So that was young Leopold Fischer who landed in India with the sole desire of becoming a Sanyasi. (One has to be initiated into Sanyasashrama by one who is already a Sanyasi). But the monks in India could not accede to his request for grant of Sanyasa as they said it is the sole preserve of Hindus and he as an European is not entitled to follow Sanyasashrama. However, he luckily met one particular Sanyasi belonging to the Sringeri Sarada Peetam (One of the five Peetams established by Adi Sankaracharya) who was willing to initiate him into Sanyasa. Sitting right in the middle of two burning pyres on the banks of River Ganga at Banares (Varanasi) at midnight he was initiated into Sanyasashrama and Leopold Fischer officially became a Swami and his new name was Swami Agehananda Bharati.

  • To become a Sanyasi one should be a Brahmin and male. Apr 25 '18 at 4:34
  • Ramakrishna Mission has many non-Hindu sannyasis. You can see the photographs of 1 female sannyasi here: www.vedanta.org Apr 25 '18 at 12:21
  • But then they themselves (Ramakrishna mission) claimed they are not Hindu :-) (they lost that case in court) @Pradip Gangopadhyay
    – S K
    Apr 25 '18 at 12:38
  • Their lawyers advised them to make use of the pro-minority laws to stop the CPI(M) government from taking over their shcools and colleges. The Left government wanted to boot out the Swamis and get CPI(M) goons to the governing bodies. The lawyers of RKM told them that as a Hindu org they will loose control over all their schools and colleges. Hence they tried to get the minority tag. After the fall of the left govt they have gotten the minority tag from the Mamata government. All this is to stop political interference and has nothing to do with their being non-Hindu. Apr 25 '18 at 13:01

SanyAsa is not someone's monopoly and it is completely private. It is not dogmatic. It become dogmatic only when the SanyAsa is forced upon oneself by oneself.

The Supreme Divine Personality said: Giving up of actions motivated by desire is what the wise understand as sanyās. Relinquishing the fruits of all actions is what the learned declare to be tyāg. BG-18.2

So anyone can be Sanyasi just by giving up actions motivated by desires. It has nothing to do with any establishment intrinsically.

  • Who uses supreme divine personality? Did the translator use it? Apr 25 '18 at 5:13
  • @Sarvabhouma Yes, I also felt awkward while pasting here. Apr 25 '18 at 5:14
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    But this is not the external Sannyas. Where they are required to give up the thread and all. This is the internal Sannyas which is the real one. For the external Sannyas only Dvijas are qualified. @Rohit.
    – Rickross
    Apr 25 '18 at 17:52
  • @Rickross internal is the meat. Apr 26 '18 at 16:20
  • If OP is asking about internal Sannyas then the question itself is invalid.. so answers should be given from the usual perspective..@Rohit.
    – Rickross
    Apr 27 '18 at 5:38

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