The Nayaswami Order is a new movement in renunciation launched in late 2009 by Nayaswami Kriyananda, a direct disciple for over 60 years of the great yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda.
In his book, A Renunciate Order for the New Age, Nayaswami Kriyananda describes a new model based on positive aspects of renunciation — rather than the traditional world-negating approach. It 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.
Renunciation, as practiced in the past, no longer appeals to people in this age of greater freedom of thought and consciousness. It is more uplifting nowadays to concentrate on the positive aspects of renunciation.
Nayaswami Kriyananda discusses the history of the ancient Swami order, why there is a need for a new renunciate order, and a new approach to renunciation based on energy and consciousness rather than outward forms. He also explains the new name for full renunciates of the order: “Nayaswami.”
By Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
From Clarity Magazine, Winter 2009
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide, invite people from all religions and backgrounds to consider joining the new renunciate order, and explain why an outward formal commitment can be so helpful. Read about the 14 marks of a true renunciate.
Read the entire book which goes into greater detail about: inner renunciation; the need for renunciation; the main delusion; and the different stages of renunciation that are part of the new order.
See video of Nayaswami Kriyananda’s talk at the first initiation ceremony in Italy, audio from the first initiation in the United States, more talks, and photos.