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Sannyasa

After graduating from gurukula, Vasudeva's only thought was how to give the innocent people the most substantial gift of which was the cause of his descent; to give everyone a sound philosophy which solely glorified the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Narayana-Visnu. Only by giving these struggling devotees this priceless gift could anyone really satisfy their needs. Vasudeva saw that the only way to do this wholeheartedly was to take the renounced order of sannyasa under the guidance of an ascetic of good repute coming in a bona-fide line.

However Madhyageha Bhatta was already looking around for a nice Vaisnava-Brahmin girl as a suitable match for his son. Vasudeva had no interest in society, friendship and love of this material world, not any desire to become a regulated householder follower of the varnasrama system. His sole thought was preaching, so needless to say, Vasudeva had heard of one old ascetic of Bandarkare village just a few miles north of Udupi. This old sannyasi was reputed to be of the old Bhagavat sampradaya. This Acyutapreksa, whose name means "one who has knowledge of the infallible Lord Acyuta", according to Shri Madhva Vijay (4.7) he was in an earlier birth a bumble bee who used to reside in the house of the Pandavas for some years and used to take prasadam directly from the hands of Queen Draupadi. Nonetheless it was for his asrama, for he possessed a pure mind and pure heart, and this was where Vasudeva was heading.

Due to there being a four hundred year gap in the Brahma sampradaya, breaking for all practical vision with Prajna, some ten guru-disciple generations previous, the gurus in this line up until Acyutaprajna (Acyutapreksa) had, out of fear of the wicked Buddhists and Mayavadins, hidden themselves away and just tried to maintain their line without drawing attention to themselves. These Kutirchak sannyasis were not strong enough to smash the onslaughts of these philosophies, so they just stayed in their asramas at the edge of their villages and tried to philosophically maintain themselves. At the same time however, Madhyageha Bhatta, hearing that his one and only son was spending much time with the old sannyasi Acyutapreksa, became worried. He approached Vasudeva who was the only source of life of both he and Vasudeva's loyal, devoted mother, Vedavati. As Madhyageha approached Vasudeva, vasudeva came right out with it. "I want to take sannyasa. Please give me your permission."

Madhyageha Bhatta asked Vasudeva to reconsider, after all, they were old and frail and his mother couldn't stand the separation. He asked him to wait until they passed away, until Vasudeva was older, and after householder life, in his old age he could take to this excellent life of ascetics. In this way with logic, entreaty and argument, Madhyageha Bhatta tried to dissuade his son from taking to the renounced order and thus going away from his home. Even Madhyageha Bhatta prostrated himself at the young boy's feet and begged him on behalf of his mother not to take sannyasa, but Vasudeva only replied that, "See, it is already confirmed. The Supreme Lord has given his permission in the forms of omens, signs, etc., for a senior family member should never prostrate himself before a junior unless that junior be in the renounced order of life." Madhyageha Bhatta then begged the old sannyasi Acyutapreksa not to initaite their son into the sannyasa order.

There was no reply, and soon after Acyutapreksa headed south to Kuthyadi, now called Kayooru, across the Netravati river which runs about 38 miles south of Udupi with Vasudeva as his companion. It was here at Kuthyadi Mutt in the village of Karem that Madhyageha Bhatta found his on in the process of accepting sannyassa formally from Acyutapreksa. Vasudeva was in the process of tearing cloth into two pieces, one to go around his waist and one to cover his genitals, known as kaupin, or the traditional undergarments of the sannyasi. Madhyageha Bhatta tried desperately for the last time to stop his determined son. "Oh son! Manu and other composers of the dharma sastra do not speak of any auspicious deed other than the protection of the parents. Those two sons of ours are dead. If you take to sannyasa we have no protector." Vasudeva then replied to his father coolly and with detachment and love. "When a man becomes detached he would take sannyasa at that time. This is well known in the Vedic literatures. Thought I am without any attachment to objects, I do not take sannyasa without fixing someone to serve both of you. (Another child will be born, a son to look after you, then I can take sannyasa.) Madhyageha Bhatta again tried to reply in a sympathetic way saying that, "From a sastric point of view I can understand what you are saying and you are very courageous, but what will your mother say. She is a simple soft-hearted woman ..." Vasudeva to the point, interrupted his father, "Father, you give me permission to take sannyasa now." and paid his prostrated obeisance's to his father. Madhyageha Bhatta then said, "If your mother agrees then let it be so!" Then Madhyageha Bhatta returned to his home on the promise that until his mother gave permission, he would not take sannyasa.

Soon after, by the will of Vasudeva, his mother Vedavati became pregnant. This pacified the parents of Vasudeva somewhat, though Madhyageha was still adamant as Darasatha was for Rama when at a tender age Rama was banished to the forest. Cheerfully Vasudeva came to Pajakaksetra and to his parents house. "Mother, if you ever want to see me again, please give me permission to take sannyasa. Otherwise, I will leave this area altogether, and I will not be seen by you even once." Naturally, any mother who felt anything for her child would be forced by such words to agree. Vedavati, distressed, gave her beloved son his desire to take sannyasa, for the thought of never seeing him again was worse than death. Vasudeva stayed around, coming and going from the family home to Acyutaprajna's asrama until finally a boy was born to Vedavati and her husband. Upon the birth of the new son, Vasudeva returned home and in agreement with the previous arrangement in the form of silent acceptance, Vedavati, the new mother, gave her permission.

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Orix   |Registered |2010-03-30 09:42:49
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