Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Sadhu...

In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for an ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi) who has given up pursuit of the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (pleasure), artha (wealth and power) and even dharma (duty). The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving moksha (liberation) through meditation and contemplation of God.

Sadhus are often sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material and sexual attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India. The word comes from the Sanskrit "to practice", referring to the practice of meditation. See sadhana.
A sadhu is usually referred to as baba by common people. The word 'baba' means father, or uncle, in most Indian languages. Sometimes the respectful suffix 'ji' may also be added after baba, to give greater respect to the renunciant. There are 4 or 5 million sadhus in India today and they are still widely respected, revered and even feared, especially for their
curses. It is also thought that the austere practices of the sadhus help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large. Refer...


Anonymous Wed Jan 31, 12:24:00 AM GMT+5:30  

I really enjoyed your commentary. If I ever meet a sadhu, I hope to remember "baba ji." Course, my pronunciation will make the word unrecognizable, I'm sure. :)

Unknown Wed Jan 31, 10:06:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Thanks, credit goes to Wikipedia mostly, even if i have something i would prefer to put it in wikipedia and refer it from here...

Unknown Wed Jan 31, 10:42:00 AM GMT+5:30  

I like the sadhu baba's chappals.I have only seen them in mythological serials and comics.Always wonder how they manage to walk in them!!

Deb Thu Feb 01, 01:14:00 AM GMT+5:30  

An amazing photo, and a very interesting piece of cultural history.

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Kala Sun Feb 11, 01:29:00 AM GMT+5:30  

thats an interesting post - Yoga is very popular here but is more of a form of exercise than as a religious practice. Thanks for sharing this - very informative!

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