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I want to take up Sannyasa! (Ascetic Life.)
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:23:12 PM »
Someone came to Bhagavan Ramana, (many have done like that),
and asked, "Whether I can take up Sannyasa?"  Bhagavan Ramana,
as usual forbade them saying that the way of life is not a hindrance
to self enquiry.  The man persisted:  "Give your permission."
Bhagavan Ramana did not reply. Then the man picked up courage
and said:  "How come, you took up Sannyasa and now say that
I should not!"

Bhagavan Ramana said:  "But I did not ask anybody.  I definitely
did not seek permission from any one nor wait  for their permission,
like you do."   

(This clearly shows that the man wanted Bhagavan Ramana's
seal of approval, so that others can blame Him at a later date!)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: I want to take up Sannyasa! (Ascetic Life.)
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 04:14:50 PM »
nice one sir.

another time when someone asked the same question he answered as

D: Should I not renounce my home?

M: If that had been your destiny the question would not have arisen.

Just as a wife comes to one only in accor-dance with prarabdha, which is the fruit of karmas done by one in former lives, so the outward renun-ciation (sannyasa) also comes to one only in accor-dance with prarabdha. If outward sannyasa does not come to you of its own accord in accordance with prarabdha, do not have desire for it; if you remain free of all desire (including even the desire to live the outward life of a sannyasi), that itself is true sannyasa. -- From A Light on the Teaching of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi The Essence of Spiritual Practice (Sadhanai Saram) By Sri Sadhu Om


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Re: I want to take up Sannyasa! (Ascetic Life.)
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 09:52:23 AM »

Dear prasanth,

After a long time, I read the conversation between Paul Brunton
and Bhagavan Ramana.

Once Paul Brunton asked, among many questions:  "Should I
renounce all possessions?"

Bhagavan Ramana, in His typical candid and brief reply said:
"Renounce the possessor too!"

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: I want to take up Sannyasa! (Ascetic Life.)
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 07:36:19 PM »
Sri Bhagavan said:

"Why do you think you are a grihasta? If you go out as a sanyasi,
a similar thought (that you are a sanyasi) will haunt you. Whether
you continue in the household, or renounce it and go to the forest,
your mind haunts you. The ego is the source of thoughts. It creates
the body and the world and makes you think you are a grihasta. If
you renounce the world, it will only substitute the thought sanyasi
for grihasta and the environments of the forest for those of the
household. But the mental obstacles are always there. They even
increase in new surroundings. There is no help in the change of
environment. The obstacle is the mind. It must be got over whether
at home or in the forest. If you can do it in the forest, why not in
the home?
Therefore why change the environment? Your efforts
can be made even now, in whatever environment you may be.
The environment never abandons you, according to your desire.
Look at me. I left home. Look at yourselves. You have come
here leaving the home environment. What do you find here?
Is this different from what you left? Even if one is immersed
in nirvikalpa samadhi for years together, when he emerges from
it he will find himself in the environment which he is bound to
have. That is the reason for the Acharya emphasising sahaja
samadhi in preference to nirvikalpa samadhi in his excellent
work Viveka Chudamani.
One should be in spontaneous samadhi - that is, in one’s pristine
state - in the midst of every environment."


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Re: I want to take up Sannyasa! (Ascetic Life.)
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011, 09:37:50 AM »

Dear Adam,

Yes. One has to carry the mind wherever one goes.  Unless the mind becomes quiescent, neither the home nor the forest shall confer a thoughtless state.  Inner renunciation is the most wanted requirement  for self realization. Any outward symbols like wearing ochre robes or having a rudraksha mala or tulsi mala shall be of any help. 

The Sahaja Samadhi state is the sublime example of this inner renunciation.  He moves with the world.  But he moves not.  He is in the world but he is not.  Sri Sankara and Sri Bhagavan are the glorious examples of this Sahaja Samadhi state.  Thoughts are
gone.  The prime thought of "I" is gone.  Then wherever he is,
he is in Samadhi.

Arunachala Siva.