For thousands of years they have been around. Once they must have been more numerous, but even today there are still four to five million sadhus, constituting about half a percent of the total population.
Organised in various sects, they passed on the wisdom of old, the method of yoga, that is 'yoking' soul and Soul together.
Usually they live by themselves, on the fringes of society, and spend their days in devotion to their chosen deity.
Some perform magical rituals to make contact with the gods, others practise intense forms of yoga and meditation to increase their spiritual powers and acquire mystical knowledge.
Certainly, not all sadhus are enlightened. But believers regard them all as holy anyway, if only because of their radical commitment. And successful sadhus are even worshipped as 'gods on earth'.
Believers only have to 'behold' a sadhu -- as a kind of living idol -- to receive a spark of his spiritual energy. They give donations to the sadhus -- regarded as offerings to the gods -- and get their blessing in return. Thus, since time immemorial, has Indian society been organised to support the holy men, for they are not supposed to work.
But in India too, the times they are a'changing.
Extracted from: "Sadhus, Holy Men of India" by Dolf Hartsuiker
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amir2009m (270) 2013-02-24 2:48
very nice Coloring pic , so good light and colors amd a beautiful people ...good quality of the image and nice dept too...excellent work...
howladersourav (216) 2013-02-24 3:23
Pashupatinath is one of the places I love to photograph, due its variety of colours. Good capture for God man.
chawax (14906) 2013-02-24 3:40
A nice portrait with very good colours. I don't know if it comes from my eyes but it looks like it lacks a little sharpness.
Have a nice sunday,
fabbs99 (5499) 2013-02-24 11:16
Very colorful composition of the Sadhus from Pashupati in Kathmandu.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors. Very well done, TFS.
Juzo (4242) 2013-02-28 3:06
I see you are travelling a lot, and the more you travel, the more you represent the feel of travel in your shots. A wider sense of the world. An interesting portrait, the colours could be harsh but you manage them so well. Sahdhu's make great subjects, as they see the world through a golden chillum, and spiritual sensitivity so different from most of us.
Hanssie (9921) 2013-03-10 3:22
A fine "coloured" potrait......
And also a very funny one:-))
Bournazel (6072) 2013-03-10 12:22
Hello May Jane
I appreciate your vist. .
Your site is incredible too, with a lot of jewels. Here a testimony of the daily life, that's the kind of things I try to catch during my travels
Thanks a lot