[Advaita-l] vanaprastha in community
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 14 06:54:20 CDT 2009
Vanaprastha is the stage of retirement from the household responsibilities and is the stage of trying to understand the spiritual aspects of whatever Vaidic karma one has been doing as a householder, studying the sacred texts, having spiritual discussions with the Guru and the other Vanaprasthis. Vanaprasthis do not have to give up the fire rituals etc. Only in the next stage of Sanyasha that one gives up the family and the samsara as well as the fire rituals and one cannot stay in one place for long.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya
--- On Sun, 6/14/09, Michael Shepherd <michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk> wrote:
From: Michael Shepherd <michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: [Advaita-l] vanaprastha in community
To: "advaita vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 4:17 AM
Months without questions, and now two at once !
Q: does the tradition speak of vanaprastha as entirely to do with personal
moksha; or is there a wider view of it ? i.e. does the prescribed
dissociation with institutions or organizations, still have a spiritual or
social connection with the community ?
The idea of vanaprastha as social isolation feels to me as lacking something
I hope this question makes some sense..
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