Question: Does the achievement of complete surrender assure that one will have the possibility of accomplishing self-realisation in this lifetime, or are there other factors that enter the picture?Sri Chinmoy: Mere achievement of complete surrender does not assure self-realisation in this lifetime. There are other factors that must enter into the picture; God's choice hour and the aspirant's receptivity in its fullest measure and the full readiness of the entire being, to name only a few, are required for realisation to dawn on the aspirant. Again, I wish you to know what complete surrender means. It means that the aspirant's surrender is joyful, soulful, spontaneous, unconditional, constant, forever and forever.
Sri Chinmoy, Earth’s cry meets Heaven’s smile, part 1, Agni Press, 1974