Celebrated Stories of Self-Surrender
For spiritual success, surrender of ego is a must. It is easy to give away material possession such as money, post, service to others, etc. which can be earned again. But is very difficult to leave emotional imbalances reflected in negative forms – kama (lust), krodha (Anger), lobha (Greed), moh (attachment), mada (Over pride), matsara (jealousy), Swartha (Selfishness), Amanavta (Cruelty) etc. It is most difficult to forget one’s ego (I-ness). Once ego is surrendered, all baggage of past as well as current lives are extinguished. When “I-ness” is not there, nothing is there.
There are several live stories of total surrender in Snatana Dharma such as Bhagwan Vamna avatara & Bali; Gajendra moksha, Prahlada & Hiranyakashipu etc.
The Bhagavata Purana describes the amazing form that the Vamana assumes as He grows higher and higher to cosmic dimensions. His feet rest on Rasatala; the sky is His navel; the stars are high on His chest; Dharma is on His heart flanked on both sides by Rita and Satya. Spanning the entire earth with one foot, and the swarga loka and heavens with the other, Vamana waits for Bali to offer the third step as promised.
The righteous Bali is undeterred and shedding his ego offers his entire self to the Lord who is the sole refuge of all beings. Every jivatma has to strive towards this act of total surrender to the Lord to get liberated.