The Power of Surrender
By Guruka Singh Khalsa
As Yogi Bhajan has often said, there are two ways of living. Either you can fight and hassle for whatever you feel that you want in life (the mode of conflict in which most people live), or you can make yourself so beautiful and divine that God will love to come and sit in your lap and all your desires will be pre-fulfilled. This is the hassle-free life of complete surrender.
Why, O my mind, do you contrive your schemes, when the Beloved God Himself is taking care of you? Out of rocks and stones, He created all the living beings, and He places their food before each of them. Why do you fear, O my mind? The Lord and Master provides sustenance for each and every creature.
The flamingoes fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind them. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought about this?
God holds all the treasures of the Earth, and all the eighteen supernatural spiritual powers, in the palm of His hand. Servant Nanak is devoted, dedicated, and forever a sacrifice to the One. You are vast, infinite and beyond words.
Hassling comes from our ego, which feels that it has to “fend for myself.” Surrender is letting go of the ego. It is deep and sweet beyond words to express. It comes from the profound understanding that the Infinite is taking care of us—completely and totally—in every moment, and that all we need to do is get out of the way and let God take care of business. The ego thrives on conflict, and our Western society is very focused on personal achievement and personal power. Conflict and success in conflict is worshipped. But it is not this way everywhere in the world.
The way of the sage is very simple: Firstly, live in love. Love and serve everyone, as God lives in all, the same in each. And secondly, surrender completely to the flow of power of the Universe, and know each next thing you need to do—spontaneously, through your intuitive mind.
There's nothin' behind me and nothin' that ties me to
Something that might have been true yesterday
Tomorrow is open and right now it seems to be more than enough
To just be here today and I don't know what the future is holdin' in store.
I don't know where I'm goin' an’ I'm not sure where I've been
There's a spirit that guides me, a light that shines for me
My life is worth the livin', I don't need to see the end
Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care
Like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air.
- John Denver, Sweet Surrender
Guruka Singh Khalsa is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sikhnet. He is a teacher, writer, and inveterate punster. At SikhNet he does management, administration, business networking, fundraising, communication, and teaching. He is a source of inspiration to SikhNet staff as well as the entire “cybersangat.” He has been featured in over 70 SikhNet video interviews.