Srila Prabhupada says surrender is to follow all rules and regulations – because surrender means to take shelter, surrender means that one sees the need to take shelter, surrender is not a fight with one’s mind and desires.
One might think that surrender is a fight with my mind and desires:
“My desires are different, I know I should surrender but I don’t feel like it. I have lots of desires.”
No, that’s not the issue, the issues is that we have not understood how much at risk we are, how much in danger we are, we have not understand how much we need to take shelter – if we thoroughly understand that how much we need shelter, then we say :
“These desires, these are dangerous, I might get burnt, No No, not going to do it. I am going to take shelter.” …
Therefore this is the spirit that we understand that life after life we have already been in this material world. How many times have we been in touch with the devotees? We don’t know, But assuming that we did, we still did not attain success but this life has to be different because this lifetime we have come in touch with Srila Prabhupada’s movement – the siddhanta is crystal clear….
Somehow or other we have become connected to a glories samprdaya which has been brought to us by various acharyas who have made everything crystal clear and its Srila Prabhupada took all that and make it intelligible to us.
One time one disciple of Prabhupada was reading a book of Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja. Prabhupada was in Mayapur and Prabhupada saidto him:
“What are you reading?”
“Oh! It’s a book of your Guru Maharaja, Srila Prabhupda”
and Prabhupada said:
“Nobody can understand the writings of my Guru Maharaja – he wrote those books for me.”
So, Srila Prabhupada made it all intelligible to us, he brought it all home to us and what we all have to do is to take shelter and that’s the one thing we need to do and if we don’t then we are not at all safe.
Our bad kali yuga aprarabda karma, and may be some karma from the Dwarpar yuga, who knows, some karma left over from the Treta yuga and possibily some karma from the Satya yuga is still haunting us today. Therefore, we need shelter at every step, therefore we are very carefully taking shelter at the Lotus Feet of Srila Prabhupada and all the followers of Srila Prabhupdada.
In the association of the followers of Srila Prabhupada we become more fixed at his feet and all the loose screws become tighten. Everyboday has a few loose screws in this age of kali, if you know what I mean! But in the association of the followers of Srila Prabhupada gradually little by little the loose screws become tightened. So, in this way I pray that I may always serve the Lotus Feet of Srila Prabhupada in the association of his followers and servants and that I may serve their Lotus Feet. Any questions?…
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Chowpatty, 11th Dec 2010)