[Advaita-l] Sanyasins

D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ dvnsarma at gmail.com
Fri Mar 29 07:29:06 CDT 2013

Sanaka, Sanandana, Santkumara, Santsujata, Suka etc.

In Mahabharata there is discussion between a father and son about merits
and demerits
of going throgh the four asramas on onehand and taking sanyasa right after
(Santi or Anusasanika parva).

Some people do not even without taking brahmacharyasrama leave the sansara.
Example is Suka.

यं प्रव्रजंतमनुपेतमपेत कृत्यम्
द्वैपायनो विरहकातर आजुहाव।
पुत्रेति तन्मयतया तरवोभिनेदुः
तं सर्वभूतहृदयं मुनिमानतोस्मि।।

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM, vijay kartik <vijaykartik_2004 at yahoo.com>wrote:

>     Dear Members,
> Please forgive me if this is a very naive or utterly ignorant question.
> I know that as per traditional Vedic living, a man goes through the 4
> stages from Brahmacharya to Gruhastha to Vanaprastha to Sanyasin.
> Of course Adi Sankara became a Sanyasin right from Brahmacharya stage as
> we know from his life story.
> Similar to Adi Sankara, were there many Sanyasins before his time like him
> who did not pass through Gruhasthasrama and Vanaprastha?
> In other words, even before Adi Sankara, did a long list of Sanyasins
> exist similar to him?
> Please clarify
> Vijay
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