Surrender and self-reliance

Self-reliance needs enormous courage.

Surrender needs less courage.

A person who cannot surrender cannot be self-reliant either.

If you don't have enough courage to surrender, then it is impossible for you to be self-reliant. You simply fool yourself. People who are afraid to surrender fool themselves. Because even a little fear is detrimental to self-reliance.

If you don't have a hundred dollars, you cannot have a thousand dollars.

Self-reliance contains surrender. Fifty dollars contains ten dollars.

Question: Why does self-reliance need so much courage?

When you want to depend on yourself for everything, there is nobody else, then it needs a lot of courage.

Often people think that surrender is a way to escape from responsibility and they end up blaming the Divine for all their problems. In fact, the true surrender is taking total responsibility for everything.

Susannah: How can we do that?

You take responsibility and you pray for help.

Surrender eventually leads you to self-reliance. Because there is nothing other than the Big Self.