Posted at sillysutras.com
by RON RATTNER
NOV, 28, 2011
“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you love?
How deeply did you learn to let go?”
~ The Buddha
The idea of spiritual “surrender” is encapsulated in the maxims:
“Let go, and let God”; “Go with the Flow”; and “Not my will,
but Thy will be done”.
Both Eastern and Western religious and spiritual teachings
stress the importance of allowing the inconceivably immense power
of Nature, the Tao, or the Divine to guide our lives;
of simply surrendering to Life, and allowing it to live us as it may.
Before surrendering, we may egoically think ourselves separate from other beings and life-forms, and that we are in ultimate control of our lives.
But, as we gradually realize that we are inextricably part of Nature,
not separate from it, and that Nature Knows best and is in control, we more and more allow Nature, not ego, to guide us.
Surrender is an inner process; an intuitional attitude rather than an outer act,
arising gradually as we gain implicit trust and faith in Nature’s supreme perfection.
And as our faith in Nature grows, ego goes.
We gradually lose the ego illusion of separateness from Nature,
and ever more surrender to Life.
And when we become completely surrendered to the river of life –
the river of existence – ego disappears:
Revealing that our true nature is Nature;
Revealing we are THAT, to which we have surrendered.