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A sadhu in Haridwar, India.
A sadhu in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for an ascetic or someone who practices yoga (yogi). Sadhus have given up trying to achieve the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (enjoyment), artha (practical objectives) and even dharma (duty). The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving moksha (liberation) through meditation and contemplation of God. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, as a symbol that they have given up many things in life.

'Sādhu!' is also a Sanskrit term used as an exclamation for something novel.

Books on sâdhus:

  • Sâdhus, Going beyond the dreadlocks, by Patrick Levy, published by Prakash Books, Delhi, 2010.
  • Sadhus,Un voyage initiatique chez les ascètes de l'Inde, by Patrick Levy, Editions du Relié, 2009,

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