NOT BY DRESS ALONE
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada
Question: Will it be more helpful if webecome sannyāsīs?
Srila Prabhupada: Never. The external garb of a sannyāsī will not help anyone. If a devotee thinks that gurudeva is his life and soul, and serving gurudeva is his life’s purpose, then he will become a real sannyāsī. One has to become a devotee-sannyāsī by being attached to gurudeva and the holy name. But those who will not serve Krishna under the guidance of gurudeva will have bad association, and will face disaster. They will never know the Supreme Lord, nor will they ever be able to serve him.
In this world, it is possible to take the garb of a sādhu and deceive others. But the omniscient Lord, who is the giver of the result of karma, will not let them get away with it. Those who are taking the garb of a sādhu and spending their time in bad association are only hurting themselves. Those who rely on others instead of relying on God face only misery.
— Excerpted from Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur. Mandala Publishing Group. Eugene, Oregon. 1997.
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