Internally a hermit, and externally a prince.

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Internally a hermit, and externally a prince.

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Sikhism focuses on the harmonious balance of spirituality and materialism. This concept is also known as Rajarshi in Hindu philosophy with Rajarshi meaning a 'royal saint'.

As per Guru Nanak , anyone who makes a honest and virtuous living in remembrance of Waheguru (God), and shares his wealth with his fellow beings as charity need not perform any other rituals or austerities.

This fact was highlighted when the sixth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion, Guru Hargobind met the Hindu saint Samarth Ramdas.

When Ramdas questioned Guru Hargobind on his fine horse and elegant attire and asked what kind of saint was he, Guru Hargobind replied thus, "Internally a hermit, and externally a prince. Arms mean protection to the poor and destruction of the tyrant. Baba Nanak had not renounced the world but had renounced Maya".


Hinduism too considers the virtuous and saintly householder superior to the monk. The sage Tiruvalluvar commended that the monks too depend on their sustenance on the saintly householder who provides them with the necessities of food, medicine and shelter. Thus a part of the spiritual merit acquired by the monks is gained by the householder who supports them.

Where-ever there is a Sikh Gurudwara anywhere in the world, you can also find a Langar or community kitchen where food is prepared and given freely to those in need.

In Syria, a Langar was set up by Sikh aid groups to feed the numerous refugees and Yazidis, a persecuted minority .

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri ... 251449.cms
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A good, true ideal but rarer than the sagely monastic or hermit.

Jivanmukta King Janaka was probably the most famous of these apparently worldly Sages.
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Ajay0 wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:47 am Hinduism too considers the virtuous and saintly householder superior to the monk. The sage Tiruvalluvar commended that the monks too depend on their sustenance on the saintly householder who provides them with the necessities of food, medicine and shelter. Thus a part of the spiritual merit acquired by the monks is gained by the householder who supports them.
This article is perfect and beautiful, and makes a lot of sense. But in Hinduism, renounced monks which are considered Sanyassis are considered to be the Spiritual Masters of the social order. However True Sanyassi is an internal thing; a laborer, a housewife, or a king call all be real Sanyassis without dawning on saffron robes and giving up their occupations, as long as they fully renounce the material world and devote themselves fully to God, that is the only requirement. In Sikhism just as powerfully, every Gurkmukh (God Realized) Sikh is on the Same level, and all Souls are considered equal.
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The enlightened Lahiri Mahasaya, grandmaster of Paramahamsa Yogananda, worked as a government accountant while being a spiritual master of yoga and kriya to many disciples.

Lahiri also taught that if one is earning an honest living and practiced meditation and yoga honestly, then there was no need to alter one's external life in any significant way in order to become aware of God's presence. If a student neglected his worldly duties, he would correct him.

Trailanga Swami, famous for his yogic miracles, bowed down in salutation to Lahiri Mahasaya when they met . On being questioned for the same by his disciples, Trailanga explained thus, "“Lahiri Mahasaya is like a divine kitten, remaining wherever the Cosmic Mother has placed him. While dutifully playing the part of a worldly man, he has received that perfect Self-realization which I have sought by renouncing everything – even my loincloth!”

Chanakya similarly had stated thus, 'Dharmasya moolam Arthah' , meaning that Dharma has its basis in wealth earned by honest and righteous means.
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Yes the Kriya lineage has always had a large percentage of lay practitioners.

This DP thread mentions some others like Sri M.

https://dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=721
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Renouncing one's loincloth should only be done in three ways: desirelessly, renouncing one's material attachments to it while keeping it on. In the same way, while taking it off alone, for a specific reason, like bathing oneself, in proper modesty, not letting anyone see you, while putting it back on later. And three: taking it off consensually between one's mature Self and one's mature Lover, renouncing it, and the material world, only to care about Love and nothing else. Unattached, unpossessed, Only focused on compassion and unconditional Love which is the connection Lovers can have in such a way which is not contrary to religious principles and therefore Spiritual. One must always be careful and restrained, however, in every way.
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