Community on Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Spirituality
My wife too is a pious lady. Suppose
I take Sannyasa, can I live with her and do spiritual Sadhana?
Now you are not fit for Sannyasa, though you might have a minute trace of Vairagya due
to the death of your child. After Sannyasa, you should not live with your wife. You should not
remain even in your own place, as Moha will be lurking in a corner of your mind. Old worldly
Samskaras will be ever waiting to dupe you. Maya is powerful. You will have to spend all your
energy in waging a guerilla war against old Samskaras and temptations. You will have no energy
for spiritual practices. Though you may think that you possess a high degree of Vairagya and that
your wife also is pious, yet you should be far away from her. You should not even think of her.
That is real Sannyasa. What is the meaning of taking Sannyasa and living with your wife and
children? How can you destroy Moha, worldly Samskaras and Vasanas?
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda