Recently I have seen a video in which an elderly man says sanyāsaṃ is prohibited in Kali yuga. His statement is as follows:

Aśvamedha, Gomedha, sanyāsaṃ, offering meat to manes, Begetting children after consuming alcohol should be given up in Kaliyuga.

  • What is the sanskrit verse? Which smriti has this statement?
  • Why is it said sanyāsaṃ should be given up in Kaliyuga?
  • Are there any exceptions for the statement because we have many great acharyas who are sanyāsis' ?
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    This Page says Brahma Vaivarta Purana Krishna Janma Khanda 185.180 is the above verse. But Krishna Janma Khanda has only 133 Chapters. So, i think this is interpolation.
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 31 '17 at 4:06
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    Sanyasam is not prohibited in any Yuga as it is prescribed by Upanishads. See Jabala Upanishad.
    – Tezz
    Jan 31 '17 at 5:25
  • @UdayKrishna That's why I posted a question . Together?!! How? Could you please elaborate it in answer field? Feb 1 '17 at 11:19

From the book "Essence of Dharma Sindhu" we get the following list of acts that are considered as "Nishiddhas" or prohibited in Kali Yuga.

Kali Yuga Nishiddhas:

The following are the avoidable and unnecessary acts of Kali Yuga viz. Samudra Yatra, carrying of Kamandulu to misdirect the Public , remarriages, begetting children from husband’s brothers; Go Vadha; Mamsa Bhakshana at Shraddhas; performing vivaha to a physically immature girl; Chira kaala Brahmacharitwa; Naramedha Ashwamedha Gomedha Yagna; Madya Paana, Abhakshya Bhakshana, Apeya paana, Agamyaagamana orcwandering aimlesly Rahasya Prayascittha, Devata Puja and Pashubali for evil ends; Kula Bhrashtata; Extreme Profiteering and narrow mindedness.

So,some things mentioned in the sloka in your question,like gomedha,aswamedha,offering meat to manes,etc are indeed prohibited in kali yuga but not Sannyasa.

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    +1 for this answer, May i know the main source of information in the given book is from ?
    – Ritesh.mlk
    Feb 17 '17 at 8:37
  • @Rishi The book quotes from Smritis and Puranas..In this case the original source must be some Puranas(my guess)..
    – Rickross
    Feb 17 '17 at 12:44

Brahmavaivarta Purana.Krishna-Janma-Khanda.185.180:

asvamedham gavalambham sannyasam palapaitrkam devarena sutopattim kalau panca vivarjayet

Five things are forbidden in the age of Kali – horse-sacrifice, cow-sacrifice, acceptance of sannyasa, offering flesh to the forefathers and begetting a child in the womb of the wife of one’s elder brother.

  • The numbering of the verse is not correct. You can remove that.
    – user16618
    Jan 17 '19 at 2:57
  • Krishna janma khanda has only 133 chapters from sources i know. Do you have BvP with other chapters?
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 17 '19 at 8:11

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