Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sathya Sai Baba: Chinna Katha on who is bigger, sannyasi (renunciant) or samsari (family person)

From http://scriptures.ru/jws_exc.htm, Extracts from Sri Sathya Sai Anandadayi by Karunamba Ramamurthy, Chapter 26

A poor man was collecting all the dry twigs and cow dung he could get in the forest. Seeing him struggling hard to take care of the family, a sanyasi said to himself, "Down with samsari, hail sanyasi." It started to rain in the evening. The sanyasi felt hungry. He came to the town begging for alms. The poor family man, by then, had come back, bathed in hot water, changed clothes, had a hot meal served by his wife and chewing betel leaves sat warmly. When he saw the sanyasi, drenched in rain, shivering with cold and going from house to house begging for food, he said to himself, "Hail samsari, down with sanyasi."

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Ravi: The Avatar of the age puts things in the right perspective so well with his above Chinna Katha (small story)! The plain truth of the matter is that, in general, sannyasis & sannyasins are dependent on family/worldly people to provide food, clothing and shelter essentials to them. Sannyasis and sannyasins should never ever look down upon the samsaaris without whom they (or, to be more precise, their bodies) cannot survive. It should be a relationship of give-and-take between the sannyasis and the samsaaris. The sannyasis sharing their spiritual knowledge and wisdom with the samsaaris who, in turn, support the sannyasis by meeting their basic needs for a living.

[I thank Smt. Karunamba Ramamurthy and have presumed that she (her book copyright owners) will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from her book (as per the above-mentioned website) on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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