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Sadhus: Going beyond the Dreadlocks

Authors (s): Patrick Levy (Author)
Format: Softcover
ISBN-10: 8172343347
ISBN-13: 9788172343347
Pages: 320p., 20cm.
Pub. date: 10.03.2010, 1st ed.
Publisher: Prakash Books India (P) Ltd.
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB58461
List price: US $ 25,00
Bagchee price: US $ 22,50
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Overview for Sadhus: Going beyond the Dreadlocks

There are millions of them – these Indian wandering renunciants, begging monks, mystical walkers, roaming philosophers, miracle-workers, hashish smokers, holy men… but little is known about them. They are often photographed yet their words are seldom heard. 

Some began this way of life from childhood, others were civil servants, shop keepers, real estate agents, thieves… they left their families and jobs to become renunciants, sadhus. They refuse to work; and vow not to accept any wages. They pursue the path of liberation. 

A few accomplish rigorous austerities, but most of them dedicate themselves to non-action. In a world verging on its short term ecological doom and demographic tsunami, the sadhus are the messengers of a kind of freedom and moderation that our commercial civilization has forgotten, with its preaching of labour, consumption, economic growth and competition.

Patrick Levy recounts their everyday lives, the respect they are given and how they make use of it, their teachings, their philosophy and the way they transform it into a lifestyle.

‘Sadhus’ is a novel written in the form of a road movie. It is a spiritual journey into the world of the sadhus. 
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    (More than year ago) By, Anonymous

    This is an excellent book. No gobbledegook and no bullshit. Just clear beautiful prose and ideas. And a great memoir. I make no apology for promoting this book. I have not connection to the author but i feel it deserves a lot more attention from anyone with an interest in Indian religions, and Indian religious culture and Indian derived spirituality. I'd always been skeptical about sadhus. I tend to keep a wide berth from them. I decided to buy this book after I saw it because I'd met a lovely man in Amarkantak who told me he used to be a sadhu. I don't usually hang around town for a long time but I was in Amarkantak for one month. Many of you will know its a holy town. Before I met the lovely ex-sadhu, i stayed in an ashram where I observed the sadhus over the course of my stay but this only gave me an external impression. I didn't know anything about them still as mostly they seemed not to speak English and I wasn't very interested in getting to know them anyway. From the book, I learnt a great deal about sadhus and the non-establishment part of Hinduism. The writer, a french man who seems to have been a student of philosophy beforehand, becomes a disciple of a sadhu who is very wise and intelligent. He lives the life of a sadhu, travelling all over and learning the philosophies of hinduism. Most of the content of the book is devoted to the meatier and more meaningful aspects of the lives of sadhus however he does mention those sadhus who are less pure. Its an excellent portrait of sadhus as a "tribe" is you will. I feel it must cover the breadth of sadhu experience. Once again its a beautiful book.

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