Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Sannyasin Mean?

Sannyasin is a Sanskrit word that describes someone who has reached the life stage of sannyasa, or "renouncement of material possession."

A sannyasin has turned away from all material possessions and emotional ties. They now live only to perfect their understanding of the spiritual world. This is seen as a state of sacrifice that leads to final liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth, or moksha.

For many advanced yogis, becoming a sannyasin is the final stage of yoga practice. They can devote themselves wholly to the pursuit of the spiritual understanding that comes from yoga.


Yogapedia Explains Sannyasin

A sannyasin doesn’t worry about the clothes they wear or what food they will eat tomorrow. Instead, they are only concerned with understanding the inner Self. Often wearing orange or yellowish-colored clothing, they lead an itinerant lifestyle.

Not everyone who practices yoga will go on to become a sannyasin. However, it is important to understand early on what this life stage is all about, so that the individual can better understand and prepare for the spiritual journey that disciplined yoga and meditation practice can take them on.

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