from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism An ascetic holy man.
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- n. An ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi) who has given up pursuit of the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (enjoyment), artha (practical objectives) and even dharma (duty).
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- n. (Hinduism) an ascetic holy man
As the debate rages in the West about the ungodly behavior of godly men, a series of sex scandals involving India's assortment of god men -- called sadhu, baba or swami -- is making skeptics out of many Indians.
The sadhu was a heavy man too, with long white hair tied up in a knot and many beads around his neck.
A person undertaking such a practice is known as a sadhu or a sadhaka.
I took a carotid pulse and found that the sadhu was still alive.
The film also has its own spiritual touch: many images of flying birds, water shots of the director swimming lyrically with his girlfriend, even an inspiring Himalaya climb with a sadhu, with a gorgeous "heaven on earth" shot of a lake snuggled in icy mountains.
In India, a holy man traditionally went through four stages: student, householder (good so far), forest-dweller (what??) and then sadhu -- a wandering beggar in search of moksha (liberation).
I took the wrong street and found one sadhu right on the riverbanks, which they called the Ghat, and then I said, "Oh, yeah, the holy men are generally by the holy river of the Ganges," so I traversed back and forth from one end of the Ganges to the other when I should've gone back to my original starting point and taken a different road.
"This Vaishnava sadhu has written sacred text, likely a mantra or hymn, across his face."
"A sadhu's body is a display of his ascetic identity."
"Renouncing his birth family for that of the Hindu gods, a young sadhu adopts as his new family Vishnu, Brahma, or Shiva as well as his guru and brother sadhus."
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