ tannirodhaḥ (Yogadarshan)
abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa cha gṛiyate  (Gita 6.35)
You have to perform it practically.  You all hear this from your Guru or other spiritual preachers in your daily life.  You say, "It is because you are so short of time and there are so many worldly distractions." Whatever time you devote to your devotional practice of withdrawing your mind from this world, the mind again plays its trick by convincing you to stop your practice time and again.   In so doing, your effort does not succeed in producing any beneficial results.  So, train your mind for two processes - withdrawing it from worldly affairs and attaching it to God. 

When you only fill your mind with divine matter: God's names, forms, pastimes, glories, abodes, and associates, it will be purified.  If you fill it with worldly things, it will get harmed.  Loud chanting of the names of God while simultaneously withdrawing the mind from worldly affairs saves your mind from this pollution.  When you speak you have to think in your mind first; you cannot perform any action without the help of the mind, and this puts strain on the mind.  When you abstain from speaking and performing any action, your mind remains unengaged.

Developing humility and practicing roopdhyan are the two most important points to be kept in your mind.  Be more humble than a blade of grass.  Have a feeling of forbearance like that of a tree.  Give respect to all without desiring any in return.  Do not nurture any ill feeling towards anyone, even in your dreams.  Do not find faults in others, but within.

Roopdhyan is a must in our devotional practice.  The absorption of the mind in the loving remembrance of God's form is called roopdhyan.  You should constantly think, "God and the Guru are my All-in-All, and are always with me everywhere as my eternal protectors."

Generally, those who practice meditation, feel the presence of God with them, only while they are engaged in devotional practice, but they totally forget him thereafter.  This kind of devotional practice is not correct, because there is no point in earning ten rupees and losing it within few minutes.  Just as we are always conscious of the 'I', we should become conscious that God is with us, always and everywhere.

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Bhog Recipe

Besan Ki Burfi

Preparation Time:
11-15 minutes
Cooking time:
16-20 minutes 
4 people

Gram flour (besan) 2 cups
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon 
Pistachios Chopped -12 Almonds sliced 10-12  
Powdered sugar 1 cup   
Pure ghee 1 cup + for greasing   


Step 1: Heat the ghee in a non-stick kadai; add the gram flour and sauté on low heat, stirring continuously, for ten to fifteen minutes, or till it starts changing colour and is fragrant.
Step 2: Add the cardamom powder and pistachio and almond slivers, and mix. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
Step 3:  Add the powdered sugar and mix well.
Step 4: Grease a six-by-eight-inch aluminium straight-sided shallow tray with the ghee. Pour the gram flour mixture into the tray and spread it evenly with a greased spatula.
Step 5: Cool and cut into squares or diamonds and serve. Store the burfi in an airtight container.  Enjoy this delicious burfi every bite. 

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