On Householder and Sanyaasi
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Aug 12 18:42:37 CDT 1997
On Tue, 12 Aug 1997, Nanda Kumar wrote:
> Doesn't the ISHA Upanishad say, "Renunciation is not the renunciation
> of the world, rather the renunciation of the Ego and selfishness" ?
I don't think so. Which verse are you quoting?
> How exactly would you define Sanyaasi? If a Sanyaasi can be defined
> as a person who is entirely devoid of desires and is totally selfless in all
> his activities and has no Ego,
I would agree with that.
> is it impossible for a householder to attain
> this state?
Let's think about it. What defines a householder? family, a job, social
responsibilities. Can any of these be done in a selfless way? I think
not. Imagine a parent for instance who didn't care if his children came
home at night or not. He would be condemned as irresponsible not hailed
as a sannyasi.
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