Surrender, Self-offering and Consecration
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
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." In the course of your self-offering,
you start unifying your being around what has taken the first decision
- the central psychic will.
All the jarring elements of your nature have to be harmonised, they have
to be taken up one after another and unified with the central being. You
may offer yourself to the Divine with a spontaneous movement, but it is
not possible to give yourself effectively without this unification.
The more you are unified, the more you are able to realise self-giving.
And once the self-giving is complete, consecration follows:
it is the crown of the whole process of realisation, the last step of
the gradation, after which there is no more trouble and everything runs
But you must not forget that you cannot become integrally consecrated
You are often deluded into such a belief when, for a day or two, you have
a strong movement of a particular kind. You are led to hope that everything
else will automatically follow in its wake; but in fact if you become
the least bit self-complacent you retard your own advance. For your being
is full of innumerable tendencies at war with one another - almost different
personalities, we may say. When one of them gives itself to the Divine,
the others come up and refuse their allegiance. "We have not given ourselves,"
they cry, and start clamouring for their independence and expression.
Then you bid them be quiet and show them the Truth.
Patiently you have to go round your whole being, exploring each nook and
corner, facing all those anarchic elements in you which are waiting for
their psychological moment to come up.
And it is only when you have made the entire round of your mental, vital
and physical nature, persuaded everything to give itself to the Divine
and thus achieved an absolute unified consecration that you put an end
to your difficulties. Then indeed yours is a glorious walk towards transformation,
for you no longer go from darkness to knowledge but from knowledge to
knowledge, light to light, happiness to happiness....
The complete consecration is undoubtedly not an easy matter,
and it might take an almost indefinitely long time if you had to do it
all by yourself, by your own independent effort.
But when the Divine's Grace is with you it is not exactly like that. With
a little push from the Divine now and then, a little push in this direction
and in that, the work becomes comparatively quite easy.
Of course the length of time depends on each individual, but it can be
very much shortened if you make a really firm resolve. Resolution is the
one thing required - resolution is the master-key.
in CWM, volume 3, "Questions and Answers 1930-31",
published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA