[Advaita-l] Knowledge, renunciation and varNASrama rules

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 06:38:30 CDT 2010

Hari OM, Bhaskar ji,

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 4:51 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> >  shankara says except brAhmaNa no one is eligible to take saNyAsa..but
> again it is a controversial issue as there is a second opinion in
> shankara's works itself & in sureshwara's works...But shankara never ever
> denied mOksha to stree & shudra-s..If you have any specific quote with
> regard to the denial of mOksha to shUdra & stree in prasthAna trayi
> bhAshya pls. bring it on we can discuss it together...By allowing mOksha
> to stree & shudra-s shankara implicitly saying saNyAsa is NOT a must to
> attain mOksha.

If Bhagavatpada is saying that strI or shUdra can attain moksha without
saMnyAsa, I do not think it is implicit that for a brAhmaNa too, saMnyAsa is
not a must to attain moksha. Could you kindly clarify as to if
Shankaracharya has explicitly mentioned that elsewhere specifically for a
brAhmaNa/ dvija?

--Praveen R. Bhat
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