Taking Sannyasa: Right or wrong?

Sacinandana plays “Sannyasi” (Nrsimha Festival, Jandelsbrunn, Germany)

Since after the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada we have seen so many deviations of the GBC self-appointed Sannyasis who come and go after their fall downs.

But was it actually still permitted to take Sannyasa right after His disappearance?

Sannyāsa Ashram outlawed

“If you talk in the modern society they will laugh: “What nonsense this man is… ‘By sex life one becomes conditioned.’ “ They cannot understand. Hare Krsna…This should be strictly outlawed, no more sannyasis. And those sannyasis who have fallen, you get them married, live like a… No more this showbottle, cheating. It is very ludicrous. Even there is a promise that “We shall not fall down again,” that is also not believable. What is the use?”

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, 7/1/77)

Breaking all Sannyasi rules (Brian Tibbits)

Prabhupada made very bad experiences with many Sannyasis that only pretended to be following strictly. So because of that Prabhupada had declared His desire to prohibit to appoint new Sannyasis.

In the Vedas we also find that Sannyasa is forbidden:

aśvamedhaṁ gavālambhaṁ

sannyāsaṁ pala-paitṛkam

devareṇa sutotpattiṁ

kalau pañca vivarjayet

“In this age of Kali, five acts are forbidden: the offering of a horse in sacrifice, the offering of a cow in sacrifice, the acceptance of the order of sannyāsa, the offering of oblations of flesh to the forefathers, and a man’s begetting children in his brother’s wife.” (CC Adi 17.164)

Quotation from the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa (Kṛṣṇa-janma-khaṇḍa 185.180)

This verse is specially for Mayavadis because in this age they’re so much degraded. But a devotee who is advanced can actually take the renounced order.

Here again Prabhupada expressed His desire to not create Sannyasis anymore:

“And this kind of hypocrisy–they have taken sannyasa and mixing with woman. This is not to be allowed. If you want woman you get yourself married, live respectfully. We have no objection. But this hypocrisy should be stopped. There have been so many fallen down. First of all there will be no sannyasi anymore. I have got very bad experience. And at least, we are not going to create new sannyasis. And those who have fallen down, let them marry, live like respectable gentlemen. I have no objection. […]

Get one wife and live like a gentleman. Similarly woman. Live with one husband fastidiously, with children. What is the wrong there? We have so many grhastha devotees. […]

But what is this nonsense that you take sannyasa and make relation with…? This should be completely stopped.”

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, 7/1/77)

Paramadvaita “Pool Swami” embrassing girl

“And we discussed the sannyasa recommendations. […]

And for next year no recommendations were made.”

(Room Conversation GBC Members, 2nd and 3rd March, 1977)

Here the GBC is telling Prabhupada that they have fulfilled His desire to not create anymore Sannyasis.

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