‘If a Sanyasin does not strive to manifest spiritual Bhav, then who else is supposed to do this? Moving with people of diverse temperaments and simultaneously endeavouring to keep up this inner Bhav will alone help him make this Bhav pucca within him.. To get easily offended by adverse criticism, a little harsh treatment or unpopularity and become agitated and to leave the place and go away-is a sign that he has failed in sticking to his Sanyas-Bhav. His ego is still grounded in the physical body only. He has been at once affected and upset-by something done to the body. A Sanyasin has no body. How absurd to get upset by something that you are wearing. which is only to be thrown away at a moment’s notice.
‘A Sanyasin should have no Abhiman. It is Abhiman which makes one get offended easily at every trifle. Too much touchiness shows that one has not at all got rid of the idea of self-importance, the Ahamta or superior ego-sense. This is real death to a Sanyasin. Maana-Abhimana is rampant inside. Keen self-analysis alone will help severe a Sanyasin from the self-delusion that he is established in Sanyasa.
‘What to say of little disrespect or insult: even if anyone is to beat a Sanyasin with shoe or cut his throat with a knife-even then he should remain peaceful and perfectly unperturbed. A garland of rose flowers put around his neck or a dirty shoe hurled at his head should both mean the same to him as a Sanyasin. Of course, the prefect bhav does not come in its fullness all at once: but even then every Sanyasin worth the name should strive every minute towards the attainment of this Atma-Bhavana-Under certain circumstances there may be a little agitation in the beginning. A sudden insult, an extreme experience, some harshness or disrespect, may no doubt, agitate a Sanyasin somewhat for a little time. Perhaps for a whole day or even two days in some cases. Perhaps more if he was of a very sensitive nature. But, ultimately the Sanyas-spirit must prevail. Viveka and Vichar must set working at once. ‘Who am I? What is insult or honour to me-the Pure Atman that I am? What is all this transitory experience of this perishable body? It is unreal, petty, of no count and as such not worth my consideration. I am in truth blissful nameless formless infinity’. Moreover for what happens to the external body, who is to blame? Everything comes to this body according to its prarabdha Karma. It is simply getting its due. How foolish to seek to put the blame upon some one else for this”. Thus analyses the earnest Sanyasen and keeps his peace.
‘Such actual test in the field of active service helps to indicate one’s inner progress towards the ideal of Sanyas. They afford an invaluable training ground for the Sanyasin to perfect himself. To the Nivritti-Sanyasin also Vyavahara (not Loukika or secular Vyavahara, but Paramarthika, unattached selfless Vyavahara) gives much-needed scope for practical spirituality.
‘. Accept all experiences in a spirit of joy. Meet all difficulties and trials with serenity and fortitude. Remember that for you there is neither trouble nor trial, for you are the Pure Atman. Sometimes some Karma may affect the mind a little. But it is a mere passing cloud only. Let daily vyavhara means for you so many welcome opportunities to manifest and to give expression to your true inner spiritual nature. Learn the secret of regarding everything only from this Atmic Viewpoint. Dehatma Buddhi will vanish and nothing will affect you in the least for you will never forget that you are the Pure Atman and Atman alone. Jay Ho.
‘ SWAMI SIVANANDA’