Grandfathers and sannyaasa
Charles A. Hillig
chillig at JETLINK.NET
Wed Nov 20 11:41:40 CST 1996
At 10:29 AM 11/20/96 -0500, you wrote:
> Here is an excerpt from a talk by Shri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha,
> the former Swami of Sringeri:
> `` 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."
> (Divine discourses, Published by Sri Vidyateertha Foundation,
> Mylapore Madras, 600 004, (1994))
> The question is:
> Suppose the above mentioned grandfather stays at home and says he will
> "mentally" renounce everything but stay with his family. Is he being
> honest to himself? It may be better to continue to practise karma or
> bhakti, in his case.
Isn't it possible to be 100% involved and fully participatory in his
and yet to remain 100% detached from the dramas that unfold in it?
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