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Lord stands by all those who surrender

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Date: Fri Feb 23 2001 - 19:46:28 PST

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      CHENNAI, FEB. 24. ``A cry for protection, be it from a friend or foe,
draws forth My instant response. I declare firmly and resolutely, that the
duty of giving refuge to a tormented soul who seeks My help is paramount to
Me. Should however the person turn inimical to Me, the tip of My little
finger can crush him and any other adversary, however formidable. Even one
who is antagonistic towards Me, who sues for peace and protection with hands
folded in supplication, is entitled to compassion. Absolute surrender
invalidates the merits of the case. It is My solemn covenant that I stand by
anyone who surrenders his all to Me. Let him take shelter in Me alone as the
highest Divinity and I shall then deliver him from all sins and bondages. He
should thereafter live a life of pure devotion.''

      These emphatic statements made by God in His incarnation as ordinary
human being moving amidst even common men, bring hope and cheer to everyone
who may feel that having erred in so many ways, he may not be entitled to
approach Him. Many are the paths prescribed in the scriptures but they may
be hard to understand and impossible of adoption owing to restrictions and
observances enjoined for them. The fruit to be obtained by pursuing them may
also be at too great a distance. Hence the assurances of the Lord, arising
from His boundless mercy, put an end to the sorrows of all those who
surrender, pleading that they are helpless and that He alone should be their
saviour.

      Such a step of taking refuge in Him, adopted without any doubt the
Lord's powers, by anyone makes the Lord assume the responsibility to save
him. After their surrendering at His feet, the penitent should abide by the
scriptural injunctions governing his conduct and day-to-day activities till
the final call comes. Such a procedure will surely lead him to God's
Kingdom, never to come back to this world of turmoil. There, in His land, he
can engage himself in doing service to the Lord. What more commitment can
God give to the men in distress?

      In a discourse, the Jeeyar Swami of the Ahobila Math said, a devotee
should know his relationship with the Supreme Force and digest the contents
of the scriptures (as elaborated by spiritual leaders) and get rid of the
hindrances preventing him from reaching the goal - of resting in peace after
salvation. The Vedas and allied utterances clearly indicate who alone can
deliver him from his sins and lead him to the Moksha. The remedy is to
obtain the grace and favour of the Supreme Lord, whose clarion call is
``Offer surrender to Me''. While acknowledging Sriman Narayana's powers to
grant reprieve there should be no hatred against any one else.




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