What do we need to renounce?

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The Atma sanyam yog (Yog of self-control- Chapter 6 Bhagavad Gita) begins with a statement of Shri Krishna. The profound statement clears the air surrounding the practice of renunciation that is the order of samnyas. Those people who merely renounce their responsibilities and duties or abdicate their activities in worldly order or relinquish their role in family and society do not qualify to be called a samnyasi or yogi. This is a common misconception in the world. People believe that mere abandoning bodily activities and rituals are the only condition to qualify as a samnyasi or yogi. But then the question arises that if this is not the essential requirement for the order of renunciation then what else it could be? After all, giving up all our status, power, position, wealth and possessions must be the ultimate qualification. Alright if this is still short of the standards then should one leave the family and depart to a hermitage in the wild? Or should one go to an extent of renouncing even clothes and meals? However, the qualification is not that extreme. Thanks to almighty Shri Krishna, all glories to the lotus feet of Shri Hari, to be the one among true samnyasi or yogi the above-mentioned extreme austerities are not the essential qualifications.

As per the divine commandment stated by the Lord in the first verse of chapter six of Bhagavad Gita, what we have to renounce is not something exterior but something deep within i.e. the festering desires. The essential qualification is our ability to renounce the desire for fruits for the actions that we perform. The true samnyasi or yogi performs all the ordained duties and fulfills prescribed responsibilities without an iota of self-gratification. Those who do not seek any name, fame, or recognition, or anything material as a quid pro quo for their roles in society and worldly order are the true samnyasi or yogi. The hankering for the results and returns must be relinquished.

However, it is easier said than done. How can we eliminate the attachment of the results when we put in so much effort and passion in achieving them?

The answer will find you in the next article…..