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Sanyasa - Detachment
One day, the disciple saw a rat running off with a piece of his spare loin cloth in its mouth. He quickly checked and sure enough, the spare loin cloth was full of holes!. So when he went begging for alms at the village the next day, he also asked for a loin cloth. But got a big cloth. He made few pieces of loin cloth, towel and so on.
He once again found that his cloth had been torn up by the rats. So, he got a cat to get rid of the rats. He wanted to feed the cat well and he got a cow from the benevolent villagers and took care of her. Now he needs straw to feed my cow. He cultivates the land around.
The land produced a good crop. So now he needed a place to store the grain. He hired laborers to build barns for him. The disciple found that his needs and his possessions kept growing and soon the hermitage where he lived was replaced by a lavish estate. Living a luxurious life, the disciple decided to get married and raise a family.
One day his guru returned from his long pilgrimage. He found the lavish estate. He thought that a rich man must have driven his poor disciple away and built his estate where the hermitage used to be. He asked one of the servants about the ascetic who used to live.
Just then, the disciple heard his gurus voice and rushed out to greet him. My son, what is all this? the guru asked. I left you leading the simple life of an ascetic. I return to find you surrounded by wealth and possessions. How did this happen?
Oh Gurudev, the disciple said remorsefully. It all started with a single loin cloth. To protect the cloth from the rats I needed a cat and then there was no end to my needs. Forgive me, Gurudev. There is no end to our desires. True Sanyasa will have no more than a loin cloth and begging bowl.
Some Monk's (Sanyasi/religious head) individual life style may be 100 times costlier than any well paid professional. They are community leaders, business men and celebrities. Special uniform or Saffron dress for sanyasi is 10 time the price of pant and shirt. If a monk goes, lot of his servants have to go. He needs special food. Cook/porter/barber and etc have to go. Real cost will be more than 100 times. But he is a poor monk, who has given up everything. Are they in Spriritual Business?
Missionnaries went to under developed regions or countries like Africa. Natives lost their land and wealth, in turn got copies of scriptures for better next or after life. Their Solution to common persons for getting peace of mind, "Money is evil. Please give me all your money and You can have peace".