HOW'S A FALLEN SANNYASI

Do you know how it looks for a Sannyasi to accept money or to be attached to an object of temptation? It is as if a brahmana widow who had practised continence and lived on simple boiled rice and vegetables and milk for many years, were suddenly to accept an untouchable as her paramour.

There was a low-caste woman named Bhagi Teli in our part of the country. "She had many disciples and devotees. Finding that she, a Sudra, was being saluted by people, the land-lord became jealous and engaged a wicked man to tempt her. He succeeded in corrupting her and all her spiritual practice came to nothing. A fallen Sannyasi is like that. (28)