By Swami Chinmayananda


” Tasmat tvam uttistha yaso labhasva , Jitva shatrun bhunksva rajyam samrddham |
Mayaivaite nihatah purvam eva, Nimitta-matram bhava savya-sacin”- Gita 11.33


The authority with which Lord Krishna speaks to Arjuna even before the start of the battle says it all – “ These mighty Kaurava warriors have already been killed by Me.  You merely be My instrument and take all credit of winning the war.”

The Lord will get His plans executed anyway.  There can be none to object if He has decided. In the grand scheme of time, plans will get executed as ordained. Individuals are mere tools in the hands of the Lord.

What is the great grand plan that He executes with these tools? As the Lord says in fourth chapter of Bhagavad Gita, it is to establish righteousness (dharma samsthaapana).  Total surrender means allowing Him to use His tools according to His Will. This attitude, that “God alone is the Doer and I am a mere tool”, frees us from all our imaginary fears and anxieties instantly.

A wealthy man was full of worries, in spite of having everything the world could give.  He was never happy.  He had a maid who knew what it was have trust in the Lord.

One day, when he found his master worrying himself to death, he said to him, “Master, is it not true that the Lord ran this world before you were born into it?”

“Yes!” said the master.

“Is it not true that the Lord will run this world after you leave it?”

Again the master said “Yes!”

“Then,” said the maid, “why not allow the Lord to run the world while you are in it?”

In surrender, our actions gain a new glow, a greater efficiency as the self-asserting ego is no more there to interfere with the Divine plan.

Let’s us stop interfering. It is His world. We are His tools. He has His ways and He knows what is the best.  Let us remain a hollow flute and allow Him to play His music.