Civil Death of a Sanyasi

In Mulla’s Hindu Law, 15the edition, page 183, the position of a person who enters into a religious order with reference to his natural family is set out thus :
“Where a person enters into a religious order renouncing all wordly affairs, his action is tantamount to civil death, and it excludes him altogether from inheritance and from a share on partition.
All property which belongs to such a person at the time of renunciation passes immediately on his renunciation to his heirs, but property acquired by him subsequent to the renunciation passes to his spiritual heirs.

A person does not become a sanyasi by merely declaring himself a sanyasi or by wearing clothes ordinarily worn by a sanyasi. He must perform the ceremonies necessary for entering the class of sanyasis : without such ceremonies, he cannot become dead to the world.”

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