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Sadhu

Not to be confused with Sadu.
For the 1994 film, see Sadhu (film).

Sadhu (IAST: sādhu (male), sādhvī or sādhvīne (female)), also spelled saadhu, is a religious ascetic, mendicant or any holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced the worldly life. They are sometimes alternatively referred to as yogi, sannyasi or vairagi.

Hindu sadhu with Sandelwood (Chandan) paste on forehead

Literally, it means one who practises a ″sadhana″ or keenly follows a path of spiritual discipline. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sādhus often wear simple clothing, such as saffron-coloured clothing in Hinduism, white or nothing in Jainism, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation of worldly possessions). A female mendicant in Hinduism and Jainism is often called a sadhvi, or in some texts as aryika.

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A sadhu in yoga position, reading a book in Varanasi

The term sadhu (Sanskrit: साधु) appears in Rigveda and Atharvaveda where it means "straight, right, leading straight to goal", according to Monier Monier-Williams. In the Brahmanas layer of Vedic literature, the term connotes someone who is "well disposed, kind, willing, effective or efficient, peaceful, secure, good, virtuous, honourable, righteous, noble" depending on the context. In the Hindu Epics, the term implies someone who is a "saint, sage, seer, holy man, virtuous, chaste, honest or right".

The Sanskrit terms sādhu ("good man") and sādhvī ("good woman") refer to renouncers who have chosen to live lives apart from or on the edges of society to focus on their own spiritual practices.

The words come from the root sādh, which means "reach one's goal", "make straight", or "gain power over". The same root is used in the word sādhanā, which means "spiritual practice". It literally means one who practises a ″sadhana″ or a path of spiritual discipline.

Unlike skilled and professionals, there is no certification for Sadhus. So, it is very difficult to determine the exact number of Sadhus. According to various assumptions, there are 4 to 5 million sadhus in India today. Sadhus are widely respected for their holiness. It is also thought that the austere practices of the sadhus help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large. Thus seen as benefiting society, sadhus are supported by donations from many people. However, reverence of sadhus is by no means universal in India. For example, Nath yogi sadhus have been viewed with a certain degree of suspicion particularly amongst the urban populations of India, but they have been revered and are popular in rural India.

There are naked (digambara, or "sky-clad") sadhus who wear their hair in thick dreadlocks called jata. Sadhus engage in a wide variety of religious practices. Some practice asceticism and solitary meditation, while others prefer group praying, chanting or meditating. They typically live a simple lifestyle, have very few or no possessions, survive by food and drinks from leftovers that they beg for or is donated by others. Many sadhus have rules for alms collection, and do not visit the same place twice on different days to avoid bothering the residents. They generally walk or travel over distant places, homeless, visiting temples and pilgrimage centers as a part of their spiritual practice. Celibacy is common, but some sects experiment with consensual tantric sex as a part of their practice. Sex is viewed by them as a transcendence from a personal, intimate act to something impersonal and ascetic.

A female sadhvi with a Vishnu mark on her forehead
Sadhus gathered at Assam's Kamakhya Temple for the Ambubachi Mela

Hinduism

See also: Sampradayas, Parampara, and Akhara

Shaiva sadhus are renunciates devoted to Shiva, and Vaishnava sadhus are renouncers devoted to Vishnu (or his avatar like Rama or Krishna). The Vaishnava sadhus are sometimes referred to as vairagis. Less numerous are Shakta sadhus, who are devoted to Shakti. Within these general divisions are numerous sects and subsects, reflecting different lineages and philosophical schools and traditions often referred to as "sampradayas". Each sampradaya has several "orders" called parampara based on the lineage of the founder of the order. Each sampradaya and parampara may have several monastic and martial akharas.

Within the Shaiva sadhus are many subgroups. Most Shaiva sadhus wear a Tripundra mark on their forehead, dress in saffron, red or orange color clothes, and live a monastic life. Some sadhus such as the Aghori share the practices of ancient Kapalikas, where they beg with a skull, smeared their body with ashes from the cremation ground, and experiment with substances or practices that are generally abhorred by society.

Among the Shaiva sadhus, the Dashanami Sampradaya belong to the Smarta Tradition. They are said to have been formed by the philosopher and renunciant Adi Shankara, believed to have lived in the 8th century CE, though the full history of the sect's formation is not clear. Among them are the Naga subgroups, naked sadhu known for carrying weapons like tridents, swords, canes, and spears. Said to have once functioned as an armed order to protect Hindus from the Mughal rulers, they were involved in a number of military defence campaigns. Generally in the ambit of non-violence at present, some sections are known to practice wrestling and martial arts. Their retreats are still called chhaavni or armed camps (akhara), and mock duels are still sometimes held between them.

Female sadhus (sadhvis) exist in many sects. In many cases, the women that take to the life of renunciation are widows, and these types of sadhvis often live secluded lives in ascetic compounds. Sadhvis are sometimes regarded by some as manifestations or forms of the Goddess, or Devi, and are honoured as such. There have been a number of charismatic sadhvis that have risen to fame as religious teachers in contemporary India, e.g. Anandamayi Ma, Sarada Devi, Mata Amritanandamayi, and Karunamayi.

Jainism

The Jain community is traditionally discussed in its texts with four terms: sadhu (monks), sadhvi or aryika (nuns), sravaka (laymen householders) and sravika (laywomen householders). As in Hinduism and Buddhism, the Jain householders support the monastic community. The sadhus and sadhvis are intertwined with the Jain lay society, perform murtipuja (Jina idol worship) and lead festive rituals, and they are organized in a strongly hierarchical monastic structure.

There are differences between the Digambara and Svetambara sadhus and sadhvi traditions. The Digambara sadhus own no clothes as a part of their interpretation of Five vows, and they live their ascetic austere lives in nakedness. The Digambara sadhvis wear white clothes. The Svetambara sadhus and sadhvis both wear white clothes. According to a 2009 publication by Harvey J. Sindima, Jain monastic community had 6,000 sadhvis of which less than 100 belong to the Digambara tradition and rest to Svetambara.

A Vaishnava sadhu in Kathmandu, with a Urdhva Pundra mark on his forehead.

The processes and rituals of becoming a sadhu vary with sect; in almost all sects, a sadhu is initiated by a guru, who bestows upon the initiate a new name, as well as a mantra, (or sacred sound or phrase), which is generally known only to the sadhu and the guru and may be repeated by the initiate as part of meditative practice.

Becoming a sadhu is a path followed by millions. It is supposed to be the fourth phase in a Hindu's life, after studies, being a father and a pilgrim, but for most it is not a practical option. For a person to become sadhu needs vairagya. Vairagya means desire to achieve something by leaving the world (cutting familial, societal and earthly attachments).[citation needed]

A person who wants to become sadhu must first seek a guru. There, he or she must perform guruseva which means service. The guru decides whether the person is eligible to take sannyasa by observing the sisya (the person who wants to become a sadhu or sanyasi). If the person is eligible, guru upadesa (which means teachings) is done. Only then, the person transforms into sanyasi or sadhu. There are different types of sanyasis in India who follow different sampradya. But, all sadhus have a common goal: attaining moksha (liberation).[citation needed]

A sadhu in Madurai, India.

Kumbh Mela, a mass-gathering of sadhus from all parts of India, takes place every three years at one of four points along sacred rivers in India, including the holy River Ganges. In 2007 it was held in Nasik, Maharashtra. Peter Owen-Jones filmed one episode of "Extreme Pilgrim" there during this event. It took place again in Haridwar in 2010. Sadhus of all sects join in this reunion. Millions of non-sadhu pilgrims also attend the festivals, and the Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of human beings for a single religious purpose on the planet. The Kumbh Mela of 2013 started on 14 January of that year at Allahabad.[citation needed] At the festival, sadhus appear in large numbers, including those "completely naked with ash-smeared bodies, [who] sprint into the chilly waters for a dip at the crack of dawn".

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  • Sadhu in Orchha

  • A sadhu in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Sadhu in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

  • Sadhus walking on Durbar Square, Kathmandu

  • Sadhu from Vârânasî

  • Sadhu by the Ghats on the Ganges

  • Sadhus at Kathmandu Durbar Square

  • A sadhu playing flute

  • Sadhu in Varanasi, India.

  • Sadhu at Kaathe Swyambhu, Kathmandu

  • Sadhu in India.

  • Sadhvi or female Sadhu at the Gangasagar Fair transit camp, Kolkata.

  • Sadhu at a river bank

  • Sadhu in Nepal

  • Shiva sadhu in Pushkar, India.

  1. See for example:
    अग्ने विश्वेभिः स्वनीक देवैरूर्णावन्तं प्रथमः सीद योनिम् । कुलायिनं घृतवन्तं सवित्रे यज्ञं नय यजमानाय साधु ॥१६॥ – Rigveda 6.15.16 (Rigveda Hymn सूक्तं ६.१५, Wikisource)
    प्र यज्ञ एतु हेत्वो न सप्तिरुद्यच्छध्वं समनसो घृताचीः । स्तृणीत बर्हिरध्वराय साधूर्ध्वा शोचींषि देवयून्यस्थुः ॥२॥ – Rigveda 7.43.2 (Rigveda Hymn सूक्तं ७.४३, Wikisource)
    यथाहान्यनुपूर्वं भवन्ति यथ ऋतव ऋतुभिर्यन्ति साधु । यथा न पूर्वमपरो जहात्येवा धातरायूंषि कल्पयैषाम् ॥५॥ – Rigveda 10.18.5 (Rigveda Hymn सूक्तं १०.१८, Wikisource), etc.
  1. Brian Duignan, Sadhu and swami, Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. Jaini 1991, p. xxviii, 180.
  3. Klaus K. Klostermaier (2007). A Survey of Hinduism: Third Edition. State University of New York Press. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-7914-7082-4.
  4. ″Autobiography of an Yogi″, Yogananda, Paramhamsa, Jaico Publishing House, 127, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bombay Fort Road, Bombay (Mumbai) - 400 0023 (ed.1997) p.16
  5. Sadhu, Monier Williams Sanskrit English Dictionary with Etymology, Oxford University Press, page 1201
  6. Flood, Gavin. An introduction to Hinduism. (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1996) p. 92. ISBN 0-521-43878-0
  7. Arthur Anthony Macdonell. A Practical Sanskrit Dictionary. p. 346.
  8. Dolf Hartsuiker. Sadhus and Yogis of India Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. White, David Gordon (2012), The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India, University of Chicago Press, pp. 7–8
  10. David N. Lorenzen and Adrián Muñoz (2012), Yogi Heroes and Poets: Histories and Legends of the Naths, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-1438438900, pages x-xi
  11. M Khandelwal (2003), Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791459225, pages 24-29
  12. Mariasusai Dhavamony (2002), Hindu-Christian Dialogue: Theological Soundings and Perspectives, ISBN 978-9042015104, pages 97-98
  13. Gavin Flood (2005), The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521604017, Chapter 4 with pages 105-107 in particular
  14. Gavin Flood (2008). The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 212–213, ISBN 978-0-470-99868-7
  15. David N. Lorenzen (1972). The Kāpālikas and Kālāmukhas: Two Lost Śaivite Sects. University of California Press, pp. 4-16, ISBN 978-0-520-01842-6
  16. 1953: 116; cf. also Farquhar 1925; J. Ghose 1930; Lorenzen 1978
  17. "The Wrestler's Body". Publishing.cdlib.org. Retrieved29 March 2012.
  18. "Home - Amma Sri Karunamayi". Retrieved20 April 2015.
  19. Cort, John E. (1991). "The Svetambar Murtipujak Jain Mendicant". Man. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 26 (4): 651–671. doi:10.2307/2803774. JSTOR 2803774.
  20. Harvey J. Sindima (2009). Introduction to Religious Studies. University Press of America. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-7618-4762-5.
  21. Yardley, Jim; Kumar, Hari (14 April 2010). "Taking a Sacred Plunge, One Wave of Humanity at a Time". New York Times. Retrieved24 November 2010.
  22. Pandey, Geeta (14 January 2013). "Kumbh Mela: 'Eight million' bathers on first day of festival". BBC News.
  • Jaini, Padmanabh S. (1991), Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women, University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-06820-3
  • Indian Sadhus, by Govind Sadashiv Ghurye, L. N. Chapekar. Published by Popular Prakashan, 1964.
  • Sadhus of India: The Sociological View, by Bansi Dhar Tripathi. Published by Popular Prakashan, 1978.
  • The Sadhu: A Study in Mysticism and Practical Religion, by Burnett Hillman Streeter, Aiyadurai Jesudasen Appasamy. Published by Mittal, 1987. ISBN 0-8364-2097-7.
  • The Way of the Vaishnava Sages: A Medieval Story of South Indian Sadhus : Based on the Sanskrit Notes of Vishnu-Vijay Swami, by N. S. Narasimha, Rāmānanda, Vishnu-Vijay. Published by University Press of America, 1987. ISBN 0-8191-6061-X.
  • Sadhus: The Holy Men of India, by Rajesh Bedi. Published by Entourage Pub, 1993. ISBN 81-7107-021-3.
  • Sadhus: Holy Men of India, by Dolf Hartsuiker. Published by Thames & Hudson, 1993. ISBN 0-500-27735-4.
  • The Sadhus and Indian Civilisation, by Vijay Prakash Sharma. Published by Anmol Publications PVT. LTD., 1998. ISBN 81-261-0108-3.
  • Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation, by Meena Khandelwal. Published by State University of New York Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7914-5922-5.
  • Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas, Sondra L. Hausner, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-253-21949-7
  • Naked in Ashes, Paradise Filmworks International – Documentary on Naga Sadhus of Northern India.
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Sadhu Article Talk Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with Sadu For the 1994 film see Sadhu film Sadhu IAST sadhu male sadhvi or sadhvine female also spelled saadhu is a religious ascetic mendicant or any holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced the worldly life 1 2 3 They are sometimes alternatively referred to as yogi sannyasi or vairagi 1 Hindu sadhu with Sandelwood Chandan paste on forehead Literally it means one who practises a sadhana or keenly follows a path of spiritual discipline 4 Although the vast majority of sadhus are yogis not all yogis are sadhus The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth the fourth and final asrama stage of life through meditation and contemplation of Brahman Sadhus often wear simple clothing such as saffron coloured clothing in Hinduism white or nothing in Jainism symbolising their sannyasa renunciation of worldly possessions A female mendicant in Hinduism and Jainism is often called a sadhvi or in some texts as aryika 2 3 Contents 1 Etymology 2 Demographics and lifestyle 3 Sadhu sects 3 1 Hinduism 3 2 Jainism 4 Becoming a sadhu 5 Festive gatherings 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External linksEtymology Edit A sadhu in yoga position reading a book in Varanasi The term sadhu Sanskrit स ध appears in Rigveda and Atharvaveda where it means straight right leading straight to goal according to Monier Monier Williams 5 note 1 In the Brahmanas layer of Vedic literature the term connotes someone who is well disposed kind willing effective or efficient peaceful secure good virtuous honourable righteous noble depending on the context 5 In the Hindu Epics the term implies someone who is a saint sage seer holy man virtuous chaste honest or right 5 The Sanskrit terms sadhu good man and sadhvi good woman refer to renouncers who have chosen to live lives apart from or on the edges of society to focus on their own spiritual practices 6 The words come from the root sadh which means reach one s goal make straight or gain power over 7 The same root is used in the word sadhana which means spiritual practice It literally means one who practises a sadhana or a path of spiritual discipline 4 Demographics and lifestyle EditUnlike skilled and professionals there is no certification for Sadhus So it is very difficult to determine the exact number of Sadhus According to various assumptions there are 4 to 5 million sadhus in India today Sadhus are widely respected for their holiness 8 It is also thought that the austere practices of the sadhus help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large Thus seen as benefiting society sadhus are supported by donations from many people However reverence of sadhus is by no means universal in India For example Nath yogi sadhus have been viewed with a certain degree of suspicion particularly amongst the urban populations of India but they have been revered and are popular in rural India 9 10 There are naked digambara or sky clad sadhus who wear their hair in thick dreadlocks called jata Sadhus engage in a wide variety of religious practices Some practice asceticism and solitary meditation while others prefer group praying chanting or meditating They typically live a simple lifestyle have very few or no possessions survive by food and drinks from leftovers that they beg for or is donated by others Many sadhus have rules for alms collection and do not visit the same place twice on different days to avoid bothering the residents They generally walk or travel over distant places homeless visiting temples and pilgrimage centers as a part of their spiritual practice 11 12 Celibacy is common but some sects experiment with consensual tantric sex as a part of their practice Sex is viewed by them as a transcendence from a personal intimate act to something impersonal and ascetic 13 Sadhu sects Edit A female sadhvi with a Vishnu mark on her forehead Sadhus gathered at Assam s Kamakhya Temple for the Ambubachi Mela Hinduism Edit See also Sampradayas Parampara and Akhara Shaiva sadhus are renunciates devoted to Shiva and Vaishnava sadhus are renouncers devoted to Vishnu or his avatar like Rama or Krishna The Vaishnava sadhus are sometimes referred to as vairagis 1 Less numerous are Shakta sadhus who are devoted to Shakti Within these general divisions are numerous sects and subsects reflecting different lineages and philosophical schools and traditions often referred to as sampradayas Each sampradaya has several orders called parampara based on the lineage of the founder of the order Each sampradaya and parampara may have several monastic and martial akharas Within the Shaiva sadhus are many subgroups Most Shaiva sadhus wear a Tripundra mark on their forehead dress in saffron red or orange color clothes and live a monastic life Some sadhus such as the Aghori share the practices of ancient Kapalikas where they beg with a skull smeared their body with ashes from the cremation ground and experiment with substances or practices that are generally abhorred by society 14 15 Among the Shaiva sadhus the Dashanami Sampradaya belong to the Smarta Tradition They are said to have been formed by the philosopher and renunciant Adi Shankara believed to have lived in the 8th century CE though the full history of the sect s formation is not clear Among them are the Naga subgroups naked sadhu known for carrying weapons like tridents swords canes and spears Said to have once functioned as an armed order to protect Hindus from the Mughal rulers they were involved in a number of military defence campaigns 16 17 Generally in the ambit of non violence at present some sections are known to practice wrestling and martial arts Their retreats are still called chhaavni or armed camps akhara and mock duels are still sometimes held between them Female sadhus sadhvis exist in many sects In many cases the women that take to the life of renunciation are widows and these types of sadhvis often live secluded lives in ascetic compounds Sadhvis are sometimes regarded by some as manifestations or forms of the Goddess or Devi and are honoured as such There have been a number of charismatic sadhvis that have risen to fame as religious teachers in contemporary India e g Anandamayi Ma Sarada Devi Mata Amritanandamayi and Karunamayi 18 Jainism Edit The Jain community is traditionally discussed in its texts with four terms sadhu monks sadhvi or aryika nuns sravaka laymen householders and sravika laywomen householders As in Hinduism and Buddhism the Jain householders support the monastic community 2 The sadhus and sadhvis are intertwined with the Jain lay society perform murtipuja Jina idol worship and lead festive rituals and they are organized in a strongly hierarchical monastic structure 19 There are differences between the Digambara and Svetambara sadhus and sadhvi traditions 19 The Digambara sadhus own no clothes as a part of their interpretation of Five vows and they live their ascetic austere lives in nakedness The Digambara sadhvis wear white clothes The Svetambara sadhus and sadhvis both wear white clothes According to a 2009 publication by Harvey J Sindima Jain monastic community had 6 000 sadhvis of which less than 100 belong to the Digambara tradition and rest to Svetambara 20 Becoming a sadhu Edit A Vaishnava sadhu in Kathmandu with a Urdhva Pundra mark on his forehead The processes and rituals of becoming a sadhu vary with sect in almost all sects a sadhu is initiated by a guru who bestows upon the initiate a new name as well as a mantra or sacred sound or phrase which is generally known only to the sadhu and the guru and may be repeated by the initiate as part of meditative practice Becoming a sadhu is a path followed by millions It is supposed to be the fourth phase in a Hindu s life after studies being a father and a pilgrim but for most it is not a practical option For a person to become sadhu needs vairagya Vairagya means desire to achieve something by leaving the world cutting familial societal and earthly attachments citation needed A person who wants to become sadhu must first seek a guru There he or she must perform guruseva which means service The guru decides whether the person is eligible to take sannyasa by observing the sisya the person who wants to become a sadhu or sanyasi If the person is eligible guru upadesa which means teachings is done Only then the person transforms into sanyasi or sadhu There are different types of sanyasis in India who follow different sampradya But all sadhus have a common goal attaining moksha liberation citation needed Festive gatherings Edit A sadhu in Madurai India Kumbh Mela a mass gathering of sadhus from all parts of India takes place every three years at one of four points along sacred rivers in India including the holy River Ganges In 2007 it was held in Nasik Maharashtra Peter Owen Jones filmed one episode of Extreme Pilgrim there during this event It took place again in Haridwar in 2010 21 Sadhus of all sects join in this reunion Millions of non sadhu pilgrims also attend the festivals and the Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of human beings for a single religious purpose on the planet The Kumbh Mela of 2013 started on 14 January of that year at Allahabad citation needed At the festival sadhus appear in large numbers including those completely naked with ash smeared bodies who sprint into the chilly waters for a dip at the crack of dawn 22 Sadhu Sadhu in Orchha A sadhu in Kathmandu Nepal Sadhu in Orchha Madhya Pradesh Sadhus walking on Durbar Square Kathmandu Sadhu from Varanasi Sadhu by the Ghats on the Ganges Sadhus at Kathmandu Durbar Square A sadhu playing flute Sadhu in Varanasi India Sadhu at Kaathe Swyambhu Kathmandu Sadhu in India Sadhvi or female Sadhu at the Gangasagar Fair transit camp Kolkata Sadhu at a river bank Sadhu in Nepal Shiva sadhu in Pushkar India See also Edit Hinduism portal Types Aghori Godman Nath Shramana Lineage Guru shishya tradition Parampara Sampradaya Lifestyle Akhara Chillum Kaupinam Kacchera LangotaNotes Edit See for example अग न व श व भ स वन क द व र र ण वन त प रथम स द य न म क ल य न घ तवन त सव त र यज ञ नय यजम न य स ध १६ Rigveda 6 15 16 Rigveda Hymn स क त ६ १५ Wikisource प र यज ञ एत ह त व न सप त र द यच छध व समनस घ त च स त ण त बर ह रध वर य स ध र ध व श च ष द वय न यस थ २ Rigveda 7 43 2 Rigveda Hymn स क त ७ ४३ Wikisource यथ ह न यन प र व भवन त यथ ऋतव ऋत भ र यन त स ध यथ न प र वमपर जह त य व ध तर य ष कल पय ष म ५ Rigveda 10 18 5 Rigveda Hymn स क त १० १८ Wikisource etc References Edit a b c Brian Duignan Sadhu and swami Encyclopaedia Britannica a b c Jaini 1991 p xxviii 180 a b Klaus K Klostermaier 2007 A Survey of Hinduism Third Edition State University of New York Press p 299 ISBN 978 0 7914 7082 4 a b Autobiography of an Yogi Yogananda Paramhamsa Jaico Publishing House 127 Mahatma Gandhi Road Bombay Fort Road Bombay Mumbai 400 0023 ed 1997 p 16 a b c Sadhu Monier Williams Sanskrit English Dictionary with Etymology Oxford University Press page 1201 Flood Gavin An introduction to Hinduism Cambridge University Press Cambridge 1996 p 92 ISBN 0 521 43878 0 Arthur Anthony Macdonell A Practical Sanskrit Dictionary p 346 Dolf Hartsuiker Sadhus and Yogis of India Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine White David Gordon 2012 The Alchemical Body Siddha Traditions in Medieval India University of Chicago Press pp 7 8 David N Lorenzen and Adrian Munoz 2012 Yogi Heroes and Poets Histories and Legends of the Naths State University of New York Press ISBN 978 1438438900 pages x xi M Khandelwal 2003 Women in Ochre Robes Gendering Hindu Renunciation State University of New York Press ISBN 978 0791459225 pages 24 29 Mariasusai Dhavamony 2002 Hindu Christian Dialogue Theological Soundings and Perspectives ISBN 978 9042015104 pages 97 98 Gavin Flood 2005 The Ascetic Self Subjectivity Memory and Tradition Cambridge University Press ISBN 978 0521604017 Chapter 4 with pages 105 107 in particular Gavin Flood 2008 The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism John Wiley amp Sons pp 212 213 ISBN 978 0 470 99868 7 David N Lorenzen 1972 The Kapalikas and Kalamukhas Two Lost Saivite Sects University of California Press pp 4 16 ISBN 978 0 520 01842 6 1953 116 cf also Farquhar 1925 J Ghose 1930 Lorenzen 1978 The Wrestler s Body Publishing cdlib org Retrieved 29 March 2012 Home Amma Sri Karunamayi Retrieved 20 April 2015 a b Cort John E 1991 The Svetambar Murtipujak Jain Mendicant Man Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 26 4 651 671 doi 10 2307 2803774 JSTOR 2803774 Harvey J Sindima 2009 Introduction to Religious Studies University Press of America pp 100 101 ISBN 978 0 7618 4762 5 Yardley Jim Kumar Hari 14 April 2010 Taking a Sacred Plunge One Wave of Humanity at a Time New York Times Retrieved 24 November 2010 Pandey Geeta 14 January 2013 Kumbh Mela Eight million bathers on first day of festival BBC News Further reading EditJaini Padmanabh S 1991 Gender and Salvation Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women University of California Press ISBN 0 520 06820 3 Indian Sadhus by Govind Sadashiv Ghurye L N Chapekar Published by Popular Prakashan 1964 Sadhus of India The Sociological View by Bansi Dhar Tripathi Published by Popular Prakashan 1978 The Sadhu A Study in Mysticism and Practical Religion by Burnett Hillman Streeter Aiyadurai Jesudasen Appasamy Published by Mittal 1987 ISBN 0 8364 2097 7 The Way of the Vaishnava Sages A Medieval Story of South Indian Sadhus Based on the Sanskrit Notes of Vishnu Vijay Swami by N S Narasimha Ramananda Vishnu Vijay Published by University Press of America 1987 ISBN 0 8191 6061 X Sadhus The Holy Men of India by Rajesh Bedi Published by Entourage Pub 1993 ISBN 81 7107 021 3 Sadhus Holy Men of India by Dolf Hartsuiker Published by Thames amp Hudson 1993 ISBN 0 500 27735 4 The Sadhus and Indian Civilisation by Vijay Prakash Sharma Published by Anmol Publications PVT LTD 1998 ISBN 81 261 0108 3 Women in Ochre Robes Gendering Hindu Renunciation by Meena Khandelwal Published by State University of New York Press 2003 ISBN 0 7914 5922 5 Wandering with Sadhus Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas Sondra L Hausner Bloomington Indiana University Press 2007 ISBN 978 0 253 21949 7 Naked in Ashes Paradise Filmworks International Documentary on Naga Sadhus of Northern India External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Sadhus Wikiquote has quotations related to SadhuSadhus and Yogis of India Sadhus from India Extract from The Last Free Men by Jose Manuel Novoa Interview of a Sadhu Living Inside a Cave in the Himalayas Episode from Ganga Ma A Pilgrimage to the Source by Pepe Ozan and Melitta Tchaicovsky Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sadhu amp oldid 1059806531, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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