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Can I take Sannyasam?
« on: October 01, 2009, 12:45:17 PM »
Nochur Venkataraman spoke about family life and ascetism.
He mentioned the incident from Bhagavan Ramana's life.

There used to be always some devotees, in the Old Hall, who
would pester Him, whether they could take up sannyasa.  Bhagavan Ramana gave two types of answers:

1. Firstly, He would jocularly say that He also wanted to leave
the family and thus came to Arunachala.  But what happened?
A large family is there around Him, even in Arunachala.  He
used advise finally:  The family (samsara) will not leave you,
even if you want, unless there is prarabdha to really leave it.

2. Secondly, when someone asked, why then He took up
sannyasa while not recommending it to others when opinion
sought from Him, He said:

"See, I did not take anyone's opinion like you.  I just came
to Arunachala.  Like that, if your prarabdha is towards Sannyasa,
you will not ask any one but simply take up sannyasa without
anyone even knowing it.  Nobody takes up Sannyasa, with a
carfload of food, clothing and essential things before moving to
a lonely place!

We all know that Bhagavan Ramana left Madurai with just Rs 3.00 on hand, without any slippers, without even knowing where Tiruvannamalai was!  On reaching Arunachala, after hugging
Arunachaleswara, (Siva Lingam in the Temple) he came to Ayyankulam tank, tore of his dhoti, took one small piece for codpiece and threw away the remaining rupee changes and the cloth into the tank.  He also threw away the remaing sweetmeats given by Muthu Krishna Bhagavatar's sister.

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Can I take Sannyasam?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 11:47:28 PM »
Samsara means samsara of the mind. If you leave that samsara, it will be the same thing wherever you are. Nothing troubles you.” - guru ramana


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Re: Can I take Sannyasam?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2010, 08:56:32 AM »
Bhagavan in Ulladu Naarpadu, 24 says -

The body which is matter says not ‘I’. Eternal Awareness
rises not nor sets. Betwixt the two, bound by the body, rises
the thought of ‘I’. This is the knot of matter and Awareness.
This is bondage, jiva, subtle body, ego. This is samsara,
this is the mind.

Leaving this or casting this is true Sanyasam, It might be a debatable topic as to what does this "Leaving/casting off" really mean!

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta