Renunciation is not as we understand and practice

When one feels short on inspiration, Mahatria’s thoughts come handy. Received today morning the following:

Renunciation is metaphorically similar to that of a man climbing a ladder.

He steps off the lower rungs of the ladder because of his inclination to step into the higher rungs.

He is not giving up the lower rungs.

He is, as a matter of fact, going up to the higher rungs.

And we shamelessly preach renunciation to our elders as giving up of all worldly things and indulgence in prayers and kirtans. Why our septuagenarian, octogenarian and even nonagenarian parents can’t enjoy a movie at multiplex, a dinner at a sit in restaurant or a drink, if they so desire? Why renunciation is confused with leaving all worldly things rather than enjoying everything albeit without attachment to such things.

I like Mahatria because his thoughts are evolved and not cliched.

2 thoughts on “Renunciation is not as we understand and practice

  1. Sir,based on the Vedas the four ashrams in our lives are:
    The four asramas are: Brahmacharya (student), Gṛhastha (householder), Vanaprastha (forest walker/forest dweller), and Sannyasa (renunciate). The Asrama system is one facet of the Dharma concept in Hinduism.

    May be with changing times the thought processes have undergone change.The fourth Ashram as per my understanding is that’ As we are ready to move on i.e budding adieu to this life , aligning with that ultimate self process,we can initiate by getting more involved in religious activities.But that does not mean that one has to give up every other form of enjoyment.Also it should be left to the individual to decide and should not be forced upon ,just because one has crossed a certain age.
    May be your post ,Sir,lead many to ponder on the same.Thanks

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