In a war, the loser surrenders at the end. We always want to win and so we learn not to surrender. What if its only partly true; Isn’t it really the case that only the losers surrender in the end? Taking refuge is the right way to begin.
Today is day 24 of #LivingDeeply.
In the 1970s, TV stations in the US used to carry an announcement, “It’s 10pm, do you know where your children are?”. It’s a great question, because we really don’t know much about anything. We just can’t know everything.
— and we don’t have the ability to act decisively.
If Julius Caesar, the most powerful man in the world, couldn’t tell that his colleagues in the senate are going to kill him, then what chance do others have of knowing everything, understanding everything, and doing everything? No one can be omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipotent (all doing).
So how can we act in this world? We have to make assumptions, right? What assumptions do we carry about the world around us?
Let us narrow it down by asking two specific questions:
– what is the relationship of the Universe with respect to my interests?
Is the Universe fierce and jealous, all red in tooth and claw? Is the Universe more like a friend, lover or a parent…always looking out for my interests?
– what support can I expect from the forces of the Universe as I go about engaging in action?
Should I expect resistance or support?
There are two words for “surrender” in the Bhagavad Gita, प्रपद्यन्ते prapadyante and शरणम् sharanam.
The answer to the first question is, “As you are to Me, so I am to you”. If you come as a friend, you will find the Universe a friendly place. If you come to steal, then expect fully to have your shirt stolen on the way back. Your attitude will directly be reflected back by this mirror-like existence. Give to get.
ये यथा मम प्रपद्यन्ते तमस तथैव भजामि अहम् |
(BG4:11 as they come to me, so do I cherish them; my path men walk, Partha, on every path)
(BG18:63 all duty abandoning to me, the sole refuge, come; I will liberate you from every sin, so not grieve)
Be a friend, take refuge, and go out into the world with confidence.