I understand Bhagavad RamAnujAchAryar had initiated several truly devotional and deserving women into sanyAsAshramam during his times.
If this is true, how come there are no successors to them further?
Can you provide the reference as to where you have this information. Adiyen have not heard female sanyasi in Swami RamanujAr Sampradhayam. Some other sampradhayam may have it, but adiyens understanding is, it is prohibited for females in our sampradhayam, as it is not a necessary path for females for Moksham and Kainkaryam. They have very simple tasks after prapatti in rest of life like Flower arrangement, cooking prasadham for BhagavAn, Chandhanam etc…..till they reach Moksham in same janma with Swami ramanujAr Anugraham through HIS lineage.
Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha,
To clear everyone’s mind blowing confusion about “What is Sanyasam?”, adiyen will share from Swami’s upanyasams with Acharyan ThiruvAdi Bhalam and Velukkudi Swami Aasirvadham.
The standard Saamanya Artham as per Vedic Tradition of Sanyasi refers only to Male Brahmins, by Appearance and certain rule following of Sanyaa dharmam, but the Vishesha Artham by Swami RamanujAr for SANYASAM is,
Sanyasam = Samyak + Nyasam.
‘1) One who has surrendered themselves (Athma) or Returned BhagavAn Sriman NarayAn’s stolen property (Athma) which we claimed for long janmas as ours, back to HIS Lotus feet is a Sanyasi.
‘2) Any devotee who has surrendered their Athma on BhagavAn Sriman NarayAnan’s lotus feet through Athma Nivedhanam/Samasrayanam/Prapatthi. either, male or female, or 1any four varnas or other varnas, including kid or adult or Brahmachari or Gruhastha or Anyone all are a Sanyasi’s (need not be by appearnce)
Hence, “Sanyasi” means “ANY Prapannan” who is in BhagavAn Sriman NarayanA’s lotus feet for Kainkaryam. So Don’t worry. Any Prapannan who is in the role of Husband, Wife, Kids all get Moksham due to Acharya Anugraham is what Velukkudi Sri Krishnan Swami has graced us in the past.
Swami Mudhali Aadan is a Gruhastra Acharyan, Swami Vedanta Desikan is a Gruhasta Acharyan etc……
Swami Ramanujar took Sanyasam during HIS time was for a special purpose, since there were lot of Saamanya Sanyasis at that time who had narrow mindset (incorrect interpretation of Veda/Upanishad) that, “Moksham was only for male Brahmins”. So inorder to bring reformation on the standard Vedic following Sanyasis, Swami had to take up Sanyasam inorder to get into those Lion den’s to bring reformation that “Moksham is for all”. Swami Ramanujar’s PoorvA Asharama Patthni (Wife) Srimathi ThanjamAmbaal is already in Moksham due to Swami Ramanujar Sambhamdham due to initial marriage. It is a Rahaysa Artham between VaradhaRaja Perumal, Swami Ramanujar & Smt ThanjamAmbaal. So, Swami Ramanuajr’s Sanyasam was for a special purpose, so that the later generations (we all of any gender/varna/caste/age) could get Moksham due to BhagavAt Anugraham.
Kurai Irundhaal, adiyenai kShamikka Prarthikkiren,
Nirai Irundhaal, Acharyan ThiruvAdi Bhalathaal and Velukkudi Swami Aasirvadhathaal.
Adiyen Srinivasa (DhoddayAcharyar) Dasan.