[Advaita-l] RE: Advaita-l Digest, Vol 45, Issue 23

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon Jan 29 21:04:44 CST 2007

On Mon, 29 Jan 2007, Krunal Makwana wrote:

> namo nArAyaNa
> Dear Anbuji,
>> Sanyasa Ashrama is part of Varnasrama Dharma where only the Brahmins are>entitled to Sanyasa.
> Where has your statement been validated? Do you have scriptural reference for the above point?
> Kind regards,Krunal

It's not quite so clear cut.  There are some dharmashastras that suggest 
it or that only dvijas can.  There are others that say anyone can. 
Within the Advaita sampradayas there are orders of sannyasis who 
subscribe to each of these theories.

If the vidya that sannyasis seek is truly ever present and all-pervasive 
and only veiled by Maya then there will always be some way for a person to 
renounce avidya even if it isn't the particular way they imagined.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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