Project Description

SADHUS – MONKS OF INDIA

Sadhu means one who practises a ″sadhana″ or keenly follows a path of spiritual discipline. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sādhus often wear simple clothing, such saffron-coloured clothing in Hinduism, white, black or nothing in Jainism, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation of worldly possessions). Becoming a sadhu is supposed to be the fourth phase in a Hindu’s life, after studies, being a father and a pilgrim. For a person to become sadhu needs vairagya. Vairagya means desire to achieve something by leaving the world (cutting familial, societal and earthly attachments).