[Advaita-l] Women and Paramahamsa sannyasa
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Fri Mar 16 23:49:06 CDT 2012
That Shankara is quoting from the Mahabharatha, a smRti, is evident from
this episode found in the shAntiparvan (MokShadharma) therein:
The exact quote from Mahabharata is here:
bhikSukItyanEna strINAMapi prAgvivAhadvA vaidhavyAdUrdhwaM
sanyAsE(a)adhikArOstIti darshitaM / tEna bhikSAcharyaM mOkSashAstra
shravaNaM EkAntE AtmadhyAnaM cha tAbhirapi kartavyaM
*tridaNDAdikaM* cha dhAryaM
Which implies sanyasa was given to women who used to have tridaNDa etc.
However, the adhikAra is before marriage or after attaining widowhood.
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