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Old 18-02-2007, 02:42 AM   #1
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The Practice of God Living is the simple and continual Prayer-Action of Sublime Surrender and Supplication

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The most basic need of all human beings is the need to surrender
one's life to God. To give up one's own will to the divine Will.To
find the guidance of God within one's own heart.Surrender is the
Golden Key that unlocks the door to spiritual living. Surrender is
the gateway to the Kingdom of God. Surrender is the path to group
living, group life, and true brotherhood. For when God's Will is done
in one's life, then that life is transformed forever, and cannot
remain in the limited, selfish state that it was. The body, emotions,
and mind are liberated from the chains of human living.

Now many people do not see the significance of this.They look at the
vast literature that exists today regarding human spiritual
development, and see very little that points to surrender as a
spiritual activity. Or perhaps it is considered a part of walking the
"Way of the Cross" - but in this, the idea seems to be that it is the
ego that does the walking, that God just waits for each human being
to reach some enlightened state, and only after that time will God
communicate anything pertinent. God is seen as approachable only at
the end of the path to divinity, and not the very beginning. But "He
in whom we live and move and have our being" is as available to the
lowest as to the highest.

Most people who are interested in their own spiritual development see
other factors that they consider of more significance than surrender,
such as meditation, or the practice of the methods and techniques of
their own particular school or organization. They have books, written
by divinely guided individuals, which proclaim that following certain
practices is the wisest path for the human being in order to reach
Light, Life, and Love.

Now in some cases, the teachings have, over the ages, been distorted
such that all mention of the Golden Key of surrender has been
deleted. Yet there are certainly many valid teachings that speak of
meditation. What needs to be understood is that all such practices
are in fact intermediary in nature. As long as meditation is done by
the self, then the results can only be as good as a fallen, illusory
self can make them. As long as mental control is accomplished by a
self, then the results are limited by the illusions and distortions
that the mind suffers under. If, then, an ego contemplates on Love,
then the contemplation is necessarily restricted to the type of love
that an ego understands. And this love of an ego is not divine Love.
If, then, a mind concentrates its energies upon Reality, then the
concentration is only as strong as the personal mind can create. And
there is no concentration of the forces of an illusory mind that will
succeed in making any difference to the world of Reality and Truth.

Yes, meditation has eventually brought good results. In ages past,
long meditation, practiced for decades in silence and retreat has
produced the occasional illumined Saint. We might ask ourselves two
things about this. First, where on earth will we find any silence and
retreat in order to practice meditation as has been advised for human
beings down the ages? From Times Square in New York to the furthest
reaches of the Himalayas, the planet has been occupied by human
beings, and they have taken up residence everywhere. The Saints went
out into the lonely wilderness of forest and desert to contemplate
Reality and Truth, but there is no longer such wilderness today.

In addition, where will we find the decades to meditate in order to
achieve liberation? In this modern age of information and
interconnectivity, we are all swept up in the human activities of
this planet. We have been given a relatively brief space of time to
act and to work before the profound changes that are coming to this
planet take place. There are, I submit to you, no longer decades of
time for any leisurely meditation, study, or pursuit of philosophy.
There is only time for action. The Buddha likened human life to a
house that was on fire. The only reasonable course of action, is to
seek to escape from the house immediately. Likewise, we need to
escape from the house of ego that we live in immediately, through
surrender. But people insist on taking their leisurely time for
study, for classes, for workshops, for research, for meditation
practices, and for all manner of activity that is not directly
pertinent to simply surrendering to God. In this, they continue to
chain themselves to human life and limitations.

Second, we need to recognize that the Aquarian Age is upon us, here
and now. I do not speak of any astrological locations of the stars,
but of the movement of cosmic energies that produce the ending of one
age and the beginning of another. In this Aquarian age, new methods
are necessary. All the old preliminary practices of concentrating the
mind, of practicing purity, of building in virtues, etc. are
dispensed with. People are now offered the opportunity of
surrendering to God, not in some distant time in which they have
developed some masterful capacities or supernatural powers, but in
the here and now, while they are still fallible, limited, human
beings. The gateway to the Kingdom of God is wide open like it has
never been before, but the distortions of the world, the glamor of
human desires, the illusions of the human mind, and the general
confusion in which human beings live conspire to keep people away.

In opposition to the many conventional and technical paths of
spiritual development and mind control that we have considered thus
far, we have the other end of the spectrum, in which the constant
emphasis of the teachings is to "let go and let God," In much of the
new age community, the need to seek for God and God's desire is
clearly seen. We have many authors, for example, who are busy
publishing their conversations with God, their talks with God, and
all manner of transmissions, supposedly from the divine Sphere,
usually regarding the most mundane matters. In examining these
efforts it is all too often discovered that they are an attempt to
"let God" do all the things that the human wants to do. The human
will is not really being replaced by the divine Will, and this
replacement is the fundamental reversal that is necessary for
surrender to have occurred. And when God's Will does indeed supersede
the little human will, there is no desire to pronounce that fact to
the universe. Those who know, pray in the silence of their closet,
and do not shout the teachings from the housetops. The public claims
that so many people supposedly in touch with God make are, as always,
a sure sign of falsehood.

Thus people imagine that surrender is not necessary; that they can
get to God, Reality and Life some other way. Yet, we have been told
that we need to seek the "Kingdom of God." If we are going to enter
that Kingdom, we will not do so as egos, by any power of the personal
will, or by any action of the self. We can only enter by God's Grace,
given in Love, to those who have renounced the self.

Then there are people who read about God, Truth, and Life, and who
understand its significance, but then fail to apply that knowledge.
There are a host of reasons why this is so. People may have read that
they should surrender their lives to God, to trust that God will
provide for them, and that God should be the master of their lives.
And they say to themselves, "Oh how wise and wonderful there ideas
are! They are indeed Truth." They become filled with thoughts about
surrender, about God, about service, and about Truth. They create
castles in their minds, big thought forms of intricate complexity. Or
perhaps they fill the thoughts with their personal feelings, and may
think: "It is so wonderful to feel God's Love." But people stop with
these thoughts and feelings and do not really move beyond them.
People substitute the thought for the reality and the feeling for the
reality, and do not even see that they have stopped. They think, "How
wise!" but do not see how that wisdom could apply to their own
condition - that they really do need to surrender. They think, "How
true!" but do not see where they continue to apply falsehood to their
actions. They say, "I feel so full of love!" but that love never
turns to an urge to sacrifice themselves for others, and thus it
remains a hopeful vision, and not a reality. They say, "This is
true." but do not apply the Truth of following God to their lives,
and thus remain shut off from Reality. For when Truth is seen, then
brotherhood prevails.

People, therefore, are usually hypocrites, following imitation
spirituality, for it suits their purposes. This is because real
spirituality demands change at a level that most people have no
experience in changing, or any real desire to change. People are used
to getting new ideas, playing with new thought forms, being thrilled
by new feelings. But people are not used to modifying their
fundamental condition. They do not even know that there is a
fundamental condition to change. They do not even see that there is
anything to modify. They believe that their sense of self will always
remain the way it is, that their relationship to the world will
always be as it is, that their urge to act, to grow, to think, to
feel, to learn, and to expand are immutable laws of the universe.
They think that the self always grows. They believe that they are
here on this planet to be happy. And they believe that they are
always to be in charge of the destiny of their lives. But the self -
the personality - only "grows" at the expense of the inner Spirit,
the God within. And "happiness" is only evidence of a successful
personality, not a soul that is inspired by the divine. And as long
as we are in charge of our own destiny, then we are surely trapped in
the illusion. For there is no destiny for the self except death -
either the death of the body and the mind at the end of the personal
cycle of incarnation, or the death of the ego on the cross, at the
end of the greater soul cycle. Seeking to do anything else for the
self is to seek to build only within the illusion of this fallen
Universe, and is doomed to eventual failure.

Then there are those who hear the words of sacrifice and surrender,
and they feel in their hearts that they already understand, they
already know, and they have already done it all. "I know what you
mean," they say, "I feel that surrender. I feel that love. I sense
the spirit within me and follow it to the best of my ability." And in
this knowing in their minds, in this conviction, they trap themselves
once more. For no one can move forward if they believe that they have
already completely surrendered. They are trapped in the illusion of
their success. And since they live in their minds, their minds create
those conditions that give them evidence of their success. They see
around them reasons to believe that they have sacrificed, reasons
that they are loving, reasons that they are in communion with God.
These people are the most difficult to deal with, for like fanatics
they will cling to their convictions beyond all reason. But one thing
they do not really do, and that is to unselfishly sacrifice
themselves for others, for the group, and for God. Yet even here they
will see evidence that gives them conviction of their success. The
evidence that they see convinces them that they themselves are
wonderful. That they are very good disciples, excellent servers, and
profoundly in communion with God. And this reveals the lie in their
claims, for to the one who really knows God, the self is always evil;
it has no redeeming features and is best set aside. For the self is
the product of our separateness from God. When God is seen, the self
will no longer exist. And thus the true knower of God is filled with
humility, and often has a painful knowledge of the imperfections of
his own personal nature.

When we hear about the need to surrender, to sacrifice, to trust God
and God's wisdom, people have yet another barrier, and this is that
they imagine that these things are immensely difficult. They imagine
to themselves that only saints surrender, that only high initiates
are capable of sacrifice, that only those who go to Masterhood tread
the Way of the Cross, and that trusting God is something that comes
from an unimaginable space in divine awareness and has nothing to do
with the self. But this is yet another veil of the illusion. For
people imagine that surrender is a matter of doing something. But in
truth, surrender is a matter of stopping doing something - stopping
the ego, once and for all.

People, of course, endlessly imagine that spirituality is a process
of continuing to do the types of things that the ego has always done
before. That the ego should search, study, learn, grow, and in that
growth, grow so big that it can eventually "surrender." But surrender
is not about a big ego, it is not about growth. Surrender gains
nothing for the evolution of the ego within the fallen Universe - and
that is its whole point. Since the ego has never succeeded in
reaching Reality by its own efforts, by following its own will, it is
high time that the ego stopped trying to do this, and turned to God
instead. People incarnate a thousand lifetimes expecting success out
of the efforts of the ego, and fail every time. Every last time, they
have met death. This lifetime, too, they will meet death. But people
still continue to seek spiritual growth through the actions of the
ego. The only real way out is surrender.

People usually want God to be the servant of their own will. They
pray, "Oh God, could you please send me money, please send me love,
and make my enemies crumble to dust" etc. in endless fashion. They
want God to act in order to fulfill the desires of the human being.
They may dress it up in pretty words, but really they hope and expect
that God will agree with their every wish. God is to be man's slave.
But surrender is about reducing the ego to be a servant of God's
Will. It is simply the reversal of the usual scheme of things
envisioned by those who pray. We pray, then, not to ask God to do
things for us, but to find out what we need to do for God. We pray to
discover God's purpose at any given time. And when we sense that
purpose, we act to fulfill it, no matter how unpleasant,
contradictory, or humiliating that action may be in the light of
human reason and common sense. Thus our prayer is often for the
purpose of making life more difficult for us, not less. We seek God's
Will, and since God is no respecter of persons, God may ask us to
fail. And what does this failure mean? It means that the ego, the
self, has failed. The ego, then, has become smaller, not larger. And
since the reduction of the self to nothing is a part of the divine
Plan, we rejoice in that failure, and work to achieve it. And very
few people in this world understand that working out God's Will is
not a matter of becoming successful, superhuman, and all-powerful.
Quite the opposite.

So is surrender really that difficult? People pray to direct God to
do their bidding at every moment of the day. They have no problem
with commanding infinite Power, Will, and Purpose to their own
selfish bidding - what an amazing feat! So what is the problem with
doing the reverse, to ask God, in complete humility, what God wants,
and to joyously work to destroy one's personal goals and
accomplishments when the divine Will calls for it? Ah, but I forget:
people have desires that they can't give up. They want what they want
when they want it, and do not care if God wants something different.
So their so-called "love of God" and their "search for Truth" crashes
upon the rock of ego. People then continue to search for their own
happiness and their own truth, for doing anything otherwise would
mean that they might have to give up their cherished desires,
beliefs, and goals. But all these will end at death. Desires will
end, beliefs will turn to dust, and goals will remain unfulfilled.
Thus the wise seek ego-death, so that their own goals are replaced by
God's goals and their own desires are replaced by God's Will. They
surrender. In that surrendering, they lose their urge to seek for
self - though self certainly continues to exist for them in this
fallen Universe. They seek for God instead, and in so seeking, open
the doorway to the divine, to Light, and to Life.

One of the desires that most people can't give up is often "helping
others." That is, they cannot give up tending to the ailments and
problems of a loved one. They cannot give up the teaching that they
are doing for their students. They cannot give up the healing that
they are offering through their hands. They cannot give up helping
other people to meditate and grow. They cannot give up attempting to
bring peace and love to this sorry planet. They cannot give up
following the helpful teachings that they cherish. But as long as we
live outside of God, within our little egos, we cannot really know
God's Will in all these matters. We cannot know God's wishes or
thoughts, nor really obtain God's help and assistance. For as long we
we work for self, for the desires of self, no matter how noble and
virtuous, we are still working for self, and not for God. When we
have surrendered, and we are then working in God's camp, on God's
ground, in God's battle, for God's glory, we will be given our
assignments as to our work in this world. That may mean that our
service may change. Or it may mean that it all must be given up. The
wise soul will understand that God does indeed know best what we
should do. For as long as we cling to the fiction that we know better
than God what to do, we remain trapped in self. We thus build the
bars of our prison with our good intensions, our virtues, and our
love.

Another desire that people can't give up is to be "loving." They
think that love is the greatest force in the universe - I tell you in
all sincerity that it is not. Truth is the greatest force in this
fallen Universe and is infinitely more powerful than love. People
seek to love and think that if they love, that they are "good."
People seek to love and enjoy the sensation of human love - whether
it is as the result of personal pleasure in a relationship or in the
process of giving altruistic service to humanity. But love that
arises from the actions of self is selfish love. No selfish love can
endure when the divine Will is realized in one's heart. Then personal
love dies like a branch that has been cut off from a tree. It withers
and dies and becomes dead. For in surrender we are willing to give up
all that we love, for that love is of self, and we reject self
completely. In surrendering, we accept the fact of something greater
than love - we accept the Truth that God is the only source of good
in our lives. We accept the Truth that following God's Will is the
only purpose that humans should possess. We accept the Truth that the
only way to freedom for ourselves and for all humanity is to live in
God's Grace.

Yet another desire that people can't give up is to follow the
direction of their own minds. This is indeed the most fundamental
trap of human egotism, and the very thing that makes surrender
difficult to do for so many people. For they cannot imagine any
condition in which their own mind is not in charge of what they shall
do, what they shall speak, and how they will act. This is also the
fundamental reason why people cling to the path of meditation, for
doing the meditation is their own decision. But God has no need to
meditate, and when God works through us, no meditation is needed.
This is also the fundamental reason why people imagine that they have
surrendered when they have not truly surrendered, for in their
experience, everything that the mind thinks is the truth, when in
fact everything that the mind thinks is a lie. This is also the
fundamental reason why people cling to their personal work, their
personal service, and their personal love, for it is the desire of
their minds to continue being attached to the world around them and
its purposes. But those purposes, however noble, are still related to
a world and a universe that is wholly illusory and unreal. Whereas
our purpose should be solely to seek Reality such that we may be the
vessel for the divine Life, and not lost in the wilderness of human
living any longer.

Everyone can choose to surrender. While it means the sacrifice of our
desires, it also means that we are liberated from them. We are no
longer controlled by our emotional needs, our human frailties, and
our personal folly. We can see that they are just a part of the
temporary illusion, and move on to the divine Universe and the divine
Life. We are no longer so trapped in this world of illusion and
suffering, but are travelling on a bridge that leads from this
fallen, crazy realm to a divine world of endless Peace and Joy. We
can choose surrender, and not just think about choosing, but really
choose it. We can choose surrender, and not vainly imagine that we
have already surrendered until that day arrives in which we have
forgotten ourselves, our goals, and our own individual purpose in
sacrifice to God. We can choose surrender, and know that it is really
the only way out of this hell-realm of pain and suffering. We can
choose surrender, and know in our hearts that it is the right thing
to do, no matter how the ego screams in frustration and pain. We can
choose surrender, and not be deterred as though it is some great task
for the ego to accomplish. We can choose surrender, and in earnest
humility, tell God that we give up the self and its goals forever. We
can choose surrender. Now.
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