Internally a hermit, and externally a prince.

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Ajay0
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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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Re: Internally a hermit, and externally a prince.

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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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