Abstract

The Saṃnyāsa Upanis.ads characterize the life of the saṃnyāsin (renunciate) as devoid of earthly pleasures. A person who forsakes every earthly pleasure, however, seems to forsake the good life. The most convincing reply to this objection insists that the advanced saṃnyāsin does indeed enjoy earthly things, since he is able to enjoy earthly things without desiring them and, hence, without prolonging the painful cycle of rebirth.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 140-159
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-28
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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