[Advaita-l] Sankara on sannyAsa for Steadiness in GYAna (was Re: Jivanmukti - Jnana plus Sannyasa pt 5)
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon Oct 19 00:10:00 CDT 2009
On Sun, 18 Oct 2009, Sunil Bhattacharjya wrote:
> Dear friends,
> We have arrived at a critical position. Can I put the problem as
> follows. Of course, I request the Vedantic scholars to say if I have put
> the problem properly. It is as follows:
> The Parivrajaka alone gives up fire and thus he gives up the Vedic
> rituals and this means he gives up the mortal world and does not aim for
> the Swarga either and his only aim is the Moksha.
A clarification here. The shastras always talk about renouncing the fire
because agnihotra is the archetype of karmas. But everything concerning
agnihotra is applicable mutatis mutandis to sandhya, or working in a
factory, or any other type of action.
> In other words he rejects both this mortal and the heaven but seeks that
> which pervades both, ie. the Brahman.
He rejects more than heaven but all purposeful goals (of which attaining
heaven is the archetype.)
> It seems Lord Buddha got an inspiration for his
> middle path from such a stand of Baudhayana.
The Buddhists want extinction. They do not want liberation like Astikas
because they do not believe there is any state to be liberated to.
> If this is so then can any
> of the other three ashramas, who performs the Vedic rituals through
> fire, transcend Swarga and get Moksha.
Once again let me stress that any intentional action is an impediment to
moksha not just "Vedic rituals."
> As regards Janaka, it may then be considered as an exception to the
> above position.
Public figures like Janaka may continue to appear to practice karma as an
example to others. Furthermore an emperor with a vast number of
ministers, soldiers, and servants at his disposal might not actually have
that much "work" to do.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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