Why should we let go?
Well, I really like the idea of letting go. There is a reason for it. I think most of the Mai-Tri people know this already; Mai-Tri practitioners can see the aura of a person. When you see a person, of course, you see the form, but apart from the form, you see the mountain of things they carry. It’s literally mountains; emotions, concepts, fears and phobias and a lot of things we carry. And a lot of it has to do with the terrestrial existence, the world outside. And we relate to the world outside through the eyes of what we carry.
So, if we are seeking only negativity in the world outside, that’s because we are carrying so much negativity inside. If we see anger outside, that means we are carrying anger inside. If we are seeing jealousy, discrimination, various aspects of existence, which are literally bogging us down outside, that means we are carrying it inside. A lot to do with this is is being in harmony with ourselves. So, all these practices are to bring harmony inside. This is the best gift you can give to yourself.
Why should we become free?
Because by nature, we are free. The whole universe is us. And we know it already. Then why do we not feel it? Because our mind does not allow it. The mind has made us narrow, narrow-minded. A narrow mind means ‘me and mine’. The mind dwells on me and mine, in other words, ownership. Ownership makes us limited, very small. So, we don’t really see that we are the universe, or we don’t experience we are the universe, but we are the universe. We know very well we are the universe, but we don’t feel it because the mind limits us, ego limits us, the intellect limits us.
Then we think, “Oh, this is what we are. My world is very small. My world is my family, children, job, work, and all those things.” The mind is telling that. It’s not true. Your whole scope is that you are the entire world, not this world, not the Earth. The Earth is a relatively new world, but we are much older than the Earth. The beginning of the Earth as a platform itself came later than our birth; we are much older. But we don’t understand that; we don’t recognise that; we don’t feel it because our limited mind connected to this incarnation made us feel small.
What do we need to do?
In this life, we must experience the vastness we are; we are really vast. We’re really big, vast; everything is within us. And everything you see around in this world has something to do with us, otherwise we won’t see it. Every relationship, every friendship, every connection, every experience has something to do with us. It’s us. So, we are very important. And ‘us’ does not mean me plus family, or me plus job, or me plus something else, a material like a car or something. No, it’s not that. You, as you. This is it. You are born alone, and you will die alone; you brought nothing here, you will carry nothing from here. So, as simple as that, as empty, as naked as real as you are, as you came, that way, we will go.
Then why do we have regrets, guilt, anger, hatred, jealousy? This is silly, right? It’s absolutely silly. We carry these unnecessary memories; we should be free, happy, relaxed. This we deserve. And sometimes we can’t do that because of ownership – my father, my mother, my child, my husband, my daughter, my brother. This ‘my’, ‘my’, ‘my’ is literally strangling us. But should we not take responsibility? Of course, you should take responsibility, but it doesn’t mean that you become limited because of your responsibility. I hope I’m making it clear. We cannot be limited. We are unlimited by birth, and we will remain unlimited, except that you take the mind off and see, see the truth. You are unlimited. You are indeed unlimited.
How to surrender?
So, I’ll explain surrender first. What is surrender? Surrender simply means that you have identified the source, and you have connected to the source. Surrender, there is nothing called surrender, as you say, from the mind. The mind cannot surrender. The mind is independent by nature. You cannot surrender the mind or from the mind. You cannot surrender to the mind because the mind belongs to you as a constitution. You cannot surrender by the mind or from the mind because the mind doesn’t allow any surrender, like forgiveness. We say, “I forgive”. But then if you don’t forget that thing, it is not forgiven. Like that, surrender by the mind is not surrender; it’s just an exercise or an intellectual or a mental thing.