Throughout the Gita, Lord Krishna describes the need for samnyasa. What exactly does it mean? It is an inner renunciation of ownership and doership, and not outer renunciation of work, wealth, home etc. in Ramananda Prasad’s translation of the Gita, he provides a great summary of the 9 types of samnyasa:

(1) Renunciation of ac­tions forbidden by the scriptures (16.23-24),

(2) Renunciation of lust, anger, greed, fear, likes and dislikes, and jealousy (3.34, 16.21);

(3) Spurning of procrasti­nation in the search of Truth (12.09),

(4) Giving up feeling pride in one’s knowledge, detachment, devotion, wealth, and charitable deeds (15.05, 16.01-04);

(5) Rejection of selfish motives and attachment to the fruits of all works (2.51, 3.09, 4.20, 6.10),

(6) Renunciation of the feeling of doership and ownership in all undertakings (12.13, 18.53),

(7) Giving up thoughts of using the Lord to fulfill material desires (2.43, 7.16);

(8) Spurning attachments to material objects, such as a house, wealth, position, and power (12.19, 13.09); and

(9) Sacrifice of wealth, prestige, and even life for a noble cause and protection of righteousness (Dharma) (2.32, 4.28).

Let us remember that this path is long and difficult, and we may not be able to achieve full samnyasa overnight. But if we commit to do our best and trust that progress will be made with God’s grace, then we will surely find peace.

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