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Chennai: It is emphasised time and again that the way to moksha is through surrender (Saranagati) at Lord Narayana's feet. And in support of this, the Gita is quoted. But if moksha is to be got through simply surrendering at the Lord's feet, why did the Lord elaborate on karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and gnana yoga? Surrender is the easy way to moksha. And the Lord suggested this as a means to moksha, because He knew that most of us are incapable of reaching Him through any of the three yogas He had recommended. So His pointing to surrender as a means to reach Him, is for the benefit of ordinary mortals like us, said Valayapet Ramachariar. But for great sages, gnana would be acquired by them, and so they will not have to resort to an easy way to reach Him. So His prescribing the three yogas, is for those who can and will practise them. It is not for those of us who have many limitations.

It is said that Lord Rama granted moksha to even the blades of grass in Ayodhya. Had these blades of grass and other forms of life that the Lord bestowed His grace on, followed any of the three kinds of yoga? How then did the Lord grant them moksha? The plants and trees of Ayodhya had their very existence for the sake of Rama. The trees bore fruits only when Rama was around. The plants put forth blossoms only when Rama was there. It was because of their constant thoughts of Rama, that He granted them moksha. How else could any of these forms of life attain moksha? In the same way, although we have the ability to think and to act and are in this sense certainly superior to plants and trees, we too, are incapable of attaining moksha, but for the Lord's kindness in showing us the path of surrender. If He had not made such a provision for us, we would never get out of the samsaric cycle. So the Lord's laying down surrender as a path to reach Him was for our sake. But He laid down elaborate rules regarding gnana, bhakti and karma yoga, for those who are capable of adhering to them.

We must realise our helplessness and also acknowledge His mercy and willingness to save us. If we do, then He will gladly grant us moksha.

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