The ochre robe is bestowed upon the initiates of sannyasa, who are either brahmacharins in yellow cloth or senior devotees who have served the Mission throughout their lives. Initiates into the holy order of sannyasa are selected by the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, whose decision is based on numerous factors. To enter this last stage of human life according to the Vedas, the initiates perform vraja homa, and therein renounce their tuft (brahmacharis only) and sacred thread. In this ceremonial and symbolic end of all worldly attachments and duties, is a far-reaching inner transformation. Upon receiving their personal sannyasa mantra, the spiritual seekers are blessed with the ochre robe, the title of Swami or Swamini, a new first name (ending in "ananda"), and the last name of "Saraswati."