The Bhagavad Gita has 700 verses all of which are wonderful and filled with deep insight. The conclusive verse of the Bhagavad Gita Eighteenth Chapter, Verse 66 is inspiring.
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah [Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Verse 18.66]
“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.”[Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Verse 18.66]
Lord Krishna in the Gita has emphasized many religious processes and types of knowledge such as giving up attachment, varnas and ashrams, controlling one’s mind and senses etc. But in the end, He tells Arjuna that simply surrender to me. Do not be fearful, you will be delivered from all sins. Arjuna had so much confusion, uncertainty and even a lack of confidence. Lord Krishna guides him through his doubts and in the end assures him that simply by surrendering to Him, he will be assured of victory. Arjuna should fight because it is the will of Lord Krishna.
So often we have a problem surrendering to the Divine and Divine Will. We are beset by confusion and uncertainty. Especially in times of trouble, we start questioning “Why Me?” And in good times there is a tendency to forget God. But surrendering to the Lord should be our duty in good times and bad.
We have been given the opportunity of human life after evolving through many species. We should seek to serve the Lord in this lifetime. The path of developing love of God is given to everyone without reservation – whether one is a man or woman, and irrespective of nationality, caste or creed. Following our spiritual duties i.e. developing pure devotional service to the Lord while doing our duty should be the goal of a serious spiritualist.
In Srimad Bhagavatam, Gajendra, the King of Elephants was attacked by a crocodile. No one could save him. Finally, Gajendra called out to Lord Krishna in total surrender offering Him a lotus flower. His prayer of surrender or Gajendra Stuti as it is called, is very famous.
In our scriptures there are many examples of exalted personalities who have totally surrendered to the Lord. Queen Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas was totally surrendered to Lord Krishna. Prahalad was troubled by his father Hiranyakasipu, who did not appreciate his firm faith in Lord Vishnu. But in the end, Lord Narasimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, came to Prahalad’s aid.
There is sometimes conflict between our various duties. But we have to rise above this confusion and recognize that we are all spirit souls and are meant to love God who is the Complete Whole. We should contemplate regarding how we can best serve God while doing our duty. By taking small steps with determination and enthusiasm, we can finally fully surrender to the Lord.
Bhagavad Gita As It is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Swami Amarnathananda
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