The monotheistic monastic communities were also sucked into this process of militarisation. Hence we see that many monastic orders earlier restricted to high castes, started to recruit orphans, slaves, low castes, and landless peasants who they turned into ascetic warriors. Many of these were enlisted in the already existing militant defence divisions of those monastic orders. To get the job, the rural Lumpen-proletarian’ had to dress like a Sadhu.
In this way we can see the gates of the fields of liberation and salvation being formally opened for the rural surplus population. It became impossible to tell who was elite liberator and who were marginalised peasants and nomads.
This is also supported by Tavernier, who saw the connection between surplus population and their transformation into religious groups: