Swami Sivananda Asramam-
Chapter 5: Sivananda – The Fire of Sannyasa
Most of his earlier writings began with this proclamation :
“The goal of life is God-realisation.”
He would commence his work—be it a book, or an essay, or a message, or even a lecture—with the sentence, “The goal of life is God-realisation.”
Slowly, this concept is becoming more and more academic these days, i.e., it is accepted only by the intellect as a logical conviction and a rational acceptance of spiritual values but has little bearing on the practical life of people.
But to saints of the type of Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, it was a calling of life and not a mere intellectual conviction or a rational acceptance.
When we say that the goal of life is God-realisation, we have said everything that needs to be said.
Vairagya, renunciation or sannyasa, spontaneously flows from the acceptance, from the heart, of the fact that the goal of life is God-realisation.
It follows as a necessary consequence.
To be continued ....