Holiness is not a state of you having a halo. Holiness is you trying harder.
Universally, whatever country, race or religion, the thought of taking pain and suffering for others onto ourselves, quietly and secretly, is true spirituality.
Surrender means opening up your wounds, pain, suffering and desires. Surrender means you are ready to hear the truth.
Whether we believe in a next life or not is not as important as how we treat others now.
Imagine one day of not lying, not having negative emotions or attachments. Imagine one day of thinking only of others, non-stop. That whole day is filled with light, love, compassion, clairvoyance, skill and great planning for others – an altruistic mind.
-Tsem Tulku Rinpoche