[Advaita-l] karma for sannyasis
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Thu Jul 4 00:54:51 CDT 2013
On what basis are yatis allowed one type of
ajnAnA (bhakti, pranava japam etc.)
but disallowed another (progeny, cattle)?
If the sanyasi owns progeny & cattle, then what sort of sanyasi is he?
In mahAbhArata (udyOga parva 33-57), it is stated that:
dvAvEva na virAjatE viparItEna karmaNA
gruhasthashcha nirArambhaH kAryavAnshchaiva bhikSukaH
The meaning of the above sloka is that the sanyasi who is treading the nivrutti mArga
should be in his niSTa and the grihastha who is treading the pravrutti mArga should
be in his niSTa. When the two paths gets intermixed, the confusion arises and
leads to "ubhaya-bhraSTatva".
The sanyAsi by constantly associating himself with grihastha will get attracted towards
laukika vAsanAs which results in his ashrama bhraSTatva. Similarly, the grihastha
by constantly associated with sanyAsi would start aping like him and throw off his grihasthAshrama dharma and anuSTAna to winds and behave like pseudo-advaitin.
Both should know their own limits and behave in society.
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