Yoga and health on This too was criticized by the traditionalists, not least because many of those new sannyasins either failed to maintain their vows or took to the householder life. Even these, said Sivananda, are worthy of veneration. For, at least one day they were sannyasins. They had the courage to throw up their hands and say I renounce the pleasures of the three worlds. They had the boldness and daring to stand up against the greatest forces of nature, the forces that maintain this samsara those of self-preservation and procreation.52 For Sivananda, sannyasa was not a fixed ideal accessible to just a select few but a goal that could be reached via a number of stages. As Paramhamsa Niranjananda explains, the modern principles of sannyasa, i. Yoga and health 2016.
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