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Title: Regarding the "Ideal House holder life"...article.

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-11-21 18:35:00


"But when the home becomes unfavorable for his service, he then becomes eligible to leave home."


from the article and wrote my explanation. I tried to stress upon a point that some times people without sufficient purification try to imitate pure devotees, by un-necessarily giving up family life; either due to problems in family maintenance or for fame.

I have already said that pure spiritual life has nothing to do with escaping from one's responsibilities for comfort or fame. But still the meaning of the word "unnecessarily" has to be understood properly. Though it is recommended not to whimsically and randomly give up household life since it is most suitable ashram for cultivating bhakti in Kali Yuga and there is a big spiritual responsibility towards our family members, there are specific cases in which due to the extreme antagonism against bhakti by a particular family member, a devotee may be forced to either live separately or end that relationship to be able to continue with chanting and devotional service.


Such a decision in these extreme and uncompromisable circumstances cannot be ruled out even though the devotee may not be fully purified or qualified to take it because ultimately nama bhajana and bhakti are primary requirements of our soul and the bhakti creeper should be protected.


Of course such a decision has to be taken only when all other options are ruled out and when patience and restraint have already been shown for a considerable period of time. Such a last resort decision also varies from case to case and may not be the right thing to do even in all emergency cases. Thus expert spiritual guidance of Guru, Vaishnava and Scriptures is very beneficial in such cases.