[Advaita-l] Samnyasa and Sankara's position?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Apr 9 22:48:45 EDT 2019

On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 6:36 PM Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste Bhaskarji,
> May I ask how you would interpret the Aitareya introduction excerpts that I
> posted? I would be quite interested to know. Particularly these quotes:
> *Not so... the constant habit of resorting to any particular house of one's
> own is prompted by desire. When there is no clinging to any particular
> house of one's own, there follows begging alone, as a matter of course...*
> and
> *From the fact that a fresh injunction of renunciation, despite its
> emergence as a matter of course (as in the case of a man of illumination),
> is met with [footnote: In Br. Up. III v. I. etc. -- 'Knowing this very
> Self, the Brahmanas renounce...and lead a mendicant life."] ,it becomes
> evident that it is obligatory for the man of illumination.

The shruti passage quoted above has been interpreted differently by two

In the Jivanmukti viveka, Sri Vidyaranya takes this passage as authority
for vidvat sannyasa.  In the gloss to the Brihadaranyaka Bhashya for this
passage, Sri Anandagiri says 'this is a reference to paroksha jnana.'  I
had pointed out this remark by Anandagiri ( I think in two places) to
renowned scholars some years back. Members here may please verify the above
and give their opinion.


> And monasticism
> is obligatory even for the unillumined soul that hankers after
> emancipation. ... Besides, such means for the realization of the Self as
> physical and mental control etc. are incompatible with other stages of
> life."*
> It seems that Sankara is saying that both jnanis and seekers -- the jnanis
> because they lack desire and it will be automatic; the second because
> physical/mental control are not otherwise possible -- must undertake
> sannyasa. No?
> On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 8:11 AM Bhaskar YR via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

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