[Advaita-l] Fw: Re: waking, dreaming, sleeping, as mutually supportive

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 21 15:02:49 CDT 2009

> My view is that the gnaana maarga is apt only for the Brahmanas because of
> the guna composition of his varna and not suitable for persons of other
> varnas for the same reason. A mumukshu becomes a sanyaasi on the initiation
> by a Guru and on realization becomes a Guru himself. Such ability to impart
> knowledge is part of realization. The Sankara, Vaishnava and Maadhva Mutts
> are examples of who had the adhikaaram to become a Sanyaasi. Those who
> realized through other maargas seldom competed for such adhikaaras.

The reality is that saMnyAsa is approved of and historically well-known for all

dvija-s. In fact, there are well documented examples of saMnyAsins and maThas

associated with other varNas. For example, the Kovilur Math in Tamil Nadu,

associated with the Nattukottai Chettiars (www.kovilur.com) and the Haldipur

Vaishya Math in Karnataka (www.vaishyagurumath.org) are both seats of 

saMnyAsin lineages from merchant communities and both have historical

records of getting initiation from the Sringeri AcAryas.


So, this argument that the jnAna mArga is to be limited to only brAhmaNa-s

and that people of other varNa-s have no adhikAra to become saMnyAsins

would seem like an ultra-conservative view that is not upheld even by some

of the most notable AcAryas of advaita vedAnta tradition.


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