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- n. a Hindu religious mendicant
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It's most vividly illustrated perhaps in the traditional Indian idea that, having raised a family and discharged your duty to society in this way, you should abandon your home and devote yourself to meditation or pilgrimage, become a wandering 'sannyasin'.
Just because one may not be living as a renunciate sannyasin, it doesn't mean that one is not expected to be a full-bodied expression of faith or even have the capacity to become a deeply realized God-man or God-woman.
The solution is not to renounce all possessions and live like a wandering sannyasin.