[Advaita-l] Jivanmukti - Jnana plus Sannyasa pt 4
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Thu Oct 8 04:14:56 CDT 2009
1. Renunciation in toto of all efforts including those considered critical
for ensuring the continued life of the body,
2. Living on the absolute minimal of food and that too obtained by chance
and typically as alms,
3. Being completely bereft of ANY possessions whatsoever
4. Having no ties or relationships with anyone else in the world - i.e.
living in solitude
5. Having a mind/intellect singlepointedly and all-cunsumingly devoted
exclusively to the Lord.
I am afraid, these descriptions are good & worth enough to read ONLY on
paper...Nobody (both bygone Acharya-s & presently living saNyAsi-s in any
of the trimatastha saMpradAya) would satisfy above conditions.
Condition No.1 reminds me 'sallekhana vrata' of jaina monks...I request
Sri shyam prabhuji to be more specific when he says :'efforts those
considered critical for sustaining the life of the body'...I donot know
whether these critical efforts include breathing and taking food also. And
how many Acharya-s we see wearing only a strip of cloth?? this includes
my parama guruji also. SanyAsi-s normally wear loin cloth as an inner
garment & on above they wear 2 mtrs. kAshAya vastra.
Condition No. 2 : How many present day Acharya-s fulfilling this
condition?? 'food obtained by chance that too as alms'...I dont know how
many present day Acharya-s following this in toto...No offence is meant
here...Even my parama guruji Sri SSS also was not doing bhikshAtana but I
heard that people used to say : this is the time for bhikshA to
swamiji...But food was supplied to his place...I think this is what is
happening today in traditional advaitik mutts also with a mouth watering
menu :-)) . And I myself seen a saNyAsi Sri jnAnaprasUnendra Saraswati
in Mattur, Karnataka, he used to come from his hermitage to Sri Keshava
AvadhAni ( a gruhastha priest)'s house for bhiksha one time in a day...
Condition No. 3 : I am not able to comment on this...shankara's sarvajna
peeTArOhaNa comes to my mind immediately :-))
Condition No. 4 : Sri RamaNa bhagavAn used to love cow lakshmi and also
insisted a place to bury her after death...shankara bhagavatpAda promised
her mother that he will be there before her death..my parama guruji, as I
heard, used to move with his relations & his pUrvAshrama mates very
frequently..I dont think these are all possible unless there is a 'special
relationship'...Or otherwise, from a vedAntic view : They do, but they
Condition No. 5 : then how shankara went to mandana mishra for 'vAda
bhiksha' ?? why & how he wrote volumes of bhAshya citing pUrvapaxa, why
he wanted to give suitable answer to house wife's question?? How can a
single pointed mind could see somany contradictions & conflictions in
Having said all this, kindly dont think I am outrightly rejecting the
possibility of existence of sanyAsi-s who fulfill all the above
conditions...But if some one does this, he would certainly remain
'anonymous'...not the noted & popular figures...Unfortunately saNyAsi-s
who we know, heard, seen donot fulfill either one of the above conditions.
What we come to know from this?? The bAhyAcharaNa & external attitudes &
activities hardly matters when one is PERFECT renunciate in mind.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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