Sannyasa is the stage of renunciation within the Hindu philosophy. This asceticism stems from renunciation of material desires and prejudices. The purpose is to spend ones life in a peaceful, loving and spiritual life. Normally this stage of life is reached after the first three stages of life: bachelor student, householder and retired person. Young bachelor students can skip the next two stages and go straight to the renunciation of worldly pursuits otherwise know as Moksha.
On the way to becoming a Sannysasa, white is worn, then saffron yellow is adopted, which is the point of no return .
This Guru is the head of the Giri family of Sannyasas who are also his disciples. Gurus observe their disciples, not awarding the status of Sannyasa immediately. Normally, the process takes a minimum of 12 years. Some of the Sannyasa in our photos have lived in this state for over 30 years.