Apat Sannyas

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Apat Sannyas[edit]

In Hindu tradition, the Apat sannyas is all about deciding to explore multi-dimensions of individual. The moment person decides, “I am celebrating myself because I am consciousness,” person declares Apat Sannyasa. Apat sannyasa is nothing but individual deciding to celebrate his/her consciousness, deciding to engage, to explore the possibilities of consciousness.”[1] Apat Sannyas means whoever thinks their life is in danger, to escape from that, they take Apat Sannyas.[2]

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Etymology and synonyms[edit]

Apat Saṃnyāsa in Sanskrit Apat means urgent, nyasa means purification, sannyasa means "Purification of Everything".[3] It is a composite word of saṃ- which means "together, all", ni- which means "down" and āsa from the root as, meaning "to throw" or "to put".[4] A literal translation of Apat Sannyāsa is "to put down everything, all of it". Sannyasa is sometimes spelled as Sanyasa.[4]

In Dravidian languages, "sannyasi" is pronounced as "sanyasi". Sanyasis are also known as Bhiksu, Pravrajita/Pravrajitā,[5] Yati,[6] Sramana and Parivrajaka in Hindu texts.[7]

Story of Adi Shankaracharya[edit]

Adi Shankaracharya took his first sannyas when his life was in danger. A crocodile bit his leg, he thought his life was in danger, so he took Sannyas, so that let his life ends as a sanyasi. When life was threatened, he took Apat Sannyasa to save not only himself, but the Avataric mission for which he assumed the body and came down.


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  2. "Yashodhara Balaji". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  3. saMnyAsa Monier-Williams' Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon, Germany
  4. 4.0 4.1 Angus Stevenson and Maurice Wait (2011), Concise Oxford English Dictionary, ISBN 978-019-9601080 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., page 1275
  5. pravrajitA Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Koeln University, Germany
  6. yatin Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Koeln University, Germany
  7. Patrick Olivelle (1981), Contributions to the Semantic History of Saṃnyāsa, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 101, No. 3, pages 265-274

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