You have heard about surrender. You know why acceptance is so important for being peaceful. Any situation in your life, whether it’s pleasant or unpleasant is the reality of the moment. Acceptance and surrender to life are keys to spiritual growth. Surrendering to life is saying yes to whatever is. It doesn’t however mean to stop working for what seems right to you. Acceptance means that you acknowledge the situation and instead of wasting your energies in complaining and whining, start putting them in more creative ways to improve the situation.
Some situations in life are beyond correction and improvement. You can’t work to change them. They are your destiny. Some things are simply beyond our control. You can’t bring your childhood back. If you lost a loved one you might not be able to contact him ever again. There are infinite such situations where we have to either accept or to suffer miserably. These situations force you to surrender to life and goad you to embrace acceptance over wallowing in self-pity and tears. But there are some other situations where you might feel that they are not impossible to work upon. You feel that just a punch here and a kick there would turn things the way you always wanted them to. In such situations, you might find yourself procrastinating, complaining, quarreling and regretting over things, where it would be a thousand times better if you just start working to improve them. Acceptance of what is connects to the core of your being and you start feeling the free flow of life which got inhibited earlier. Complaining and crying over matters doesn’t really change them–it can, at best delay changes, if changes are possible at all.
Acceptance releases a great amount of energy trapped in useless emotions and thoughts. Negative energy is not of any use to your organism. It makes you feel ponderous and it makes you feel trapped. It’s harmful for your life and well-being. Acceptance releases energy which was trapped in emotional patterns and pain-body. Complaining and whining is part of your pain-body and when you start surrendering to life this energy gets released from your pain-body and becomes free, positive and creative flow of life. This positive energy not only makes you feel better, healthier and happier but also makes you grow spiritually.
But are there situations where spiritual people need to take a stand and fight?
Generally you see that sages have a smiling grimace with peaceful vibrations surrounding them. People who come in contact with sages also feel peaceful. Sages don’t ask for anything. They have surrendered completely to life. Do they have any ego? Yes and no. They have transcended ego but until there’s a body it needs to be nurtured. More so for a spiritual seeker who has not realized the Self. If a person has no ego–not even the fringe ego at all–he can’t have an ashram–or an organization which is involved in charity and social-service. His body would not sustain as there’s no structure to protect it against the animals, insects, viruses and bacteria. I don’t know if the body of an enlightened sage is immune to these things but a seeker’s body is definitely not.
Self-torture and mortification are not really spiritual. A true seeker needs to take care of his body and mind. He needs to be in company of good people too. He needs proper diet, hygiene and rest. If any of these things is improper his Sadhana–spiritual practices would get adversely affected. In order to ascertain that these things are proper he needs to take care of them. He has to look after his body, his diet, his company and his surroundings. Even when he has surrendered to the life. Surrender simply means taking guidance from the divine instead of taking guidance from the materialistic logical mind. Relying more on your inner guide, your Self, your intuition is surrender. It doesn’t mean however that you start accepting what is completely wrong and unjustified. If there are mosquitoes who bite you and pollute your blood you need to protect your body against them in order to stay healthy. Mosquitos don’t respect a saint’s body as far I know.
It’s true that there are occult powers which help mystics sail through difficulties but it’s futile to keep searching for miracles and occult instead of trying to explore darkness in you which is keeping you from freedom. It’s futile to waste time for acquiring occult powers to just stay healthy and safe. It’s similar to a material person who is trying to accumulate more and more wealth without being able to feel and live life. Similar to mosquitos there are people who are parasites who just want to hang onto a sage to use them. The conventional image of sage which makes people think that he’s always peaceful and never gets angry is good but often attracts people who are opportunists and want to use the sage. The law of Karma is working to keep these people in check but it becomes a need of the situation in life of a seeker or a sage to take a stand against such people.
The sage has to either run away from such people to avoid their company altogether or to make it clear that they can’t use him for their personal gains. His glance is enough to tell him about the deepest of human intentions and underlying causes behind them. Therefore the sage has to take a strong stand against some things which if not kept in check grow like mushrooms after rain. It’s not ego in the deep sense because it’s mostly controlled by the fringe ego devoted to caring for body, mind and surroundings which are indispensable for spiritual practices. The difference between activists and a seeker is that former believe that they can change the world merely by action without having to know themselves at first, whereas, the sage is pretty clear about impossibility of any substantial change without having realized the Self. But to realize the Self he needs to work for it and even after realization the bodily vehicle which is being used by the divine for awakening of others needs to be protected. This is why spiritual people need to take a stand.
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