Grandfathers and sannyaasa
MSR at ACS.TAMU.EDU
Wed Nov 20 15:30:14 CST 1996
On Wed, 20 Nov 1996, Anand Hudli wrote:
> The question is:
> Suppose the above mentioned grandfather stays at home and says he will
> "mentally" renounce everything but stay with his family. Is he being
> honest to himself? It may be better to continue to practise karma or
> bhakti, in his case.
By renunciation one need not deny the love for his family instead
the whole world should be embraced as one's family. This is the idea of
renunciation I got when I was reading the biographies of great saints
like shrii Paramahansa Yogananda. Regarding practising karma and bhakti,
I think Giri's mail ( shrii Ramana's quote) answers it very well.
I was showing this mail to my friend, he made a wise remark.
According him, one leaves one's house just to learn to renounce. If he
had renounced already he doesn't have a house to leave and a grand child
to deny his love. There is only one renunciation.
I think the problem is a lack of guru. For it is the guru's
responsibility to take such decisions.
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