Sunday, May 20, 2012
A Year With Thomas Merton - May 20
One Last Step
Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita: "By devotion in work He knows me, knows what in truth I am and who I am. Then, having known me in truth, He enters into me."
The states of life. Brahmacharya: the life of the student in chastity under his Guru. Grhastha: the life of the householder begetting children, practicing Karma Yoga. Vanaprastha: the forest life. My present life. A life of privacy and quasi-retirement. Is there one more stage? Yes. Sanyasa: total renunciation. Homelessness, begging. The Sanyasin lives only on food given to him. He is freed from all ritual obligations. The sacred fire is kindled only within. No household shrine. No temple. He is entirely turned to deliverance, renouncing all activity and attachment, all fear, all greed, all care, without home, without roof, without place, without name, without office, without function, without reputation, without care for reputation, without being known.
May 16, 1968, VII.103