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Swami Kriyananda wrote A Renunciate Order for the New Age as a new approach to renunciation. The old way was defined by what one doesn’t do, and can even be life negating. The new model is based on positive aspects of renunciation – It is God- and bliss-affirming, and is more of an inner practice.

The Nayaswami Order is intended for people from all walks of life, married or single, who are committed to finding God, and is open to people of every religious affiliation.

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Renunciation is of the heart. It isn’t what you wear, or the outward rules you follow. When you renounce all for God, you hold that renunciation as a precious secret between you and Him. All your desires, all your ambitions, then, are for Him alone.

– From Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda

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On Sunday, 8 March, during satsang honouring Mahasamadhi of Paramhansa Yogananda, we will give opportunity for Sangha members to take the Pilgrim’s Vow.

Read the Pilgrim’s Vow

If you’re interested in this, please join Daya and Keshava for the discussion on Inner Renunciation Sunday, 16 February, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

If you feel moved to take any of the other Renunciate Order vows, (Tyagi, Brahmachari or Nayaswami, also below), please make an appointment with Daya and Keshava to discuss.

Why a new order?

Though many people consider themselves deeply spiritual, many convents and monasteries stand empty. Renunciation in the traditional sense no longer has the respect it once had in society.

At the same time, true renunciation remains the heart and soul of the spiritual life. The problem is not with the principle itself, but the way it has been practiced.

For millennia, renunciation has been defined by what you give up, or by what God takes away.

But as we have moved into a higher age of awareness, people have begun to see that suppressing the ego is not the same as transcending it.

Anyone may join this new order. It is open to spiritual seekers of any faith, and not limited to those who are part of Ananda. Swami Kriyananda’s A Renunciate Order for the New Age describes the new order in detail.

If, after reading this book and the vows, you feel inspired to take this step, or to talk about what it means, please contact us. The nature of this renunciation is that you must step forward and ask to be accepted. Usually at Ananda, one waits to be invited, but in this case, one must declare for oneself that this is your intention.

The four vows of the new renunciate order

THE PILGRIM’S VOW OF INTENTION
I understand, and intend from now on to live by my understanding, that life is a pilgrimage, of which the final goal is to find and merge back into God.

I will endeavor resolutely, therefore, to direct all my thoughts and actions toward that end.

I will offer up all material desires for purification in the fire of divine bliss.

I will offer up all attachments for purification in that cosmic fire.

I will search my heart daily for any lingering desires and attachments, and will offer them to Thee, my Cosmic Beloved.

I will strive to be an example to others of a pure, discriminating, and noble life.

I will offer the fruit of all my actions and labors to Thee alone.

Bless me, and direct my footsteps ever to the summit of Thy holy mountain.


RENUNCIATE VOW OF BRAHMACHARYA
I understand, and fully accept, that the true purpose of life for all human beings is to seek God.

In pursuit of that goal, I offer my own life unreservedly to seeking my Divine Source.

I will retain no ego-gratifying goal in my life, but will strive always, and above all, to please God.

I will look upon life as God’s dream-drama, and also dream-entertainment. I will accept as His gift whatever comes to me in life.

I renounce attachment to things, people, places, and all self-definitions—except one: I will define myself always as a child of God, and will obey whatever guidance He gives me.

I offer to Thee, Lord, my life, my desires, my attachments, and the fruit of all my labors.

Bless me, and strengthen me, that I become ever more perfect in this, my holy vow.


RENUNCIATE VOW OF TYAGA
I understand, and fully accept, that the true purpose of life for all human beings is to seek God.

In pursuit of that goal, I offer my own life unreservedly to seeking my own Divine Source

I will retain no ego-gratifying goal in my life, but will strive always, and above all, to please God.

I will view my partner as a channel of God’s blessing, guidance, and strength, and will strive always to be a similar channel in return.

I will endeavor always, through the love and respect I feel for my partner, to reach out in love and service to all humanity.

I will try never to see anything in this world as mine, but will view everything as a manifestation of God.

I will look upon life as God’s dream-drama, and also dream-entertainment. I will accept as His gift whatever comes to me in life.

I offer to Thee, Lord, my life, my desires, my attachments, and the fruit of all my labors.

Bless me, and strengthen me, that I become ever more perfect in this, my holy vow.


VOW OF COMPLETE RENUNCIATION (NAYASWAMI VOW)
From now on, I embrace as the only purpose of my life the search for God.

I will never take a partner, or, if I am married, I will look upon my partner as belonging only to Thee, Lord. In any case, I am complete in myself, and in myself will merge all the opposites of duality.

I no longer exist as a separate entity, but offer my life unreservedly into Thy great Ocean of Awareness.

I accept nothing as mine, no one as mine, no talent, no success, no achievement as my own, but everything as Thine alone.

I will feel that not only the fruit of my labor, but the labor itself, is only Thine. Act through me always, Lord, to accomplish Thy design.

I am free in Thy joy, and will rejoice forever in Thy blissful presence.

Help me in my efforts to achieve perfection in this, my holy vow. For I have no goal in life but to know Thee, and to serve as Thy channel of blessing to all mankind.