I have a natural inclination towards matters spiritual so also the spirit of life! I love Mammon as much as I love God, no matter what the holy books say. Renunciation of the Mammon (money-material things) may be for the Monks, Sanyasins, Sanyasinis, Priests and Nuns. They have to renounce their hearth and home to pursue the path of divine quest undisturbed by the temptations of the material world.
It is not so for me. I seek pleasures of both the worlds — this (of which I am 100% sure) and the other (of which I am not sure, yet willing to explore). I refuse to get into the snarl of Maya, illusion. If I cannot accept the testimony of my five sensory organs believing it to be Maya, what else is there in this world to believe? No wonder, this enigma was resolved by Osho Rajneesh by calling his followers neo-Sanyasins and neo-Sanyasinis, ending up creating a neo-religion!
However, in Hinduism, four basic tenets, values, are considered an imperative for a grihasta, householder, to attain Moksa, liberation. Liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Not to be confused with enlightenment, Nirvana. They are: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksa — morality, wealth, sensual pleasures and liberation, respectively. A sanyasin is the one who renounces the first three values and focuses on Moksa, liberation with unswerving attention, simultaneously meditating to attain enlightenment in this life under a Guru sometimes. Here in both the cases — the householder and the sanyasi — the goal is either liberation or enlightenment or both, which are self-centred for one’s own self. The social service of different kinds for the poor, neglected and those in difficulties are no concern of these grihastas or sanyasins. And herein is the difference between the sanyasins (monks) of Ramakrishna Ashram and of other Ashrams. Service to mankind and spiritual fulfilment to self seems to be the credo for mo
nks of R.K. Ashram.
Be that as it may, this prologue is to explain why I ch...more