[Advaita-l] RE: Dharma

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 25 13:41:14 CST 2004

>Now, my question is not in anyway related to the arrest of the AchArya. It 
>is related to dharma. The acharya was a sannyasi and was regarded as the 
>upholder of dharma. But are we not in agreement that a householder follows 
>dharma while a sannyasi renounces it? Renunciation not in the sense that 
>the sannyasi follows adharma, but in the sense that he has renounced the 
>world and dharma is also a part of tthe world. More generally, should a 
>sannyasi renounce dharma or should he uphold it? Or does a sannyasi have 
>his own dharma? (which appears a bit odd considering that he is a 

The answer to this question is to be found in Sankaracarya's introduction to 
the gItAbhAshya. There are two kinds of dharma - pravRtti, that of action, 
and nivRtti, that of withdrawal from action. Ideally, the sannyAsin 
renounces the former and upholds the latter.


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