Author: Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Publisher: Yoga Publications Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185787727
Sannyasa is a universal tradition representing the original thoughts of humanity. Sannyasa Darshan covers the ancient and modern sannyasa tradition of renunciation and dedication to spiritual life.
This book discusses the sannyasa lineage, including the origins of sannyasa, the ashrama system, stages of sannyasa, traditional rules and requirements, as well as the modern concept of sannyasa as it has evolved and is being lived today. Detailed accounts of the life, work and teachings of four major pathfinders in the sannyasa lineage: Sage Dattatreya, Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda Saraswati are also presented.
Translations of five Sannyasa Upanishads: Kundikopanishad, Bhikshukopanishad, Avadhootopanishad, Paramahamsa Parivrajkopanishad and Nirvanopanishad (with commentary by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati) comprise the final section of the book.
Origin of Sannyasa
The Ashrama System
Rishis and Munis
Stages of Sannyasa
Traditional Rules and Requirements
Advent of Shankara
Dashnama Sannyasa Order
Dashnami Akhara and Alaka Bara
Song of the Sannyasin
Sannyasa in Modern Times
Who is Eligible for Sannyasa?
Code of Conduct
Qualities of a Sannyasin
Role of the Guru
Food for Sannyasins
Sublimation and Sannyasa
Suppression and Control
Keeping a Spiritual Diary
Women and Sannyasa
Women Saints and Sannyasins of India
Paramahamsa Parivrajaka Upanishad