Sannyaasa, a pre-requisite for jeevanmukti

This is actually a follow-on to my earlier poem. Since two days, something guided me to a study on this topic; I've spent a considerable amount of time reading debates on whether sannyaasa is a pre-requisite for jeevanmukti.

Let me start by saying that I've no doubt whatsoever to raise such a question at this stage. I'm well convinced of this in the affirmative. There have been heated debates that I read of that dragged in quotes from the Gita, jeevanmukti viveka, various upanishads, etc. Swami Sivananda's article was torn to pieces, Krishna's words were interpreted to suit their statements and then, the moderators put a forcible stop to a viewpoint similar to mine!

What surprises me is that the so-called advaitins have kept tradition aside in this discussion! I can understand the neo-advaita and other example masters' references, but when you're talking advaita, you can't afford to mix up the new age non-duality, pure non-duality, neo-advaita, direct path, buddhism, zen, et al, where Shankara is the sole authority; of course supported by earlier acharya-s such as Gaudapaada and following bhashyakaara-s works. Be it so, the ego seems to play a major role in their convincing themselves that they're well off doing what they're doing, while at the same time equating their path to sannyaasa! They've brought up things such as mental sannyaasa too. Mental sannyaasa may well be what a karma yogi does, but please do not equate that to the status of a no-bounds sannyaasi. Also saying that not all sannyaasis are jeevanmuktas is uncalled for, since no one claimed so. Its just a first step to learning vedaanta the traditional way. Else all study of vedaanta is just to accumulate a little purity and perhaps gaining some virtues, as Sw. Dayananda clearly states.

There's not much use in picking some things from each discipline/following and not practising one of these in all seriousness. I always believed in jack of all, but master of (atleast) one kind of a thing. I just mention this here to say that one needs to pick up one path in its entirety even after doing lots of peeking in other paths, and that happens to be sannyaasa in sanaathana dharma tradition. There's one thing that I really liked in the entire discussion that I followed: when asked on the subject by a visitor, Ramana said "you're well off doing something that you're doing now", but later he told his devotee that it hurts to recommend something contrary to truth! Ramana clarified on some questioning that when he himself left home, he didn't go about asking people on what to do! Meaning, if the question still lingers on whether sannyaasa is a pre-requisite for jeevanmukti, one is not ready for it yet.

om tat sat

shankarapadaarpaNamastu
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