What Amma says about Sannyas
“Even a Sannyasi’s breath should be for the good of others. It is said that he should not even breathe for his own comfort. The whole body has been sacrificed in the fire of Knowledge. The Ochre cloth symbolizes the colour of fire. Now he is of the nature of the Self.
“A Sannyasi should worship everyone seeing them as Devi or the form of God. It is through human beings that God should be served.
“The Sannyasi doesn’t have a particular God. He should serve the people seeing them as God. His remaining life is to serve them.
“A Sannayasi should live dedicating his life who are verily the forms of God. There is no tapas or realisation higher than that. He should serve everyone seeing them as God.
“His duty towards God is compassion towards the poor and needy. Other than that, however much penance you do, there is no benefit.
“Permission to enter a country cannot be gained without a passport. Without the passport of Serivce, you will not get visa of Realisation.
“For a genuine Sannyasi, the whole world is a garden and each individual is a flower therein. Such a person belongs to the whole world and has no particular caste, creed, sect or religion. Everyone has equal rights to the Sannyasi. Every one is euqal in his eyes.
“A Sannyasi is a real servant of the world. In fact, he or she is the only one who serves and loves the world without expecting anything in return.
Initiation Ceremony for a Brahmachari
After a few years of stay in the ashram, some of the residents are given formal initiation into Brahmacharya. This involves donning of yellow robes and accepting new names.
The new names of the Brahmacharis are suffixed with Chaitanya (consciousness). The yellow colour of the new robes indicate the beginning of the flame of renunciation, which the brahmacharis are supposed to nurture and nourish.
The Brahmacharya Initiation ceremony involves fasting, shaving one’s head except for a tuft of hair (by the male brahmacharis), performance of a Ganapati Homa, accepting and donning yellow robes and the sacred thread and also receiving a new name.
After a day of fasting, in accordance with the ancient tradition of renunciates, the newly initiated brahmacharis go and take alms from devotees and cook their first meal.
After receiving formal initiation into Brahmacharya, many of the brahmacharis serve Amma in various branch ashrams or by going on tours to various parts of India and the world. Thus they spread Amma’s message of Love and Compassion. Some of them are put in charge of the various institutions run by the Math.
These brahmacharis provide a means for devotees, living away from Amma, to stay in touch with Her, the ashram and spiritual life.