His act of renunciation, by the way, is not without appreciation. In spite of our family’s feeling of devastation and anger, primarily due to a forced separation from our loved one, there are some of those we respect, that said, he is a great individual who has embarked on an extraordinary journey which most ordinary people will fail to even imagine undertaking. We find it hard to digest that point of view, though.
This group of people are ready to appreciate our feeling of distress, however they say what he has done has a higher purpose and it is a matter to rejoice. Rejoice? that’s the last thing we, the family, can do in the face of losing a member to spirituality; to that mystery of God. You may be inclined and wondering what our family’s perception of God is, this I addressed in the section Role of religion in the family.
I am yet to appreciate their view or approve his act of vanishing. Though my own conclusions may be based on my limited knowledge of how this complex world works, as to the question, whether he has done the right thing, jury is not still out as far as I am concerned.
In spite of the tears that rolled down my mothers face and my own feeling of pain and devastation, how can I take a position that is appreciative of his spiritual wandering? He could have easily erased our pain and distress by backing off from his love for God and service to people, but he never did. There was so much challenge left in the material world if he went out and searched for it. There is so much suffering in the material world for him to dedicate his life to serve people. Where was the need to move to the spiritual world?
We always offered him the possibility of working for peoples welfare and in pursuit of God within the premise of his present social circle. But he needed to go full time and exit entirely from any and all attachments.