means “Surrender Unto the Lord”. Surrender also called as “आत्मनिवेदन or AtmaNivedana”,  is the highest form of Bhakti or Devotion, where the Self is surrendered to God in entirety. This Surrender is the culmination of the sadhana of Bhakti and Jnana.

Saranaagathi in its true sense is the ultimate aim of all branches of yoga – Karma, Jnana and Bhakti. In Saranaagathi, the devotee is just like a small child, barely months old, which surrenders itself completely and exclusively to the mother’s care, because the child is innately assured of mother’s caring for it. The child does not depend on its self even for a small work. The devotee also becomes completely child-like, entrusting everything into the hands of God.

In most of our day-to-day lives and actions, we have very little “ Saranaagathi” to the Divine. We act as independent beings, and perform all actions of grown-up adults, with the feeling that we have enough mental and physical capabilities to take care of ourselves. But, there is also a “Surrender” that we do here, but in the reverse direction. We surrender to the world around us. We surrender to our temptations, to our sensual pleasures, relationships, emotions, what to speak of big things, even to the smallest thing like “taste buds”, we surrender ourselves. We bend our inner nature for the outer-world. We take the first step towards “Saranaagathi”, in one Swamiji’s words, only when we bend the outer to the inner.

Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita Himself gives the gist of Saranaagathi or self-surrender in “Moksha Sannyasa Yoga or The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation”. (Chapter – 18, Sloka: 66).

सर्व धर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज ।

अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ।।

“Abandoning all duties, take refuge in Me alone; I will liberate thee from all sins. Grieve not.”

With the inspiration of our Revered Gurudev Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj, we have named this effort of ours on the internet as “Saranaagathi – Surrender to the Divine”. We pray to God and Gurudev to bless us with his Grace in our journey towards “Saranaagathi”.

“Work ceaselessly for the Lord but surrender the fruits of all actions to the Lord. Take the Lord as your sole refuge. Live for Him. Work for Him. Serve Him in all forms. Think of Him only. Meditate on Him alone. See Him everywhere. Worship Him in your heart. Consecrate your life, all your action, feelings and thoughts to the Lord. You will rest in Him. You will attain union with Him. You will attain immortal supreme peace and eternal bliss.”

“True and sincere surrender unto the Lord is the essence of Bhakti (God-love). ‘I am Thine, All is Thine. Thy will be done, my Lord’ – This is the best Saranaagathi Mantra or prayer of self-surrender. Seek His will. Do His will. Surrender to His will. You will become one with the cosmic will.”

Swami Sivananda

23 thoughts on “Saranaagathi”

  1. Namaste,

    What a great site. I stumbled upon your site while browsing on the topic of surrendering oneself to the divine. Thank you for sharing your offerings to the Lord with all of us.

    AA No Bhadrah Kratavo Yantu Viswataha. “Let noble thoughts come to us from every side.”


  2. Dear Aparna,
    Was not able to get the pdf file to function correctly so am sending this contact info in the ‘formless’ state.
    We live in Menomonie, Wi which is 60 miles east of Minneapolis, MN. We became involved with DLS way back in 1990 when we attended a one month retreat with H. H. Swami Chidananda. We then lived at the DLS branch in Maryland and became close with Swami Gurudevananda (Sita). Two years ago we stayed at Shivananda Ashram in
    Rishikesh meeting up with long-time friends Swami Vimalananda and Swami Muktananda (Hans). What a wonder blessing that has been.
    We are enthused to hear of a branch coming to Wisconsin and would be overjoyed to contribute in any way we can.
    Hari Om,
    Linda and Larry
    1120 tenth street
    Menomonie, WI
    (we are leaving for India in Jan for 2 months to become certified ayurveda massage and panchakarma therapists.)

  3. Satsang on march 30th with Swami Brahmarupnandaji at Jain Temple Hall 3:30pm to 5:30pm “Hurdles in Spiritual Journey”

  4. Hi, I was wondering if you have a chapter close to Madison, WI? I would like to be involved in satsang activities if possible.

  5. Dear Aparna,

    Very good effort ! Please maintain !

    I was trying to download the story of Shree Hanuman.

    Please give details.

    Dhanyavadams. [pl.try not to publish this reponse]
    vasudeva rao

  6. Dear Aparna ji,
    Jai Sri Krishna
    Sharnagati is a wonderful site. I have managed to get the words of so many strotras and understand them better because of the translations.

    Unfortunately the audio for the Govind Damodar strotra was unavailable. I read some mails where someone has mentioned about one sung by Sri Ramesh bhai Ojha. I was wondering whether you were able to get the CD or the Hari Bol CD that you mentioned about.
    I would be delighted to get these CD’s and would greatly appreciate any help you could provide.


    Jai Sri Krishna.


  7. Dear Aparna ji,
    Jai Sri Krishna
    Sharnagati is a wonderful site. I have managed to get the words of so many strotras and understand them better because of the translations.

    Dear Aparna ji, please the contact Cell Number and E- Mail Address from my e-mail:-

  8. a widow & her physically disabled son ,
    living at panvel , are desperately trying to
    Have a meet with shri.Bhai shree , seeking his devine blessings only , just to
    Have courage to carry on with their life
    Where can they see H.H.bhai shreeji?
    Please do reply .
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  9. Hari Om, after surrendering to Sriman Narayanan .. every moment i am surrennering to Him. can we continue doing meditation?
    i am confused on this as i been practising mediation and involved into it and i feel restless if i dont do meditation. i need help on this.

  10. where is lotus feet of GOD?
    God is said to be omnipresent, how to surrender god? where to surrender the mind? How has two feet? Then why we have the two feet in all temples?
    what does it symbolize?

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