Here are some very interesting statistics regarding sannyas in ISKCON:
- From 1967 until 2010 included, 194 devotees received sannyasi initiation. Srila Prabhupada initiated 54 sannyasis.
- Of these, 87 relinquished their sannyasa status and 6 have left ISKCON but are still sannyasis.
- 12 sannyasis left their body while in good standing within their asrama.
- Number of sannyasis presently in ISKCON: 88 (plus one suspended)
Here’s the good news:
Of the 87 who left their sannyasa ashram, only 1 was from the post-1992 period when the new, more extensive process for entering the ashram was started. In percentages, 44.5% of sannyasis from the pre-1992 era fell, and only 2.5% after that. This is an example of the GBC acting very inteligently, with a decision that brought deep positive impact to the ISKCON world.