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Kriyananda's creation in 2009 of the renunciate order--with four vowed lifestyle and commitment options, open to members and nonmembers alike--is also a sign of Ananda's coming into transformational maturity.
While the image of the fearsome yogi is still cultivated by some - and may even find new life with resurgent Hindu nationalism - it is today perceived sooner as a variant of the more familiar and pacific Hindu renunciate.
This question not only fuels academic and feminist analysis, it also emerges as a reality both for aspirants who wish to secure bhikkhuni status and for "nonbhikkhuni" Theravada female renunciates who must repeatedly negotiate their place within the lay-monastic divide.
The monks and nuns wear the orange robes (kavi) of Hindu renunciates.
Service projects - like orphanages, medical clinics, disaster relief, food assistance programs and rural development; educational facilities (mostly primary schools) and literacy training; cultural projects; and of course, missionary activity (primarily the teaching of meditation) - are the occupations of the renunciate yogi.
In terms of the Manu Laws of Hinduism women were debarred from holy Order and could not lead the independent renunciate life of a Buddhist nun.
Giving up desire is part of a renunciate lifestyle in this context, and again this is not quite ethics.
During the final stage, sannyasa, one becomes a renunciate, free from worldly obligations.
Young women have been sent by the king to seduce the bodhisattva so that he will be no longer interested in becoming a renunciate.
It might rather detract from it, since it would then be the act of a comparatively invulnerable being rather than that of a normally sincere mortal renunciate burdened with the contested value judgments and ethical struggles true to the case under discussion.
The head of this mutt, the last one of which was Srinivasa's uncle, is a renunciate bearing the title Ekangi Swami.
I liked, especially, Sengaku Mayeda's study of a nineteenth-century untouchable renunciate, Narayana Guru, for the way it highlighted the innovative capacities implicit in traditional thought and behavior--in this case, an unusual combination in one unlikely person of social uplift and withdrawal from society that would, indeed, have delighted the Adisamkaracarya--if not many of his followers.