[Advaita-l] Reply to Sri Vidyamanya Tirtha's observations
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 28 01:38:39 CST 2013
> H S CHANDRAMOULI
> Dear Sri Vidyashankarji,.
> I have a small correction to make in your reply. You say < Either way,
> the process has to go through
> a state where karmA is renounced, either formally in the traditional
> conception of vividishA saMnyAsa
> or as a matter of course, no matter what ASrama they find themselves in > .
> Bhagavatpada is very clear that at this stage of one's sadhana it is
> absolutely essential to take to sanyasa ashrama for reaching the Goal of
> Brahma jnana( ref Brahma Sutra Bhashya 3-4-20. This also has cross
> references to various shruti / smriti vakyas . It is only in exceptional
> cases that this jnana arises even in persons ( like king Janaka or Vamadeva
> for example ) who are in other ashramas but it is concluded that in such
> cases they would have undergone the due process of sanyasa ashrama in one
> of their earlier janmas.
Let me clarify. I am not saying anything about saMnyAsa as an ASrama beyond
noting that formal entry into it is possible for the vividishA case. What I mean
about the giving up of karmA when jnAna arises, no matter the ASrama of the
person, is the following. This is admittedly a rare case, but if and when that
happens, the subsequent saMnyAsa is a matter of course. This is what is called
vidvat saMnyAsa. I do not mean to say anything else about the conduct of such
a person. In the case of formal saMnyAsa for the jignAsu, the giving up of karmA
is a means to realize one's intrinsic a-kartRtva. In the case of vidvat saMnyAsa,
a-kartRtva is already established.
It is only to accommodate both these possibilities that the jAbAlopanishat says,
brahmacaryAd vA gRhAd vA vanAd vA ... yad ahar eva virajet tad ahar eva
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