There are two basic categories of man. One who has mentally surrendered to God and one who has not. Surrender is a concept that is essential to the Vedic view on life and the cosmos, by surrendering mentally we allow the intelligence that orchestrates ALL to flow through us rather than constantly challenge it and try to control it (which we never actually can, we can get the temporary illusion we are in control but ultimately time will devour all we think we have “created”).
To reach this point of surrender there are many ways. Some reach there through anguish and suffering at their last ends they reach this point.
Some reach it through association with fellow men who have reached this same point and have totally surrendered and thus the mere association with them is enough to reach this point within themselves. As those who have truly and totally surrendered are quite rare today, this type of meeting is also quite rare.
Through logic and deduction one may reach this point too but it requires that the mind and the heart (soul) are connected as without this one will miss the very source that has brought this creation into place which is pure consciousness or Chaitanya. The thought process might go something like. Who am I actually? Where have I come from and where do I go after my body has finished its mortal existence. All around me are mortals too and where does that go? What is it that is present within the body that continues beyond what we call “death”?
Surrender is so simple and so natural but so forgotten in this day and age. It is not something you can just think to achieve; it has to exist as a total expression from the heart and not just the head.
Many religions have taught an imposed or forced type of conditional surrender, but any time this has been put to the test, it has rarely passed.
For the one who has not (yet) surrendered (I add yet as it is bound to happen some lifetime in the future no matter how far away), life is an endless play of games filled with pleasure and pain. Like a child that does not know who or where its parents are, one acts and thinks and does but it is without any connection to ones source.
For one who has truly surrendered wholeheartedly without any doubt, there is a fullness of life that can not quiet be explained with any mortal words.