Grandfathers and sannyaasa

Rushikesh K. Joshi rushi at BRONTO.IITM.ERNET.IN
Wed Nov 20 22:29:15 CST 1996

>   `` A person felt like renouncing home and so wanted to determine the
>     auspicious time to leave. He finally concluded that while an auspicious
>     time is chosen to enter a new house, such is not the case with renouncing
>     home and going away. Hence, he just set out. A grandchild of his cried
>     out, "Grandfather! Grandfather! Where are you going?" Replying, "No, no,
>     I am never going to leave you", he returned to his house."


I am reminded of a tradition which says it is unauspicious if someone
stops you and asks you 'where are you going' when you are just about
to go out of your house on a special task !

Now in this case, the grandchild aksed grandfather the same question.
And thus having started on such an auspicious moment, grandfather's mission
failed and he found himself back home !

So what's the lesson ?
"If you are about to renounce, better see that Panchaang hanging on the
wall and look for an auspicious day !"

Raam Raam.

- Joshi

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