While defining the supreme virtue
of renunciation, the great poet Reidhu writes:
Chau vi dhamangau tam ji amangau
nristriye bhatriye janrhu
Patham supvitham tav gunr jutham
pargyi sambalu tam munrhu
Chae avgunr ganru ji uhtyi, chae
nrimal kiti pavhayi
Chae veyrith panrmeyi paye, chae
bhog bhomi suh jae
Chae vihijeyi nrich ji binrye,
suh veynryi bhasaipinru panrai
Abhaydanru dijeyi pehilaru, jimi
nrasyi parbhav dudhyaru
Sathdanru bijyu punr kijyi,
nrimal nranru jainr pavijyi
Osahu dijyi roe vinrasanru, keh
vinr paichyi bahi pyasanru
Aharay dhanrridhi pavthyi,
chaubihu chau ji aihu pavthau
Ahva duth viapaham chae, chau ji
aihu munrhu samvaen
Duhiyeh dijyi danru kijayi manru
Deh bhaviyi abhang dansanru
1. Renunciation is a part and
parcel of religion. As a rule the two are inseparable. A perfectly
purified soul dedicated to the virtue of penance should practice with full
devotion the supreme virtue of renunciation within his capacity. That
paves the way to the attainment of a superior state of existence in the
2. A horde of vices is driven away
by renunciation; it spreads the shining glory and fame of a person;
consequently an enemy surrenders and falls down at his feet. One gets the
bliss of happy land of Eldorado through renunciation.
3. A man devoted to renunciation
should regularly give charity humbly and affectionately using auspicious
words. First of all he should give 'abhay daan' i.e., save the
lives of all living beings in danger; doing so vanquishes the miseries
related to the other world.
4. Besides, one should give 'Shastra
Dana' as well i.e., he should distribute among the people sacred books
and scriptures, which impart and spread religious knowledge. He should
make free distribution of medicines also which cure living beings of all
bodily diseases, and destroy all physical ailments root and branch.
5. Giving food to the Hungary and
the poor i.e., 'ahar daan' brings peace and prosperity in its
return. As a rule these are four types of charities (four-fold
renunciation) practiced from times immemorial. In other words putting an
end to vicious thoughts practices renunciation. In short, the virtue of
renunciation consists in doing all this.
6. We should give alms to the
miserable and show reverence to the talented and virtuous persons. We
should cherish the sole feeling of mercy and meditate in our mind for the
attainment of Perfect Faith.
Hence, O Mortal Man! Practice
renunciation, practice renunciation and practice renunciation throughout
your life; for wise men say: "The more you covet, the more you lose; and
the more you give up, the more you merit."
Indeed, 'To renounce all sense of
possession with regard to wealth is a very difficult vow."
To sum up, 'Riches have wings and
they flee us leaving us in the lurch.'
Therefore, it is wise to renounce riches
and all other possessions voluntarily and give charities; otherwise when
misfortune robs us of all our wealth and prosperity we shall be left
penniless waiting and cursing our destiny.
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