By surrender we mean ... a spontaneous self-giving, a giving of all yourself to the Divine, to a greater Consciousness of which you are a part. Surrender will not diminish, but increase, it will not lessen or weaken or destroy your personality, it will fortify and aggrandise it. Surrender means a free total giving with all the delight of the giving. . . . True surrender enlarges you; it increases your capacity; it gives you a greater measure in quality and in quantity which you could not have had by yourself. This new greater measure of quality and quantity is different from anything you could attain before: you enter into another world, into a wideness which you could not have entered if you did not surrender. It is as when a drop of water falls into the sea; if it still kept there its separate identity, it would remain a little drop of water and nothing more, a little drop crushed by all the immensity around, because it has not surrendered. But, surrendering, it unites with the sea and participates in the nature and power and vastness of the whole sea.

Surrender is the decision taken to hand over the responsibility of your life to the Divine. Without this decision nothing is at all possible; if you do not surrender, the Yoga is entirely out of the question. Everything else comes naturally after it, for the whole process starts with surrender. You can surrender either through knowledge or through devotion. You may have a strong intuition that the Divine alone is the truth and a luminous conviction that without the Divine you cannot manage. Or you may have a spontaneous feeling that this line is the only way of being happy, a strong psychic desire to belong exclusively to the Divine: "I do not belong to myself," you say, and give up the responsibility of your being to the Truth. Then comes self-offering: "Here I am, a creature of various qualities, good and bad, dark and enlightened. I offer myself as I am to you, take me up with all my ups and downs, conflicting impulses and tendencies — do whatever you like with me."

To will what the Divine wills is the supreme wisdom.

Rosa ‘Edward’
Medium-sized double highly fragrant pink flower. A large shrub.

Loving Surrender

A state that can be obtained by surrendering to the Divine.

All fully double medium to large solitary pink flowers, except Surrender and Perfect surrender. Shrubs of all sizes.

Detailed Surrender
A surrender that neglects nothing.

Rosa chinensis 'Minima
Fairy rose, Pygmy rose
Small double pink flowers in large tight clusters. A small shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Nature Snooper

Mental Surrender
Occurs when the mind has understood that it is only an instrument.

Medium to large yellow flower tinged with orange. A medium to large shrub.

Perfect Surrender
The indispensable condition for identification.

Rosa ‘Paul Neyron’
Large double highly fragrant deep pink flower. A medium to large shrub.

Pure Spiritual Surrender
Candid, simple, spontaneous and complete in its multiplicity.

Rosa 'Prosperity'
Small very fragrant semi-double ivory white flower tinged with pink; borne in full pendulous sprays. A vigorous climber.

Surrender of All Falsehood
Let us offer all our falsehoods to the Divine so that He may change them into joyous truths.

Nerium oleander
Oleander, Rosebay
Sweetly fragrant double bright rose pink salverform flower with five separated petals, with a delicate fringed corona; borne in loose cymes. A prolific flowering shrub with stiff lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Nemo's great uncle

Sweetness of Power Surrendered to the Divine (Sweetness of Auroville)
Sweetness itself becomes powerful when it is at the service of the Divine.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single light gold to apricot yellow flower with crinkled petals and a striking white to light pink pinwheel centre.

Photo Courtesy: Gaeti