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CC Madhya 10.55


ātmā samarpiluṅ āmi tomāra caraṇe


nija — own; gṛha — house; vitta — wealth; bhṛtya — servants; pañca-putra — five sons; sane — with; ātmā — self; samarpiluṅ — surrender; āmi — I; tomāra — Your; caraṇe — at the lotus feet.


Appreciating Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s favor, Bhavānanda Rāya also said, “Along with my home, riches, servants and five sons, I surrender myself at Your lotus feet.


This is the process of surrender. As Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings:

mānasa, deha, geha, yo kichu mora
arpiluṅ tuyā pade nanda-kiśora!


When one surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Lord, he does so with everything in his possession — his house, his body, his mind and whatever else he possesses. If there is any obstruction to this surrendering process, one should immediately give it up without attachment. If one can surrender with all his family members, there is no need to take sannyāsa. However, if the surrendering process is hampered by so-called family members, one should immediately give them up to complete the surrendering process.