ahudli at APPN.CI.IN.AMERITECH.COM
Mon Nov 18 13:39:40 CST 1996
Jaldhar Vyas wrote:
> On Mon, 18 Nov 1996, Ken Stuart wrote:
> > Hello,
> > On Fri, 15 Nov 1996 11:34:10 -0500, "Jaldhar H. Vyas"
> > <jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM> wrote:
> > >True, just being a sannyasi doesn't guarantee Moksha but not being a
> > >Sannyasi guarantees you won't acheive Moksha.
> > According to which scripture (including chapter and verse please) ?
I think we have been through this discussion already.
But here goes.
sasaadhanaM karma sannyasya shariirayaatraamaatracheshhTo yatiH
jnaananishhTho muchyate |
Renouncing (sannyasya) all karmas together with their accessories,
and doing only what is necessary for the bare maintenance of the body,
the sannyaasii who steadfastly practises jnaana, gets liberated.
(Giitaa bhaashhya of Shankara)
ekasya purushhasya jnaanakarmaNoH virodhaat.h yugapadanushhThaanaM
na sambhavati |
The same person *cannot* practise jnaana and karma simultaneously, since
the two are contradictory to each other.
Now, according to classical Vedanta, a householder cannot stop
doing karma, and yet remain as a householder. The only option is
to take up sannyaasa. So this logical means that one has to be a
sannyaasii in order to practice jnaana.
Again, this is a difficult matter, since later advaitins have
argued for jiivanmuktas being in the midst of samsaara, performing
karmas, although without any attachment to those karmas. It seems
to be safe to assume that it is extremely rare for a person to
get liberated (mokshha) while engaged in worldly life.
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