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If one is supposed to be renounced, then what is the definition of renounced? One sannyasi decided to get married, and then declared, 'Now I am getting married, so I am renouncing my renunciation. That is the ultimate renunciation.'
that All "Renunciates" are Renounced
(Mayapur, India) - February 11, 2001: His Holiness Prahladananda Swami
gave the Bhagavatam class here in Mayapur this morning. The verse reads:
"Sannyasis who first consider that the body is subject to death, when
it will be transformed into stool, worms or ashes, but who again give
importance to the body and glorify it as the self, are to be considered
the greatest rascals."
one is supposed to be renounced," Maharaja said, "then what is
the definition of renounced? One sannyasi decided to get married, and then
declared, 'Now I am getting married, so I am renouncing my renunciation.
That is the ultimate renunciation.'"
is not that everyone, simply by appearing or claiming to be renounced is
necessarily renounced, he said. "One has to have knowledge that
connects one to a higher platform of consciousness. Without that
consciousness there will not be a permanent position."
may have many external qualifications, but if one is not factually
connected to Krishna in Krishna consciousness, "one's so-called
exalted position and activity will not be maintained for long," he
said. "As soon as there is an opportunity, Maya will lure one into
gave examples from the Bhagavatam to back up his point, including the
stories of Visvamitra Muni and Saubhari Muni.
may understand that, "I'm eventually going to die, but in the
meantime I'm going to have a good time, but this is not real
told a story about Lord Caitanya and Nityananda who met a so-called
sannyasi that was living with his wife, who was a sannyasini. Lord
Caitanya did not appreciate this so-called renunciation.
Maharaja said that there are many varieties of desires that arise out of
mental concoction, such as eating too much, enjoying too much, or desiring
to become the head of a religious organization. "There are so many
varieties of Maya from the gross to the subtle, but they are compared to
wet stool and dry stool. Some people assume the side of the stool that is
dried by the sun is better than the side that is wet. But wet stool and
dry stool are both of the same nature. Subtle or gross Maya is still Maya.
aim of life is to take shelter of Krishna, he said.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.17, he said, "A neophyte devotee may fall down
from the path of Krishna consciousness due to his immaturity, but his
service to Krishna never goes in vain. However, a person who remains
steadfast in his family duty or so-called social or family obligation but
does not take to Krishna consciousness receives no profit."
order coming down in disciplic succession is to spread Krishna
Consciousness. Such a person who is acting on this is actually a sannyasi.
"Follow in the footprints of the devotees," Maharaja said.
© CHAKRA 11 February 2001
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