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What is your dharma Karma and Sanyas yoga

In times when people are fighting on what to call God, let's look at Maha Nirvana Tantra.

First thing is, who dared name God? Anyone claiming that that God has a special name is blasphemous. Names are but an easier way to identify things. God is much above that.

Coming to Maha Nirvana Tantra, there are two types of dharmas. One is grihasth (गृहस्थ) or householder. The other is Sanyasi (सन्यासी) or people who renunciated everything to spend their time in learning and teaching about God.

It is difficult to remain in world, fulfill your duties, and reach God. It is nevertheless possible.

People who believe in karma and take care of dharma while being grihasth or householder reach the same destination that a yogi who renunciated everything would reach.

There are four yogas mentioned that take you towards the Ultimate. Householder or grihasth is toughest of them all. Because under this yoga, the person has to stay in world & yet take care of his duties, that too, without any attachments to worldly things.

For a Sanyasin, it is difficult to keep his heart free of desires as they can arise in any form; even any craving for a certain food item than what's available is a desire. That's where many Sanyasin fail. They assume they are passing their life learning & teaching God but in reality, their hearts keep craving for something or the other.

If you are to become Sanyasin, leave all desires and be content with whatever you have. Your only duty is to learn about the Ultimate and spread knowledge.

In case of householder or grihasth, the duties are manifold. I will not cover it in details here but understand that whatever a householder does, he does it for God. It is pretty easy to mistake attachment for God as attachment for others. For example, a grihasth has to care for his parents. But it is necessary that he doesn't become emotionally attached to the human bodies & instead leave his desires to God. Among other duties of householder or grihasth are contributing to development in form of alm houses, roads, greenery, etc directly or indirectly. We'll talk about this in details in some other post.

For now, just remember that whatever path you pick up - grihasth or Sanyasin - you pursue it with honesty. There is no use being a Sanyasin if you keep on thinking about your parents or kids. Likewise, there is no use being a grihasth or householder if you think you could focus on God if you didn't have responsibilities. Whichever path you pick up, make sure you are true to it. There is no shame in switching paths. If you renounced the world but feel guilty of leaving your old parents alone, it is better if you go back to them and take care of them as your duty. You will reach the same destination as a Sanyasin would reach. I will write more on duties later...in better details.

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AK
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