Ishwara Pranidhana is the fifth Niyama. Ishwara Pranidhana mean surrender, connecting to something larger than yourself. Ishwara Pranidhana is the voluntary letting go of limited, personal desires for the sake of greater and more fulfilling experience. The practice of self surrender includes dedicated service and performing actions for the welfare of others without selfish expectations. Self surrender is the willing dedication of time, energy, effort, and achievement in the hopes of contributing towards a greater purpose.
Ishwara is the divine or our highest self beyond limitations, suffering, and is the source of all knowledge. Ishwara is also your guide to attaining knowledge. Everything we have is a gift we have received. The appropriate response when receiving gift is gratitude. This is accomplished by sacrificing our selfish attachments, and by working for the welfare of others. Self surrender can be achieved by meditation, obedience, and love.
The goal of this practice is to focus on the quality and intent of our actions, quality of the steps we take towards our goals, but stay detached from the end results while accepting full responsibility for the impact of our action. This practice will bring happiness, peace, and meaning in life because every action is taken for a greater good. When this attitude becomes internalized in our lives, everything that is done is done with devotion, full concentration and easy. This results in high quality of work, freedom from disappointments since we remain calm in spite of not achieving the desired results, and brings satisfaction about our work. Happiness, high self esteem and high morale are the final outcomes of such an attitude.
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