Question: Is surrender important?
Swamiji used to give this example, pointing at me. “Look at my Seenu. Even if I cut him into pieces and throw him in the river, he will join and come back to me”. Surrender is like that. Never give up the Divine.
As long as you are able to surrender, even if the Guru cuts you into pieces, be attached to the Guru. That faith is needed. Be constantly in touch with the Guru, then the Guru can be constantly brainwashing you about the right path, the right things, about meditation.