Self-reliance needs enormous courage. When there is nobody else or you want to depend on yourself for everything, you need a lot of 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 not possible to be self-reliant; you simply fool yourself. Even a little fear is detrimental to self-reliance.
Self-reliance contains surrender. Fifty dollars contains ten dollars.
Often people think that surrender is a way to escape from their responsibilities, then they end up blaming the Divine for all their problems. In fact, true surrender is taking total responsibility for everything.
© The Art of Living Foundation