Thursday, April 1, 2010

Who is Eligibile to take Sanyas?

Hi! After a very long break I am resuming my blogging activity in My Spiritual Space.
The trigger to this post is the recent scandals of the so called Swamijis . Every day some adventures of these  Sanyaasis pop out  in the News papers and TV News channels.

I am completely annoyed by this ever increasing numbers of these fake sanyasis,so I thought that I should analyse some of the basic eligibility or criteria required to renounce the world.If any of these wannabe sanyasis know the qualifications or eligibility to accept sanyas ,they would not opt for this tough path at all.
Accepting Sanyas or proceeding towards self realization should not be out of an impulsive decision or it should not be taken as a lucrative business.We are  human beings who have lots of inherent qualities,desires which are  characteristic to our species. Even though we accept that Desire is the root cause of all evil,a main principle of Lord Buddha ,by nature we are not designed to conquer all these desires.We Human beings can exercise certain control over these desires so that no harm is caused to a co creature. Renouncing world is not for common man.Only one person in a crore or ten crores is designed for such a tough task. It is not the job of every Tom,Dick and Harry.

Four things are common to all the creatures,viz., food,sleep,fear and sexual union.In the case of man, he is endowed with a special faculty , viz, knowledge , with the help of which he can pave a good path for himself  so that his co creatures are not disturbed by him.This is where the special value of human species lies.By utilizing his wisdom and knowledge,certainly he can elevate to a better  level compared to his other Homo sapiens Friends.But Just because one acquires a superior level one cannot proclaim himself as a Sadguru or a Godman.
Today, even a person who has complete mastery of words and can enrapt the audience with his oratory skills is elevated to a level of Sadguru.The disciples go there to seek knowledge and spend their money,time and labour;but ultimately they have to repent.The Guru there boasts of his secret knowledge.He makes a grand show of his sacredness and holiness.But as far as self realization is concerned,he has none.So before proclaiming one person as a Sadguru ,one should be aware of what Self Realization is.

Qualifications for Self Realization

All persons who self proclaim to be a Sadguru do not see or realize Brahma in their life time.

Certain qualifications are absolutely necessary.

1.Intense desire to get free.He who thinks that, he is bound and that,he thinks that he should get free from bondage and works earnestly  and resolutely to the end and who does not care for any other thing is qualified for spiritual life.

Today's Gurus fail in this first discipline itself. Swanky cars, Airconditioned  Ashrams ..These are the basic requirements for a guru today.

2. Virakthi or a feeling of disgust with the things of this world and the next.Unless, a man feels disgusted with the materialistic things,emoluments and honours, he has no right to enter the  spiritual realm.

The first thing our Gurus do after taking Sanyas is prefixing some great holy title to cheat the innocent people.

3.Our senses have been created by God with a tendency to move outward and so,man always looks outside himself and not inside.He who wants self realization and immortal life,must turn his gaze inwards,and look to his innerself.

This is a very difficult criteria then why the hell these fraudsters  adapt sanyas , and make a mock of the ochre garb.

4.Catharsis from(purging away of) sins.Unless a man has turned away from wickedness, and stopped from doing wrong,and has entirely composed himself, and unless his mind is at rest,he cannot gain self realization,even by means of knowledge.

Today's fake swamis are known for their infamous deeds like rapes,molestation and abuse.

5.Right Conduct.Unless a man leads a life of truth,penance and insight , a life of celibacy, he cannot get God Realization.

If  a person is unable to fulfill this criteria ,then they should never think about Sanyas.

And the other qualifications are

6.Shun Greed and attachment.

7.Control of mind and senses.

8.Purification of the mind.

9.Necessity of a Guru.

If all these qualifications are present in a person,then he is eligible to take Sanyas.

With not even a single criteria met, lots of wannabe Gurus have mushroomed in recent times.So it is very difficult to find a genuine spiritual master among the half baked ones with false claims.It is the latter class that make an organized religion an odious mess that repels the cultured sect.

There are several clever ones who can still successfully deceive people-"wolves in the lamb's coat" as the Bible says.

But my advice to these wannabe Sanyasis is, Please don't ever dream to shun this wordly life.You and I are not designed for that lifestyle. why are you adopting a course when you are not ready for the ordeal ,it is a tough path to tread, self restraint and control of senses is very difficult in these modern times.

So,my dear Fraudster brethren! Marry a beautiful girl of your choice, choose some other lucrative career to make your life spicy and leave us alone in this search of our spiritual contentment.

Reference :Sai Satcharitra(English) by Nagesh Gunaji,  SaiBaba the Master by E.Bharadwaj.


Aishwarya said...

Honestly, it requires immense concentration to read yr blog .. im nt even able to concentate when a song is being played parallely This means that the urge is more to read yr blog ..The spirituality is well expressed esp with the way to identify a sadhguru !... hail padmaji.. ;)

Padma said...

Thank u Aishwarya! for ur comments.yeah! i can understand that reading such tough nuts requires concentration.but what to do?today's sadhus scenario is in a worst condition.i had to express my views.

Nandakumar said...

I feel samiyars should have some rationing as follows.

1. Some idlies and chappatis in limited quantity. No badams or cashew.
2. Just one pair of saffron dhoties.

3.No ladies within a radius of 10 feet.

Who will become a sadhu if all these conditions are imposed?

Padma - your desire to have a real sadhu is appreciable.But I think real sadhus will emerge once in a while only and not in every district as seen now.

You can write on any subject and you have a great wisdom.Good.

Padma said...

Thank u!chittappa!actually it is not my original wisdom,qualification points were borrowed from sai satcharitra :-)

still more rationing has to be put for these sadhus.

rajendra said...

Hi Padma,
These Sadhus are actually inspiring the like minded Fraudsters. Its a pity that we the common man gets lured by these fake samiyars. Ultimately, its all about faith. What we are arguing about these samiyars, the atheists argue about the god itself. Nothing would stop as long as our helplessness would always look for crutches in whatever form & faith.
Thought provoking.. keep blogging.

Padma said...

Thank u Rajendra!for ur comments.
If people are well aware of spiritual concepts,then they may not approach these fraudsters.

Suha's Blog said...

Hi Padma akka,
Very well compiled.How i wish this blog of yours was published in some magazine that way atleast if it triggers the thought process in a few people's mind as to y they should fall for these fake sadhus would be a good headstart.way to go.keep blogging.

Padma said...

thank u suha! for ur comment.even after reading many articles on this subject ,people continue to throng fraud sadhus.what to do?

Prasanna's Pen Speaks ... said...

right blog in very right time.....nowadays many samiyars are like swiss bank lockers...recently one of my neighbours refed me to a samiyar ( a famous one) brfore that she gave me a rate pamplet... a menu card type one which contains rates of diff packages of that samiyar...if u want to see the samiyar on uagadi day frm a distance of 10 feet the rate is 2500 rs.... along with prasadam the darshan cost is 5000rs....the rate card goes on like this...
i m very clear that no one can beat the real guru sai and paramacharya....who are the real sanyasis...who can enlighten us whenever we think abt them....

Padma said...

prasanna!very interesting saamiyaar.can be a lucrative profession.but jokes apart,very very few saints are like sainath.