A sanyasi (renunciate) is one who has detached from all material aspects of life such as possessions, positions and relations while living it, without suppressing them or because of any disappointment with worldly life. Detachment due to perfect awareness of the temporary state of terrestrial existence makes a perfect sanyasi.
On Signs of a Sanyasi
Only complete detachment from everything outside can finally dissolve the mind. The beginning is in total acceptance, non-resistance.
We are trying to understand life in parts, fragments. This is the reason why we do not really get the thread. Try to understand life as a whole, by observing, witnessing, not comparing, criticizing, judging, and entertaining self-pity. By totally accepting everything happening in life and practicing non-resistance, you will gain more and more clarity and detachment from life and life’s events. This brings freedom.
On Continuity of Life
I have always maintained that being practical is the first step towards being spiritual. We cannot ignore our basic states such as inherent inclinations, tendencies and desires, and escape to spiritual places imagining that the basic states will disappear. This is equal to the ostrich putting its head in the sand and believing that it’s safe from enemies. Man is driven by inclinations, basic personal tendencies. This added to pending desires for multiple aspects of existence causes thoughts, expressions and actions. Every desire seeks fulfillment. Here, all we can do is to keep the intellect on top of emotions and lead a life of awareness. This helps witnesshood which in turn helps detachment without longing for that thing that he has detached from. Detachment is not suppression. Suppression is only postponement. Detachment means desires for something dropped off forever. So, instead of just deciding to follow a spiritual master blindly imagining that he is going to shoulder all your problems and pay your bills, (joking), be practical. Do not pretend to yourself. Do not cheat your own conscience. If you have desires for something, you have desires for that thing. Accept it. Now use your intellect, your processor for analysis and decide if it is essential to fulfill or it can be ignored. If you chose to ignore, see if that desire is still bothering, which means it is craving for Fulfilment. Thus, alert awareness diminishes your thoughts, expressions and actions. Intellect seldom commits mistakes. Mistakes are brethren of emotions. Hence, if intellect is available all the time, there will be lesser regrets and guilt. Life will be reasonably clear and clean. Be practical. Understand and accept. Do not have blind faith and borrowed beliefs. Use your own faculties to create your own path and dare to walk the path that you have created for yourself, unapologetically.
On Importance of Being Practical
When a man becomes free from his own mind, he becomes a God-man. When a man finds himself and settles within, he is a God-man. When his ego, mind and intellect dissolve and no emotions, analysis or perceptions stay within, he is a God-man.
When his entire life shifts into his inner universe, he becomes a God-man. God-man is a state, a state of total detachment.
On God-man Exists
Forgiveness is connected to acceptance. The more we accept, the more we forgive. Acceptance of people, places, events, emotions and disappointments unconditionally will easily detach you from the pains of it and help you stay liberated in life. When acceptance is absolute, forgiveness is a byproduct.
Methods of Forgiveness
Mastery turns our organs of perception (mind, intellect, ego) inward. Nothing external affects a master because when the organs of perception are turned inward, he remains pure. Purity is in detachment from worldly emotions, analysis, opinions, concepts and prejudices. It is a state of contentment and joy. It is causeless. It is sustained. It is eternal. Hence internal is eternal.
Talks on the path to immortality