(a) Point out the 2 or 3 messages below that are most
significant for you at this time.
(b) Think: what 1 or 2 things should I do during the next
few years to improve my own karmic rewards?
(c) Be ready to discuss.
“As both sanyasa and tyaga signify renunciation, what is the difference between them?
___ 1) Sanyasa, giving up selfish actions, is one kind of renunciation.
___ 2) Tyaga, abandoning the fruits of your actions, is another kind of renunciation.
___ 3) Renunciation is not a negative process, it is the positive act of giving up. There are many examples of this in nature:
join Me, God.
___ 4) The essential law that governs life is to contribute to the world by giving, not amassing.
___ 5) Sacrifice, purification, and charity are the three highest of human activities. Never give them up because all three are methods of removing impurities, and purity is absolutely essential to move Godward.
___ 6) You have to perform these three activities selflessly with no attachment, no desire.
___ 7) There are three ways to perform sanyasa and tyaga:
a. Sattvic people do them for duty’s sake alone, with no attachment
or desire for reward. Calmness and purity are born of this attitude.
b. Rajasic people avoid renunciation out of fear or aversion to
physical discomfort. No spiritual benefit will accrue to them.
c. Tamasic people, ignorant, do not perform them.
___ 8) Recall that it is impossible for a human to fully be a renunciate. To give up all ‘actions’—one’s breath, heartbeat, and so forth—simply cannot be done.
___ 9) The person who detaches from the fruits of actions can be regarded as a genuine renunciate.
___10) True ‘renunciation’ is relinquishing all desire for personal reward.
___11) People who do these activities for selfish purposes reap their
karmic rewards in due season. Those rewards can be bad, good, or mixed, depending on the actions:
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