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The Process of Saranagati

The essence of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is 18.66 wherein Lord Krsna says, “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear” Below is the Process of Surrender as laid down by our acharyas.

Symptoms of surrender (Srila Sanatana Goswami)

Srila Sanatana Gosvami gives symptoms of full surrender in his Hari-bhakti-vilasa

(11.417):

anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya varjanam

raksisyatiti visvaso goptrtve varanam tatha

atma-niksepa-karpanye sad-vidha saranagatih

"The six divisions of surrender are: accepting those things favorable to

devotional service, rejecting unfavorable things, the conviction that Krsna will

give protection, accepting the Lord as one's guardian or master, full self-

surrender, and humility."

The whole point is that the bhakta does what Krishna likes.

Process of Surrender (as shown by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura)

Saranagati is one of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s popular writings. “Saranagati” means “process of surrender.” The overall mood of the Saranagati is in the mode of humility. Unlike Gitavali where it is was mostly glorifying the Lord and His many forms, Saranagati is primarily in the mode complete surrender. In the first song of the Saranagati, Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains the main contents of the text. The main contents of the text are the six steps in order to have the perfect surrendering to the lotus feet of the Lord. The six steps are Dainya (humility in Section 2), Atma Nivedana (dedication of the self in Section 3), Goptritve Varana (accepting the Lord as one’s only master in Section 4), Avasya Raksibe Krsna Visvasa Palana (faith that Lord Krsna as the sure protector in Section 5), Bhakti Anukula Matra Karyera Svikara (accepting favorable habits and practices towards devotional service in Section 6), and Bhakti Pratikula Bhava Varjanangikara (rejecting unfavorable habits and practices towards devotional service in Section 7). After these sections, Bhajana Lalasa sings of the hankering of devotional service. Siddhi Lalasa is a small section of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Gitamala. The last two songs is a prayer request to the Lord and glorification of the Lord’s name

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