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

Anbu sivam2 anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 07:01:24 CST 2007

Adopting any particular ashrama is by one's own choice.  The choice is
within the confines of entitlement.  I do not disagree that there are
traditions that allow sanyasa irrespective of varna and sex.  Such options
are more political rather than religious.  The orthodox religious practices
had their own reason.  I believe that Guna of each varna also plays in the
entitlement.  The uinorthodox need no reason and if needed they can make up

History is replete with exceptions.  However exceptions prove the opposite.

With Narayanasmrithi,

On 1/30/07, Ramesh Krishnamurthy <rkmurthy at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 29/01/07, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> > For some enlightened souls who have gathered spiritual merit over many
> > lifetimes--the second type, formal investiture into sannyasa might not
> be
> > necessary but renunciation of the world inevitably follows anyway.
> > Maharshi Yajnavalkya is a good example of this.
> >
> Apart from Maharshi Yajnavalkya, I think Ramana Maharshi is a great
> example of this in recent times.
> For that matter, it is not clear whether Sankara took "formal"
> sannyasa at any time. It is possible that his guru initiated him when
> the two met on the banks of the Narmada, but Sankara had already
> renounced the world by then.
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