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What was Saint Namdev Ji's view on Household living?

asked 2018-07-26 00:50:53 -0600

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updated 2018-07-26 14:49:22 -0600

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Hi, According to an article about Saint Namdev by, most of the spiritual message of Bhagat Namdev, just like that of the Sikh Gurus, emphasized the importance of living the life of a householder (grist jeevan) and that through marriage and having a family one could attain enlightenment. Yet, at the same time the same article also mentions "Ranade also writes" "He (Namdev) tells us that it is impossible that the pursuit of God can be coupled with a life of Samsara....If it had been possible for him to see God while carrying on the duties of a householder, the great Suka would not have gone to the forest to seek God."

Could someone kindly explain this apparent contradiction?

Thank you Ji,

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answered 2018-07-26 11:00:38 -0600

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"Every thing is God; there is nothing but God; consider the world and God to be one; the foam (froth) and the water are not different." - Bhagat Namdav Ji.

There comes a stage in spiritual growth when duality falls away and everything is seen to be One. The wheel of samsara turns through millions of lifetimes, but the hub of the wheel, the still center, is always there. The saint lives with one foot on the hub and one on the rim of the wheel, able to shift his "weight" back and forth as the moment demands. It's not Union vs. Samsara. It's Union in the midst of samsara. One cannot "find" God. One can only connect to God within oneself through Naam. I don't attribute motives to Naam Dev Ji. His journey was a journey of love. Even if you spend a lifetime (or many) in renunciation, you will still have to incarnate as a householder since one must learn how to fulfill all earthly duites within the gariste ashram. The entire world rests on the back of the householders.

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