Matha Gitananda Ashram


Samnyasa - renunciation

Samnyasa means to “renounce, let go, set aside, abandon, renounce the world”.

Samnyasin is one who is detached from the world, is the one who renounces the way of the world, but the real renunciation is the renunciation to "I and my".

The conduct of monks includes the observance of the vows, service, discipline, obedience to the dharma principles expressed in the Vedas and by the ancient sages, rishis, and devotion to the tradition of the Masters. The search for God is his absolute need and his only goal is liberation -mukti- from ignorance which separates us from our true Divine nature.


Samnyasin is he who has left behind him the world of duties and desires, whose only aspiration is to attain to a state of peace, beatitude, and perfect knowledge of the self, beyond birth and death. His renunciation makes him an atmayajnin, he who sacrifices himself. He becomes the oblation of the eternal cosmic sacrifice, and aware of this, he dedicates himself fully to the service of God. When the monks are initiated in the sacred order of the samnyas, they join the universal body of the renounciates, whose existence has always been like an uninterrupted flux from the time of the Veda until now.

È credenza comune che i samnyasin abbiano origini divine, ovvero dai quattro figli mentali di Brahma, i Kumara, che possedevano assoluta rinuncia .
Le scritture dichiarano che le due vie, capofamiglia e rinunciante, sono distinte negli ottenimenti e nel dharma e affermano che la vera rinuncia non può essere ottenuta da quelli che vivono nel mondo anche se animati da una genuina attitudine di distacco.
I sacri Veda dichiarano “L’uomo che ha trovato Lui, diventa un monaco silente. Desiderando Lui solo come mondo, gli asceti lasciano le loro case ed errano”.

“Who are those apt to enter the sacred order of the samnyasa? Only those who renounce the world completely, who have no preoccupation for tomorrow, who do not worry about what they will eat or wear. It is necessary for them to be like a man who can climb the tallest of trees and then can abandon himself to a fall, without worrying about his limbs nor his life.”