sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 16 02:49:49 CDT 2009
To my knowledge, in the Gavardhan Math, established by Adi Sankaracharya in Puri, there have been cases of appointment of Grihasthi-turned-Sanyashis as Mathadhipatis. Even Sureshvaracharya, the first Mathadhipati in Sringeri was a Grihasthi-turned-Sanyashi.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya
--- On Mon, 6/15/09, Dr D Bharadwaj <drdbharadwaj at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Dr D Bharadwaj <drdbharadwaj at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] vanaprasthashrama
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Monday, June 15, 2009, 9:30 PM
Very good observation Jaldharbhai.
Sant Thyagaraja was given a prior intimation by Lord Rama, in a dream
experience, that he was to shed his physical sheath in 10 days' time.
On waking and finishing his ablutions, Thyagaraja goes directly to his elder
brother's house, seeks and obtains his permission to take up sanyas. On the
very same day he takes up Sanyas Diksha.
There was no marked vaanaprastha phase in exemplary the life of this man of
I know instances where the mahaswami of Kanchi had given permission for
sanyas diksha directly from the grihasthaashrama.
sarvE bhavanthu sukhinah
sarvE santhu niraamayaah
sarve bhadrANi pasyanthu
maa kaschit duhkhabhAg bhavEt.
Dr. D. Bharadwaj
drdbharadwaj at gmail.com
dr.d.bharadwjvyaas at gmail.com
On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 6:14 AM, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>wrote:
> The vanaprastha ashrama has always been rather ill-defined. We have
> volumes of dharmashastra about the duties and rituals of the brahmachari,
> grhastha, and sannyasi but next to nothing about the vanaprastha. The
> Nirnayasindhu goes as far as to suggest that the vanaprastha ashrama doesn't
> exist in the Kaliyuga. Certainly historical practice shows that people went
> directly from grhastha to sannyasa without any intermediate stage.
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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