Sunday, September 19, 2010

Uttam Tyag (Supreme Renunciation)

It is the eigth day of Paryushan Parv or Dash Lakshan Dharm.

Tyag means Renunciation; Contrary to popular belief, renouncing worldly possessions leads to a life of contentment and assists in keeping desires in check. Controlling desires lead to an influx of punya karma. Renunciation is done at the highest level by our monks who renounce not only the household but also their clothes. A person's strength is measured not by the amount of wealth he accumulates but by the amount of wealth he renounces. By this measure our monks are the richest. Renouncing the emotions, the root cause of misery, is Uttam Tyag, which is only possible by contemplating on the true nature of the soul.

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