High on Waves

Paramahamsa Satyananda

Sannyasa is not merely an order
It is a complete spiritual life –
Both exoteric and esoteric.
Manifestation of unqualified consciousness takes place
And the light of the Atman shines.

Why sadhana for a sannyasin?
Let him stand as a witness
Let him stand as a non-doer.

Various yoga practices
Constitute gross practices for a sannyasin –
For these practices do not eradicate
The dross of inner life
Nor do they bring the knowledge
Of the true spirit.

A sannyasin should enter into ashram life
And stay there for quite a long period
In a life of spirit and service
And thus render himself
Humble and egoless.

For a sannyasin
There is nothing as sadhana
And nothing as an ultimate
Even the state of turiya
Is non-existent for a sannyasin
Because sannyasa is to attain total equilibrium.

Spiritual state is eternal
It is always there
This a sannyasin has to know.
Renounce the sacred thread
And chop the tuft
And renounce the association
With the previous relations
Together with caste, tribe, sect.
All these constitute the gross man.

Gradually the stages of sannyasa will manifest
Spirit of service will unfold
Various stages of sannyasa.
Guru is the master key for a sannyasin.

Do not go the wrong way
When you are convalescing
Do not ignore the rules in sannyasa.
Live by yourself
Free from attachment
Do not attend marriage ceremony
Burial ceremony, ancestral worship.
Very few can see why.

When sannyasa blooms
And knowledge dawns
And power unfolds
It sanctifies history and posterity.
One single sannyasin
Can be the creator of an epoch
A seer of intuition
And a master-mind of traditions.

Keep this ablaze in your mind
Step into sannyasa.