By Arundhati Roy
First released in 2001, this e-book brings jointly all of Arundhati Roy's political writings thus far. This revised paperback variation comprises new essays, written in early 2002: 'Democracy: who is She whilst She's now not at Home', which examines the bad communal violence in Gujarat, and 'War speak: summer season video games with Nuclear Bombs', in regards to the possibility of nuclear battle within the Subcontinent
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Renouncers are supposed to have neither personality nor autobiography. In sannyasa, “the adjuncts of the individual self’s psychosomatic personality are to be stripped away” (Hirst 1993:129). Anand Mata once described her decision to take sannyasa in terms of her refusal to submit to family pressure to remain in married life, but she concluded with the following statement: “Even to say ‘I’ll choose my own path’ has ego. Pride and ego are the first and final problems one faces in sadhana. 16 While renouncers are not supposed to seek the lime- Women in Ochre Intro 8/23/03 12:57 PM Page 17 Introduction 17 light or be concerned about reputation, reputation does matter, probably more so for women initiates, and the sannyasinis portrayed here are concerned with maintaining theirs.
They may follow elaborate rules of ritual purity or deliberately ignore them. 3 Women in Ochre Chap 1 26 8/23/03 12:58 PM Page 26 Women in Ochre Robes Sannyasa as an Idea: Singular Aim It is easier to generalize about the goals of sannyasa than about its sociology. The singular aim of sannyasa is, of course, the attainment of knowledge (jnana) or liberation (moksha). To this end, renouncers cultivate an attitude of detachment (vairagya) toward the transient world. To have vairagya is to remain indifferent to illness, pain, loneliness, sensual temptation, material goods, uncertainty, fear, and even insults.
Ironically, the act of renunciation may in fact push an ascetic into more extensive social involvement than if he or she remained a layperson” (Narayan 1989:80). The social involvement of particular renouncers varies in both nature and degree, but it was not seen by the women I met as antithetical to renunciation. ” At the same time the tension here is real. For example, when householders view a particular renouncer as especially detached, and spiritually elevated, they seek to honor him or her by offering worldly and spiritual authority, personal adoration, and material comforts—all of which may present dilemmas for the renouncer.
Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy