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Question: We see in the namahatta update two sannyasis, who have come from namahatta also. That gives some thoughts that bhakti vrksas should also produce sannyasis?

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Jayapataka Swami: Ha! Ha! They are elderly people, why not? Varnasrama system is to be a brahmacari, grihasta, vanaprasta and finally sannyas. Actually in Kali yuga, Srila Prabhupada said if your wife is cooperative, she is Krsna conscious, she helps you, you don’t have to take sannyasa. You can stay a grihasta. But his wife sold his Bhagavad-gita manuscripts, to buy tea! That is too much! But if your wife is Krsna conscious and helpful, no need to take sannyasa. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur thought to take sannyasa. But Jagannath das Babaji told him, you are already more than a sannyasi! So you don’t have to take sannyasa.