Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Does formal renunciation pave the way for self-realization? Kabir was married and so was Nanak. Mysticism is an internal process that grows as mind expands into its primal essence. External renunciation with craving intact merely makes for hypocrisy. Yet to be able to devote one's entire waking hours to meditation without any worldly concerns would indeed be a major benefit if the renunciate is earnest. The few sannyasis I have met had a palpable aura of silent majesty about them. Yet they weren't entirely free from ego and other ills of the world. I personaly prefer mysticism rather than any external ritual or intellectual study. The true renunciate is free from desire while outwardly engaged in activity. However to write all this is mere intellectual conceit for me as I lack adequate experience.