How can a saviour renounce his wife and new born child? A GOD who shows the path to nirvana (enlightenment)? In Hindu religion each MAN has to go through four ashrams/stages of life. One important stage of this is the ‘grihastha ashram’ or householder phase. This was defined as a time that MAN should spend in raising a family and  fulfilling his duties to society.

So how can a man who renounced his householder duties, deserted two lives that were dependant on him, be regarded as a saint? A man makes a decision, a commitment in fact, when he marries a woman, and begets a child. Once the decision is made, the rightful thing in any religion/culture would require the man to stand by his decision. Renouncing his duties, in pursuit of other things (divine knowledge in this case), can not be condoned.

Legend of Buddha states that Lord Buddha (Prince Siddhartha) had decided that he would renounce his luxurious life, his then pregnant wife and become an ascetic. After he had made this decision, he received news of the birth of his son. The first word that the Prince said when he heard of the birth of His son was “Raahu”. Raahu means an obstacle. A very unfair fate indeed for the innocent child.

In Hindu mythology, GODs often take avataars/human form to teach human race good lessons in living and Dharma. Ramayan and Gita are some of the best examples of GODs teachings to human race. In the great Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjun –

“Not by mere abstaining from action does a man reach the state of actionlessness, nor by mere renunciation does he arrive at perfection.”