Setting: Rishikesh, India in the ninth century CE.
[A Brahman Priest of the Dharma-Sastras is walking and comes by a fairly young
Renunciant, who is digging a large hole in the ground and wearing very little clothing.
The scene looks peculiar to the priest so he attempts to ask what the man is doing].
Brahman: Why are you digging that hole, Sir?
[No answer is reciprocated from the Renunciant]
Brahman: Sir, I am sure that task is not your social responsibility.
[The Renunciant looks up and with frustration answers him]
Renunciant: I have no social responsibility now but to liberate myself from samsara,
which is the cycle of life and death. I have lived so many lives, body after body with this
old soul of mine. I am ready to achieve moksa, liberation from this cycle of life and
death, as I have no further need for the worldly attachment and bondage that this gross
body bestows, nor do I wish to be born again.
Brahman: That body of yours helps maintain the social and cosmic orders! Yes, it may
seem negative in all of it’s impure bodily secretions, such as semen, sweat, blood and
mucus, but you must realize that those secretions are inevitable.
Renunciant: The human body is a sewer that I no longer was to be embodied by.
Brahman: Perhaps, it may not be the purest thing in this world, but you must realize that
and then continue to purify it.
For example, I do not eat meat meat, I have a brahmanical
chef cook my meals, and I do not take part in impure activities such as sex when my wife
is menstruating, nor do I cry, but I, as well as you, must still follow the path of
Varnasrama-Dharma by performing my ritual and social duties, those of which are given
to me upon birth in correlation to my varna, or social class, which is brahmin.
Renunciant: Like I told you before, the human body is nothing but a source of bondage
and a locus of desire that I am separating from completely to achieve moksa, liberation
from the cycle of life and death.
I see your ways of “purifying” but I find it to be much
simpler to just rid myself of desires completely.
I instead am following the path of
Brahman: And oppose Varnasrama-Dharma?!? What does your path lead you to do?
Renunciant: Gain knowledge of the ultimate reality, which is done through discovering
To do this, I must meditate and detach completely.
Brahman: The human body is a vessel for your soul, you should just learn to rid it of