Is Surrender to Krishna possible when we perform duties as said by Krishna?
ACTUAL QUESTION from a devotee (Name hidden):
What is the meaning of surrendering to Krishna? How should we do/feel to surrender unto Him? How to differentiate between surrendering and doing your duty because we krsna says do your karma. This looks like a contradiction. I am obsessed with my tensions/confusions. Teach us the real meaning of total surrender.
Surrender means not performing rituals and singing the glories of Krishna all the 24 hours.
Your mind should be situated with Krishna and your sense organs should perform their assigned duties.
You may ask:
If I situate my mind in Krishna, how can I pay attention in performing my assigned duties.
This is also genuine question.
Here too, Fixing the mind on Krishna means, not filling Krishna’s preachings and lilas all the time.
Fixing means, doing what Krishna said.
For example, Krishna left this world; But, His Bhagavad Gita still lives.
Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON left this world; But, his preachings and writings are still living and will live.
That means what?
If you like to fix and associate with Srila Prabhupada even when he is no more, you can associate if you follow what he preached and wrote.
Similarly, fixing and associating with Krishna means, performing what He preached.
Even if you work as said by Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, that means, you are fixed in Krishna.
I am here in Tamilnadu, India. Thousands of devotees are reading my writings.
That means what?
You are connected with me through these sites that have my prepared contents.
We are not meeting each other. Still we are connected.
Therefore, to fix with someone, both of them need not be in the same place.
Thus, if you do what Krishna said, you are fixed in Krishna.
Karma Yoga chapter of Bhagavad Gita is aimed at teaching us how to get connected to Krishna by performing our duties for Krishna and as said by Krishna.
Gnana Yoga chapter of Bhagavad Gita is aimed at teaching us how to get connected to Krishna through Gyan, ie, knowledge about Krishna.
Bakthi Yoga chapter of Bhagavad Gita is aimed at teaching us how to DIRECTLY get connected to Krishna through direct service to Krishna and Vaishnavas.
The speciality on Bakthi Yoga is that it included both Karma Yoga as well as Gnana yoga.
And, still, it is independent of Karma yoga and Gnana Yogas.
That means, a devotee need not have thorough knowledge about Krishna. Example: Gopis.
However, we are learning about Krishna in these media and through good literatures because, it helps us to set our performance of devotion in a right way by learning through the experience of previous acharyas and devotees.
And, to get Krishna, performing duties is not the precondition.
However, since we are in the kaliyuga and we have to work hard for our survival, we follow karma yoga for living and Bakthi Yoga for getting the mercy of Krishna directly.
Thus, we can conclude that we perform karma yoga instead of just karma.
Working for our pleasures adds karma.
Whereas, working for Krishna takes us closer to Krishna.
Therefore, Surrender means, leading our life as advised by Krishna.
What Krishna said?
He wanted us to work dedicating the results to Him.
He wanted us to know about Him through a guru.
He wanted us to surrender to Himself after abandoning all the varieties of religious practices.
We need not confuse with so many religious practices existing in this world.
If we simply accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, worship Him and also performing our duties leaving the discretion of results to Him, that means, we are in a surrendered state to Krishna.
Not sitting in a solitary place all the 24 hours and praying.
It is impossible because we need to work atleast to maintain our body.
And, we need to worship to Krishna to maintain athma, ie, us.
(1) Accept Krishna
(2) Abandon all varieties of religious practices
(3) Work for Krishna
(4) Know about Krishna from a spiritual master.
This is the surrendered state in the practical terms.
Hope you have understood.