A devotee asked Swami Mukundananda for guidance on how to surrender our mind to God and more specifically, how to surrender the intellect. Swami ji graciously shared a divine explanation of how our mind, body, intellect, and ego interact and what needs to happen to progress in surrender. Swami ji explained that things of the world that we consider “mine” are actually false impressions. The real “mine” is the Lord. In the material world, the things we associate with give a false sense of mine. The thing of critical importance here is our mind and how we surrender that to God. Swami ji clarified that one can’t submit the mind until the intellect is submitted.
Understand that beyond the mind is the intellect. Subtler than the senses are the objects of the senses. Subtler than the objects of the senses is the mind. Subtler than the mind itself is the intellect. Subtler than the intellect is the soul. So, until the intellect makes a decision to surrender, the mind can’t surrender. Naturally, then the question becomes how to surrender the intellect? Surrender can be interpreted as acceptance of knowledge of the scriptures as the truth. For example, scriptures say there is no happiness in the world, and your mind/intellect struggles and complains. Surrender, in this case, is to accept the knowledge that our scriptures are bestowing upon us. How many times do you feel that you are not the mind? Sometimes when the mind plays mischief, you realize that you are not the mind. At that time, you see that you are not the mind. What about the intellect? The meshing with the intellect is even stronger. Have you ever thought you are not the intellect? Sometimes in matters of faith, the intellect says opposite and faith keeps us going to the knowledge of scriptures, God and Guru. Beyond the intellect, comes the ego – when that is cut, then we will be situated in the divine knowledge. Lord Krishna told Arjun to surrender his intellect to God. We accept our intellect as the final authority. It occurs due to our pride in our intellect. When we make a decision that our intellect is tiny, impure and distorted by material attachment, we progress in surrender. For example, if I have to choose between what the scriptures and the Guru said vs. what my own intellect says, I will choose the knowledge of scriptures. This is surrender. When we start training the intellect, slowly we start surrendering. That is where faith is required in Vedic knowledge, God and Guru.
About Swami Mukundananda:
Swami Mukundananda is a renowned spiritual leader, philosopher, visionary, author, and humanitarian. He is the founder of the yogic system called “JKYog.” Swamiji is a unique sanyasi (in the renounced order of life), with distinguished degrees in Engineering and Management from two world-famous Institutes in India, IIT and IIM. He is a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Swamiji’s enlightening discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures with wit, humor, and perfect logic. Along with his discourses, he teaches the comprehensive system “Yoga for the body, Mind and Soul”. For the youth, Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities such as Princeton, Stanford, Yale, MIT, Duke and Kellogg School of Management. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle, Intel, etc. For children, he has established a special personality development program, called “Bal-Mukund Character Building Program.” He has inspired millions of people around the world on the path of spirituality, holistic health, yoga, meditation, service to society, and God-realization. Swamiji’s warmth and humility touch all those who have had the fortune to have his association.
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