Different Shades of Saffron

ASK BVKS | January 6, 2014 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Question:

Why do different saffron renunciants wear different shades of saffron in different temples even if they are initiated by the same Guru (for example, Pune and Chowpatty)? I am not even sure why different sannyasi gurus wear different shades of saffron either.

The question I wanted to ask is that since we are all one family; why don't we have one standard?

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