Kripalu writes that the fourth of the seven steps
to God realization is surrendering: when the devotee
surrenders, he does so to a true rasik Saint.
What does it mean to surrender oneself fully? Why
should we surrender to the Saint?
Maharajji Kripalu writes that the devotee who
surrenders will overcome the darkness of ignorance and
worldly attachment. In so doing, the effects of maya will
no longer distract or cause pain to the devotee, even while
he is still part of the world of the living. When applied
to the eyes, the Divine dust of surrender opens up the soul
to divine vision so that the illusions of this world will
no longer have power over us. When this happens, it is easy
to say, “I adore and surrender myself to the Divine lotus
feet of my beloved Master. There, at that beloved refuge by
the lotus feet of my Master I will remember the leelas of
Radha Krishn.” This remembrance defeats the darkness of
ignorance and worldly attachment. The Grace of this
remembrance cancels the effects of maya so that the
attractions of the world will not affect the devotee even
while he is still part of the world of the living. The
Divine dust of whose lotus feet, when applied to the eyes,
permits Divine vision.
When one seeks out leela, they are more apt to surrender
themselves. Our souls yearn eternally for such a love that
extends the peace and happiness of your mind to eternity,
to render your heart blissful forever. Why then, not
surrender to the Saint to practice leela?
To learn about surrendering, Shree Kripalu Ji calls upon
devotees of Krishn Love through his beautiful poetic verse
in the Prem Ras Madira to say:
I surrender myself to the Divine lotus feet of my beloved
Master so that I will remember the leelas of Krishn.