In this age of Kali, the most powerful means of attracting the Lord is by earnestly crying out to him and praying. Just as a mother comes running to her child when she hears her child crying bitterly, similarly, the Lord, being the father, mother, friend, master and the all in all of all the living entities, immediately comes to the devotees who cry out to the Lord in full surrender. However, the prayers, for them to be answered, have to be sincere and from the heart. As long as the child does not cry out and is just only making slight moans, the mother, being engaged in other activities, does not pay attention. Similarly, as long as the Lord sees that the living entity still has the ego of being able to take care of oneself, he does not interfere and rather remains as a witness of the activities of the person. But when Krishna sees that a devotee, giving up all false ego, completely surrenders, accepting the Lord as his only shelter and cries out to him only, the Lord immediately takes personal charge of that fortunate soul, in whose heart strong faith has arisen. Therefore, we must all surrender our very existence at the lotus feet of the Lord and then he shall surely take full charge of our lives, ensuring that we can go back home, back to godhead, to engage in wonderful, all-blissful pastimes with him.
Due to our conditioned state and fallen situation, we are incapable of even praying properly and therefore, the great acharyas have left behind, for our benefit, prayers composed by them, singing which we can pray for the mercy of the Lord. One such beautiful bhajan, written by Srila Bhakti vinod thakur, embodies the true spirit of surrender at the lotus feet of the Lord. In this bhajan, he surrenders his body, mind, family and all else at the lotus feet of the Lord. Accepting the Lord as one’s only friend, beloved, parent, master, he has shown how we should completely surrender, giving up all attachment to material pleasures, possessions and even one’s own dear life, for that too belongs to the Lord. The only aspiration of such a surrendered soul is to forever remain engaged in the service of the Lord and be blessed with the wonderful association of the unalloyed devotees of the Lord. This beautiful bhajan, from the book named Sharanagati, is as follows:
mānasa, deho, geho, jo kichu mor
arpilū tuwā pade, nanda-kiśor!
Mind, body, and family, whatever may be mine, I have surrendered at Your lotus feet, O youthful son of Nanda!
sampade vipade, jīvane-maraṇe
dāy mama gelā, tuwā o-pada baraṇe
In good fortune or in bad, in life or at death, all my difficulties have disappeared by choosing those feet of Yours as my only shelter.
mārobi rākhobi-jo icchā tohārā
nitya-dāsa prati tuwā adhikārā
Slay me or protect me as You wish, for You are the master of Your eternal servant.
janmāobi moe icchā jadi tor
bhakta-gṛhe jani janma hau mor
If it is Your will that I be born again, then may it be in the home of Your devotee.
kīṭa-janma hau jathā tuwā dās
bahir-mukha brahma janme nāhi āś
May I be born again even as a worm, so long as I may remain Your devotee. I have no desire to be born as a Brahma averse to You.
bhukti-mukti-spṛhā vihīna je bhakta
labhaite tāko sańga anurakta
I yearn for the company of that devotee who is completely devoid of all desire for worldly enjoyment or liberation.
janaka, jananī, dayita, tanay
prabhu, guru, pati-tuhū sarva-moy
Father, mother, lover, son, Lord, preceptor, and husband; You are everything to me.
bhakativinoda kohe, śuno kāna!
rādhā-nātha! tuhū hāmāra parāṇa
Thakura Bhaktivinoda says, “O Kana, please hear me! O Lord of Radha, You are my life and soul!”