Are Sudras and women entitled to sannyasa?
Speaking about the objection of certain people that some of Sri Ramakrishna’s Sannyasin disciples, being Sudras, are not entitled for Sannyasa, according to orthodox rules, the Mother said, ” The disciples of Sri Ramakrishna are Jnanis and therefore
Sannyasins. A Jnani can be a Sannyasin. Take the case of Gaurdasi. A woman cannot be initiated into Sannyasa, but is Gaurdasi a woman ? She is more than a man ! How many men are there like her? See what she has achieved – built a school, acquired horses, a carriage, and so forth. The Master used to say, ‘ If a woman embraces Sannyasa, she is certainly not a woman, she is really a man.’ He further used to say to Gaurdasi, 1 I am pouring the water, you will make the clay.’ “