From Sahaja Yoga Encyclopedia

A sanyasi is a person who has given up possessions and the things of the material world in pursuit of yoga and meditation.

A sanyasi is a person who is above everything else. Nothing can stick to him. He just looks at things and he knows what it is. He may not say he knows everything and he does not do whatever is wrong. He is so detached that in that detachment only he can see what is wrong. He starts seeing his family people. He starts seeing other surroundings. Everywhere he starts seeing what is wrong and he does not identify with them.

(Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi 14 March 1994)