The following are the words of Maharaj Charan Singh on surrender extracted from Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. III:
Surrendering to the will of the Master means helping ourselves to rise above the realm of mind and maya, helping our soul leave the mind. When we make the soul whole and pure, then we are surrendering to the will of the Father, the will of the Master.
Before that, we are still living in the will of the mind. We are not living in the will of the Master at all. You can say, I am living in the will of the Master because I am steadfast on the principles of Sant Mat – I am attending to my meditation and living the way of life as taught to me. So, in a broad sense, you are living in the will of the Master.
Actually, you live in the will of the Master only when you are able to release your soul from the clutches of the mind. You have to go beyond the realm of mind and maya for your soul to be absolutely pure. Then there is no covering on the soul and it lives in the will of the Father. Otherwise, the soul is always enveloped by and under the sway of the mind.…
Surrender is when we take our ego and I-ness out of us. As long as the mind dominates the soul, there can be no surrender. When the soul dominates the mind, then you can say you are in a position to surrender to somebody.… We have to surrender ourselves to the Master. It means we have to take our ego out of us and blend our whole heart with his heart. He is already merged with the Lord, and by merging ourselves with him we are automatically merged into the Lord. That can be done only by meditation. The more we meditate, the more we are driving out ego. By doing so, we will be drawn towards the Master, and we are automatically surrendering to him; and through him, we are surrendering to the Lord himself.…
So we can surrender unconditionally only when we go inside, see the Radiant Form of the Master, merge ourselves in him and then go ahead. That is the real unconditional surrender. But we have to work for that while living in this world. To attain the real surrender, which we call sharan, we have to remain within the dictates and principles that were told to us at the time of initiation. We have to put forth our honest efforts to remain on the path, to give time to meditation. That, in a way, is surrender to the Master, and this surrender will lead to the internal surrender, the real or unconditional surrender. That will be when we see the Master inside, forget our self and merge in his will, in his love. We will feel that we are the Master there – ‘we’ do not exist.
If my tongue were to multiply into a hundred thousand,
or even twenty times that, with each tongue
I would repeat a hundred thousand times
God’s one Nam.
Gurbani Selections, Vol. I