Renouncing the world

Just as some people are very keen on the idea of standing on your head, some people are very keen on the idea of renouncing the world. They seem to think that it’s a good idea and that you should take it up. Whether it is or not I suppose rather depends on how you see it. But if you examine the idea carefully you might conclude that such gestures are rather futile. Or even absurd. Absurd, because of the impossibility of it. After all, the world you may seek to renounce is actually in your own mind. And so, how on earth will you renounce it? You cannot renounce it any more than you can renounce your own mind. You can come to understand the world through careful observation and modify your activities accordingly, but that is not renunciation. That is called coming into the understanding of things. It is intelligence.