FAQ

Is Sannyas or Marriage better?
Isn’t sannyas running away from responsibility of your family?
Who is qualified for sannyas?
Doesn’t sannyas take away your freedom?
I am married. Can I take sannyas?
What are the eligibility criteria for taking sannyas?
If I am not able to satisfy all the above criteria, does that mean that I cannot take sannyas?
What does the sannyas lifestyle consist of?
Can I live sannyas but not take initiation into sannyas?
Is sannyas a lifetime decision?
Is there a way I can try out sannyas life first before deciding?
Can I live a wandering sannyas lifestyle?
What are the vows a sannyasi lives?
What is the purpose of a sannyasi?
I am not a Hindu. Can I still take sannyas?
Is there a minimum or maximum age for taking sannyas?
What is the significance of the saffron robes of a sannyasi?
Is sannyas renunciation?
Can a sannyasi hold wealth?
How is a sannyasi useful to society?
Is sannyas escapism from the world?

1. Is Sannyas or Marriage better?
For this, you need to understand deeply and clearly the fundamentals of human nature and potential.
Please understand: Physiologically human being is polygamous, but psychologically he is monogamous.
Your mind has the power and ability only to take responsibility for one relationship, to love only one person.
When you don’t share love and you share only the body, you will have so much disrespect towards you. When your body, your physiology also evolves to the level of psychological and becomes monogamous, that is called maturity. This is the basis of marriage.
But there is a higher and much more joyful state than this.
This is when your physiological level evolves to the level of “no need for any game”, no need for any external pleasure, when you are established in the space of completion and you radiate completion. Then you don’t need any pleasure from outside and your mind evolves to develop the ability to love everyone in the world. The body goes beyond the need for pleasure, the mind radiates completion and is able to love everyone and take responsibility for everyone. That is the state of sannyas!
Sannyas means the body is completely complete and the mind is able to love the whole world, able to take responsibility for the whole world.

2. Isn’t sannyas running away from responsibility of your family?
Sannyas is taking responsibility for the whole world. It is not running away from home or responsibility. It is running away from small responsibilities to take the greatest responsibilities. That is why again and again I tell you sannyas is the greatest responsibility. It is time we create responsible sannyasis. My sannyasis will be the real greatest responsible sannyasis.

3. Who is qualified for sannyas?
Taking sannyas is a decision any individual makes out of completion; it does not need any external qualification to be bestowed on one!

4. Doesn’t sannyas take away your freedom?
The first thing sannyas liberates you from is the wrong ideas of freedom. Freedom has two dimensions, freedom from’ and ‘freedom for’. Whatever society taught you as freedom is only ‘freedom from’; you never learnt for what you need freedom.
Sannyas gives you freedom from many of the patterns or bondages you are carrying. You will be liberated from the pseudo idea of freedom you are carrying and you will find the real inner freedom and outer freedom. Freedom from the concepts of freedom and for the right reason is real freedom. I tell you, my sannyasis are the real richest people as they can dedicate their life and time for the ultimate freedom.
When you don’t take responsibility for anything, you live as Slave. When you take the responsibility for the money of the society, you become Vaishya. When you take the responsibility for weapons of the society, you become Kshatriya. When you take the responsibility for knowledge of the society, you become Brahmana. When you take responsibility for everything, you become a sannyasi!

5. I am married. Can I take sannyas?
In the Nithyananda order, to take sannyas, one has to be legally single.

6. What are the eligibility criteria for taking sannyas?
1) Being legally single (unmarrid, divorced or widowed)
2) Being free of financial obligations (loans, debts, credits, etc)
3) Having no dependents
4) Being committed to living the 4 principles of integrity, authenticity, responsibility and enriching
5) Being commited to living the vows of sannyas – satya (truth), ahimsa (non-violence), aparigraha (living with minimal possessions), asteya (non-stealing) and brahmacharya (celibacy in thought, word and deed)
6) Being committed to the guru (Master), dhamma (Master’s teachings) and sangha (Mission of the Master)
7) Being complete with yourself, your family and friends

7. If I am not able to satisfy all the above criteria, does that mean that I cannot take sannyas?

No, you can work towards completing with your obligations and meanwhile try out the sannyas lifestyle!
You can enroll for the sannyas training programs:
a. 3 month Sannyas Training Level 1 (open to Inner Awakening Level 2 graduates)
b. 1 year sannyas training (open to all)

8. What does the sannyas lifestyle consist of?
Link to the section on “The Enriching Lifestyle of Sannyas”

9. Can I live sannyas but not take initiation into sannyas?
If you are sincere and authentic about living sannyas, initiation is the obvious next step, as it is the runway for the flight of sannyas to take off from!
Being in the regular rut of life, it is highly difficult, almost impossible to live the enriching but disciplined life of sannyas, as it is like rowing against the current!

10. Is sannyas a lifetime decision?
Yes, taking sannyas initiation is a decision of a lifetime.
However, if you would like to try the sannyas life before making the decision, you can get enrolled in the sannyas training program and get ordained as a ‘krama brahmachari’ which involves living the sannyas lifestyle but not yet making the commitment to a life of sannyas.

11. Is there a way I can try out sannyas life first before deciding?
Yes. If you would like to try the sannyas life before making the decision, you can get enrolled in the sannyas training program and get ordained as a ‘krama brahmachari’ which involves living the sannyas lifestyle but not yet making the commitment to a life of sannyas.

12. Can I live a wandering sannyas lifestyle?
Yes. There is the option of ‘parivrajakayatra’ which involves a wandering sannyas lifestyle.
In Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s words:
“Be in India as a back-packer for one year! I wanted to revive this lifestyle of “parivrajaka”. Even now, in MahanirvaniAkhada, our Akhada, we do it. Every KumbhMela we initiate thousands of youngsters into sannyas and let them go around the country and enrich the world. When they come back for the next KumbhMela, that is after two-and-a-half to three years, they become part of the Akhada, they take responsibility like Kothari, Thanedar, Mahant, Sri Mahant, all these responsibilities they take up.
I also wanted, O India, O Indian Youth, and I call people from all over the world, all practicing Hindus – take up at least this one yearparivrajaka.Be a back-packer in India, travelling to all the twelve Jyotirlingas and ShakthiPeethas. I tell you, it will do so much of enriching, so much of enriching!
I have done this in my life. So I sincerely recommend all the youth should take this up at least for one year. You can even go as a group, four to five people, nothing wrong. It does not need to be just one person or two persons. Go as a group. Do like PadaYatra. It is possible. You can do as a PadaYatra, or travelling, anything. But spend a year, at least one year, as a back-packer in India.
I really feel even my sannyasis should go at least for one year. Only then they will have the new energy of enriching. See, when you are stuck and unable to get out, you should take up this kind of a new activity to awaken the space of enriching in you.
I know, Vivekananda wanted an organization for sadhus so that they will collectively do a lot of good for society. On one side, MahanirvaniAkhada wants sadhus to reach out, enrich, so that they keep themselves alive and they go on enriching society. On the other side, organizations created by people like Vivekananda say, ‘No, let them all stay together in one place and contribute to society.’ I think, both should be mixed in the right proportion for the modern day. If you are staying in one place, campus, forever, you are stuck, bored, tired. If you are continuously wandering, you are also wasting your life eternally in restlessness. So, once in a while going around, PadaYatra, that should be the right proportion and the right way of living.
O youth of India, practicing Hindus all over the world, I give you a clarion call! Live at least one year as a back-packer in India, travelling all over, to all the Jyotirlingas and all the ShakthiPeethas. And I also commit to revive this lifestyle of Parivrajaka, give the taste of this Parivrajaka lifestyle to the next generation of youth. Through my organization and the Sangha, through our devotees, we will support you during your Parivrajaka, providing the basic facilities for you to go around and enrich.
Each sannyasi should take up these three as a commitment:
1. One, being an Acharya, having the ability to enrich everyone with the great truths of Vedic tradition.
2. And being a Parivrajaka, who has traversed the length and breadth of the country.
3. And being a Paramahamsa, remaining in the highest space untouched by any incompletion or impurities, being always in the space of completion.
In each village, the local devotees, disciples should gather, enrich people, do kirtans, and conduct satsangs, enriching everyone with the four tattvas and helping the local community for a better world, cleaning the temples, schools, water bodies.
And from my Jayanthi Day till next Jayanthi, one full year, I will also initiate people for Parivrajaka – be a back-packer for one year. Whoever wants to be initiated, please be here on my Jayanthi Day, 27th December 2013.
Come back next Jayanthi to become part of the Sangha, after being polished, shining like a diamond. Just like MahanirvaniAkhada, just like our Akhada, we should encourage, help, awaken people to do this Parivrajaka, to be a back-packer for one year in India, travelling the length and breadth of India, going to the Jyotirlingas and ShakthiPeethas.
I tell you, you will not be stuck up. You will not be stuck in your life. These kind of activities awaken so much of Kundalini in you, intelligence in you, it brings a new energy to live the morality in you, new energy to live the four tattvas in you.
With this, I give my clarion call to all the youth of India and practicing Hindus all over the world to prepare yourself for the one year ParivrajakaYatra to taste the Vedic Tradition, spirituality. Please understand, the Indian elite is completely disconnected from Bharat, India. The Indian elite lives in such a disconnected, rootless space. That is why they constantly threaten the mainstream Hinduism, they constantly deny, destroy, depress anything related to mainstream Hinduism, and they don’t want to spare, leave, even a little bit of anything related to Hinduism. Because they live rootless, they become ruthless! Understand, it is our responsibility to show the Indian elite their roots and tell them, ‘Don’t be rootless!’

13. What are the vows a sannyasi lives?
Link to “The Enriching Lifestyle of Sannyas”

14. What is the purpose of a sannyasi?
A sannyasi lives, breathes to continuously be established in completion and enriching one and all from this powerful space of completion. This can express itself in infinite ways in both the inner and outer world – inner world fulfillment and outer world success and enriching.

15. I am not a Hindu. Can I still take sannyas?
If you are a practicing Hindu, if you believe in and live the basic tenets of Hinduism, you can take sannyas.

16. Is there a minimum or maximum age for taking sannyas?
You need to be a major as per your country law to take sannyas. In India, the minimum age is hence
18. There is no maximum age for taking sannyas; you need to be young at heart and in spirit!

17. What is the significance of the saffron robes of a sannyasi?
The saffron robes are a reminder to the sannyasi of the lifestyle and commitments that he or she has taken up. The saffron also reminds the sannyasi that he has put in the fire his old identity and committed to live a life of enriching.

18. Is sannyas renunciation?
Sannyas is renouncing what you don’t have – your lack of integrity, inauthenticity, irresponsibility, lack of enriching yourself and others; and living with what you have – integrity, authenticity, responsibility, enriching yourself and others

19. Can a sannyasi hold wealth?
A sannyasi has no wealth as personal possession. He can be handling and using wealth as a member of the sangha to do the various enriching initiatives of the sangha.

20. How is a sannyasi useful to society?
A sannyasi commits his life to enriching the world with the highest truths of life – listening, completion, the 4 tattvas, and leads every human being to experience his highest possibility and the highest truth of enlightenment, which is the very purpose of life.

21. Is sannyas escapism from the world?
Sannyas is not escapism from the world. In fact, it is exactly the opposite – it is taking responsibility for the whole world.