Meditations on Pure Bhakti #8
 

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Srila Sankarshan Das Adhikari
And Srimati Vishnupriya Mataji

Riga, Latvia, Fall 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Six Items of Surrender to God

 

"There are six basic guidelines for surrender. The first is that one should accept everything that  is favorable for the discharge of devotional service, and one should be determined to accept the process. The second is that one should give up everything that is unfavorable to the discharge of devotional service, and one should be determined to give it all up. Thirdly, one should be convinced that only Krishna can protect him and should have full faith that the Lord will give that protection. An impersonalist thinks that his actual identity is in being one with Krishna, but a devotee does not destroy his identity in this way. He lives with full faith that Krishna will kindly protect him in all respects. Fourthly, a devotee should always accept Krishna as his maintainer. Those who are interested in the fruits of activities generally expect protection from the demigods, but a devotee of Krishna does not look to any demigod for protection. He is fully convinced that Krishna will protect him from all unfavorable circumstances. Fifth, a devotee is always conscious that his desires are not independent; unless Krishna fulfills them, they cannot be fulfilled. Lastly, one should always think of himself as the most fallen among souls so that Krishna will take care of him."

Teachings Of Lord Caitanya page 123, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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"In the process of surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead there are six items: to accept everything favorable for devotional service, to reject everything unfavorable for devotional service, to believe that Krishna will always give protection, to identify oneself with Krishna's devotees, always to feel inability without the help of Krishna and always to think oneself inferior to Krishna, even though one may have full capacity to perform something on his own. When one is substantially convinced that he is always protected by Krishna in all circumstances, that  feeling is called reverential devotion. Reverential devotion is executed in relation with the Supreme Personality of Godhead and with His other protected devotees."

Nectar Of Devotion page 312, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada