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CHAPTER- 3 : HINDU DHARMA- 15.6.2
15. The Law of Spiritual Economics-6-2.
6. Towards Orderly Spiritual Evolution-2.
Lord Manu says in his Smriti : -
“Having studied the Vedas or two Vedas or even one Veda in due order without breaking celibacy, let him dwell in the householder order. When the householder sees wrinkles in his skin and whiteness in his hair and the son of his son, then let him retire to the forest. Having passed the third portion of life in the forests, let him, having abandoned attachments, wander as an ascetic in the fourth portion of life.”
In extraordinary cases, however, some of the stages may be omitted. Suka was a born Sannyasin. Sankara took Sannyasa without entering the stage of a householder. In rare and exceptional cases, a student is allowed to become a Sannyasin, his debts to the world having been fully paid in a previous birth.
*Nowadays, young Sannyasins without qualification are found in abundance. This is contrary to the ancient rules and causes much trouble.*
To be continued...
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