Aug 2 (): The priests and monks are respected by the people. The different attire or colour of their dresses is indicative of their stature in philosophy or religion or rituals.
For a believer, a priest is a bridge between him and the God. A monk is a teacher of the truth. A monk is sought for finding the truth when an individual is unable to fathom it on his own.
A priest or a monk should be a higher form of human being. Therefore, when a monk considers himself as a teacher or a torch-bearer, he can wear a dress of a particular colour showing his orientation or renunciation.
It is not a guru who declares a monk as a qualified person for guiding his fellow human beings. It is self-declaration. A person should cleanse himself from his sins, follow all the virtues, exercise self-control and should be truthful before wearing such a a dress.
In this century, we find fake god men wearing clothes indicative of a particular path. They are not worthy of such attire. They are fake because they are caught while indulging in vain desires and pleasures. Such persons can no more hide inside a cloth. They are exposed because they are not truthful to themselves or anyone. They find only untruth in a path of truth. They are full of lies which they deny.
It is even more evident that they are fake when they support and practice violence in the name of protecting or promoting their own religion. Whatever colour they choose, their mind and clothes are doused in blood. The stains display their true colours.
Dhammapada verses 9,10,11 &12 of Chapter I say,
He who wishes to put on the yellow dress without having cleansed himself from sin, who disregards temperance and truth, is unworthy of the yellow robe.
He who has cleansed himself from sin, is well ingrained in all virtues, and regards also temperance and truth, he is indeed worthy of the yellow robe.
They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.
They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at truth, and follow true desires.