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Surrender to Krishna and Be Happy Forever

By: on June 26, 2021
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If we surrender to Krishna, then all our miseries will immediately end. This is confirmed by Krishna himself in Bhagavad Gita 18.66, “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.”

In spite of Krishna’s assurance, we refuse to completely surrender to Krishna. Why is it so? Either we do not have complete faith in Krishna’s words, or we are so ignorant that we fail to understand the message of Krishna.

Words of Krishna, the Supreme Lord, should be taken seriously. Krishna is not an ordinary person like you and me. He is the Supreme Lord. He is the creator and maintainer of the entire world. Scriptures confirm this. Brahma Samhita 5.1 says, “Kṛṣṇa who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.”

If Krishna is saying something, then it should be taken seriously. So, if Krishna is asking us to surrender then we should not just believe in his words but should also act on them.

Srila Prabhupada explains that we once belonged to the spiritual world where we enjoyed our life with Krishna. But sadly, we decided to come to this material world because we wanted to enjoy an independent life. Away from Krishna, we are undergoing many sufferings. We have forgotten our spiritual homes, our spiritual families, and most importantly the love of Krishna.

Our condition is like a child who decides to abandon his father and mother and runs away from the house. The adamant child thinks that an independent life will give him great joy. He does not realize that he is voluntarily inviting unlimited miseries. Just like an orphan child, we are struggling in this material world which is not our real home. We have forgotten the love and warmth of our spiritual homes. Although a child may abandon his parents, the mother and father always want him to return home. They are always ready to forgive and forget all the mistakes of their child.

Similarly, Krishna, the Supreme Father, is also eager to get re-united with us. He wants us to come back to Him. He makes many arrangements to facilitate our return to the spiritual world. Around 5000 years back Krishna appeared in this world for us, to inspire us, so that we return back to him. Once we are with him miseries will not touch us. 

Srila Prabhupada following the footsteps of great Vaishnava acharyas taught us how to practice devotion to Krishna and how to surrender to Krishna. He explains the meaning of surrender, “surrender means one should simply accept favorable service to Kṛṣṇa and reject anything which is unfavorable, and then next is avaśya rakṣibe kṛṣṇa viśvasa-pālana", and to be firmly convinced that 'Kṛṣṇa will give me all protection."

Lecture on SB 6.3.16-17 -- Gorakhpur, February 10, 1971

So, with this understanding let us try our best to surrender to Krishna and enjoy happy life forever.

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