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The Desires in a Jnani
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:01:12 AM »
Among desires, desire for a sexual mate is predominant.  But
Hinduism has never prescribed celibacy or abstinence as a 'must'
for Jnana.  Even though many Jnanis like Bhishma, Sankara, and Bhagavan Ramana had taken up celibacy in their lives, Jnanis like Krishna and Janaka were married.  Sri Ramakrishna, though married never had conjugal life and treated his wife as Mother. As regards desires, Bhagavan Ramana clarified as follows.

Cohen.S.S.:  Does a Jnani have sankalpa, desires?

Bhagavan Ramana:  The main qualities  of the ordinary mind are
tamas and rajas, (sloth and excitement).  Hence it is full of egoistic
desires and weaknesses.  But the Jnani's mind is suddha-sattva,
pure harmony and formless, functioning in the subtle vignanamaya
kosa, (the sheath of knowledge), though he keeps contact with the
world.  He desires are therefore also 'sattvic'. 

Once another visitor asked Sri Maharshi whether desire did not
destroy Jnana.

Bhagavan Ramana:  The desires of a Jnani are external to him like other objects and cannot taint him. 

Visitor:  The Puranas say that Jnanis warred against Jnanis.
How is this?

Bhagavan Ramana:  Yes. Sri Krishna fought against Bhishma.  The
Jnanis view all as Brahman, yet they fight.

(Source: Guru Ramana. S.S. Cohen. Sri Ramanasramam. Tiruvannamalai)

Arunachala Siva.