Are there any demigods who are pure Vaishnavas? If so, are they equal to sannyasis?
by Laxmimoni dasi
There are many demigods that are great Vaishnavas, and others who are tinged with various degrees of material desire, but still they are Vaishnavas. The present Lord Brahma is a pure devotee.
Being a sannyasi (renounced preacher) does not necessarily make one a pure devotee. Many sannyasis, though in the renounced order, are impersonalists and not Vaishnavas at all. However the word, "sannyasa" is also used to indicate someone who has a renounced mentality and is dedicated to the service of the Lord by his mind, words and actions. Although he may not be in Sannyasa vesh (dressed in saffron cloth), he is a sannyasi because of his mentality.
This is the level of sannyas that Lord Krishna is speaking of in the 6th chapter of Bhagavad-gita in verses 1 & 2. So in one sense, all pure Vaishnavas are sannyasis, (renounced from the desire for personal material sense gratification), but not all sannyasis (those in the renounced order of life) are pure Vaishnavas!