[Advaita-l] Samnyasa and Sankara's position?
ayyar at akilesh.com
Thu Apr 11 10:04:30 EDT 2019
Interesting -- thank you!
On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 9:43 PM S Jayanarayanan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Akilesh Ayyar ayyar at akilesh.com wrote:
> > Namaste,
> > I am wondering what Sankara's position on the necessity of samnyasa for
> > seekers and/or jnanis.
> > My impression is that the traditional understanding is that he does
> > it at least of seekers.
> > However, I have read that he suggests that grihasthas and other
> > non-samnyasins can achieve moksha, which contradicts that idea.
> There are broadly speaking four kinds of sannyAsa:
> 1) markaTa-sannyAsa or "Monkey-like" renunciation:
> This so-called "sannyAsa" is taken up without vairAgya, and is
> denounced by the Wise. e.g. Arjuna's attempt (dissuaded by Krishna).
> 2) vividiShA-sannyAsa or "Seeker's" renunciation:
> The standard sannyAsa that is taken up by those who have vairAgya and
> yearn to know the Self.
> 4) vidvat-sannyAsa or "Knower's" renunciation:
> This is a highly esteemed sannyAsa automatically assumed by one who has
> already known the Self as a gRRihastha or brahmachArin,
> in order to attain *STEADINESS* (niShThA) in the Self! e.g. yAGYavalkya.
> 4) Atura-sannyAsa or "Deathbed" renunciation:
> A dying man who wishes to take his last breath as a sannyAsin.
> Here's a more elaborate explanation regarding the illustrious third kind
> BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 7 (Summary)
> Feb 19, 2009
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