SRI RAMAKRISHNA THE TYAGI *
(Sri Ramakrishna was never tired of repeating that the essence of spiritual disciplineis the renunciation of Kama-kanchana, lust and lucre. Swami Paratparananda, Head of Ramakrishna Ashrama **, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a former Editor of theVedanta Kesari explains how freedom from carnal desires and avarice helps in God-realization and how Sri Ramakrishna the scientist demonstrated by his own life that this can be achieved.)* From the article published in “The Vedanta Kesari” magazine;Sri Ramakrishna Post-Centenary Golden Jubilee Number Nov-Dec 1985, Vol. LXXII No. 11 & 12.** From 1973 to 1988.
Example is better than precept, goes an old adage. It is applicablein a sense more forcefully to spiritual life. Every religion has its scripturesand lofty are their teachings, but the generality of mankind cannotconstrue them properly if it does not see before it persons in whom suchprinciples are embodied in actions. The Upanishads, which form the latterpart of the Vedas, the supreme authority among the Hindu scriptures,says: “Neither by work, nor by progeny, nor by wealth, but by
(renunciation) alone did they attain immortality.”
The purpose of allreligions is to teach and equip man to attain immortality, freedom from alltypes of bondage, bondage created by attachment to worldly things, topersons, to one’s body etc. As the above passage clearly states,immortality is not possible without
, renunciation. The above is not asolitary instance. In the Brihadarnyaka Upanishad it is clearly pointed outthat immortality cannot be attained by wealth
In the KathopanishadYama offers Nachiketa celestial damsels, chariot, unlimited wealth, longlife and so on in place of the Knowledge about the life after death.Nachiketa rejects them all as transitory and evanescent and insists onbeing taught that Knowledge, acquiring which one becomes immortal.
The scriptures have classified the desires which impede man fromrealizing God, into desire for progeny, for wealth, and desire to enjoy in