I remember a quote by Buddha where he says “the only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
And while the other proverb we have all grown up hearing that bugs me is "Do not bite more than what you could chew. "
Putting both of these in picture, how one should handle the choice of renunciation in life?
We know nothing beats renunciation when it comes to progress on this path. That’s the BEST ONE KNOWS.
But making that choice anytime in future, requires setting a base today. To avoid getting in tangles of marriage, kids and all. To have a volition for it etc. Also what if one gets filled with regret to have made this choice amidst the inability to continue walking on it at a later stage.
So what perspective my Sangha hear holds? I need your views. Especially those who have renounced or are living a very secluded life.
This topic is entitled and starts with an open ended question and not with a specific question to which one will come up with a definitive answer. As it is likely that a discussion will ensue, hence the move to Discussion category, or potentially to the Watercooler.
If you get married your choice might be …less of a choice- your wife will be against you leaving with your promises to her, or your children will hold you to lay life. The next question is, is renunciation what you really want? Are you familiar with the basics of the path and have much exposure to the practices that are out there?
I suppose the thought of renunciation, and the desire to take steps for it, develops only at a stage when person has developed mindfulness and calmness to some extent. When one has tasted the truth of rising and passing of things within this body to some extent.
So please dont ask such personnel hitting questions. My motive is not to ask you people to gauge my Proficiency on the path.
But since those who acquire and keep skillful qualities live happily in the present life, free of anguish, distress, and fever; and since, when their body breaks up, after death, they can expect to go to a good place, the Buddha praises acquiring skillful qualities.” SN22.2