[Advaita-l] Karma yoga: the kinder, softer preparation for self-inquiry and surrender

Raghav Kumar Dwivedula raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 08:43:41 EDT 2021

Namaste Venkat ji
Thanks for sharing those excellent quotes from Guru Vachaka Kovai
establishing Bhagavan's views on the imperative of sannyAsa.


On Fri, 19 Mar, 2021, 4:27 pm Ven Balakrishnan via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Apologies, I am joining the discussion late.  But I noted that someone
> asked where has Ramanamaharishi ever stated that renunciation is necessary.
> In Guru Vachaka Kovai, the most authentic collection from his talks, which
> he himself proofed:
> 828: The path of sannyasa is like treading on slippery ground. Even if a
> slip only occurs in the mind, great harm is still sure to result.  It is
> therefore the duty of the person who Is walking on the slippery ground of
> sannyaa to ensure, by vigilance, that the perfidious pramada does not gain
> clandestine access into his heart.
> 829: It is impossible for anyone to determine definitively his lifespan.
> Therefore for the jivas who are trying hard to attain the powerful state of
> kaivalyam, it is most beneficial to renounce the world without delay, at
> the very moment that aversion to the body and the world arises.
> 830: Just as a ripened fruit separates effortlessly from the tree and
> falls, when a sadhaka who is aiming to merge his mind in the supreme
> attains maturity, he will definitely renounce family life as unsalted gruel
> unless his unfavourable prarabdha stands in the way
> 831: Only those who have extricated themselves from the multitude of
> things that, like a dream, appear within them, by regarding those things as
> mere imagination, will root out the deception, the illusory corruption.
> None of the others willl know the means to put an end to that corruption.
> And he goes on with further verses.
> For Ramanamaharishi, who viewed the world as entirely unreal, renunciation
> would natural - like a ripe fruit falling - as understanding accumulated.
> However for him, there was no point in mere physical renunciation without
> mental renunciation as well.  Hence if someone had to ask whether to
> renounce, then the mere fact of asking showed that s/he was not ready for
> renunciation - so why confuse or add to the mental burden of such a
> seeker.  And as Krishna notes in BG, only the very rare seeker attains
> jnana - hence for the majority of us, we still have to perform sadhanas as
> best as possible . . . until we are ready.
> venkat
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