Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi on Householder’s Desire for Renunciation or Moksha

How does a grihastha (householder) fare in the scheme of Moksha (liberation)?

Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi said, ‘Why do you think you are a grihastha?’ If you go out as a Sannyasi (ascetic), a similar thought that you are a Sannyasi will haunt you. Whether you continue in the household or renounce it and go to the forest, your mind goes with you.

The ego is the source of all thought. It creates the body and the world and makes you think you are a grihastha. If you renounce the world it will only substitute the thought Sannyasi for grihastha and the environment of the forest for that of the household.

But the mental obstacles will still be there. They even increase in the new surroundings. There is no help in change of environment. The obstacle is the mind. It must be got over whether at home or in the forest.

If you can do it in the forest, why not at home? Therefore, why change your environment? Your efforts can be made even now – in whatever environment you are now. The environment will never change according to your desire.

Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi