[Advaita-l] RE: On the parakAyapraveSa legend about Sankara
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 24 18:57:11 CDT 2007
> Normally it is said, "na karmaNA na prajayA dhanena thyAge naike
>amruthathvamAnaSuh". After sacrificing all karmas, sanyasa is taken. it is
>interesting information to note that still they are ordained to indulge in
>so many actions, viz., perform "Yogasana" (to keep their body fit !) ;
>teach "AmagnyAna" and deliver "pravachanas"!
Some rules are laid down for those who take to saMnyAsa out of a desire to
know brahman and thereby get liberated. sureSvarAcArya makes it clear in
naishkarmyasiddhi that one should renounce all karma along with its
accessories (karma tat sAdhana saMnyAsaH), but then practices yoga (tato
yogAbhyAsaH) to gain inward mental focus (tataS cittasya pratyak pravaNatA),
which then aids one to properly realize the knowledge conveyed through the
mahAvAkya-s (tatas tat tvam asyAdi mahAvAkyArtha parijnAnam) the removal of
ignorance (tato 'vidyocchedaH) and the establishment in the own Atman
(svAtmany eva avasthAnam).
It is a mistake to think that the saMnyAsin has to practice yogAsana only to
keep the body fit. The maTha or ASrama is not a modern yoga studio. Any
physical fitness that is imparted through the practise of yoga is a side
benefit, not the main purpose of the saMnyAsin's practice. The purpose of
Asana-s is explained well in the brahmasUtra "AsInas sambhavAt."
for a recent discussion on the nature and place of the rules on Asana-s etc.
However, there is no general rule that the saMnyAsin then has to teach and
deliver pravacana-s. No rules apply to the highest brahmajnAnI.
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