Interesting facts on SADHU VAIRAGI or BABA :
There are believed to be around five million sadhus belonging to several thousand schools or sects in India. Most sadhus are males. The few females ones are called sadvin (the feminine of sadhu). Gange Gange Rama Rama Hare Hare... Sadhu life ... Wandering and leaving as a vairagi is very different then we think in real illusion of life, only if that being is true to self.
A sadhu (IAST: sādhu (male), sādhvī (female)), also spelled saddhu, is a religious ascetic, mendicant (monk) or any holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced the worldly life. They are sometimes alternatively referred to as sannyasi or vairagi.
Sadhu have been around for at least 2000 years . They were called "the silent ones" or the "the long haired ones" in ancient Vedic verses.
Originally only Brahmins were allowed to become sadhus. Now members of any caste can become one.
Sadhus are revered by Hindus as representatives of the gods.
Hindus Sadhus and Buddhist monks have some similar customs. Both wander from place to place, surviving off alms and the goodness of others. In India it is a tradition for old men to leave their families and seek salvation. This is rooted in the Hindu belief in four stages of life: 1) studentship; 2) becoming a householder; 3) retiring to the forest to meditate; and 4) becoming a mendicant ( sannyasi ). A shaved head is a sign of penance. Many devotees have shaved heads this when they first become sadhus.
The offering of water is considered a sign of respect. A water pot in some sects is the only possession a sadhu is allowed to own. It is the equivalent of the begging bowl of a Buddhist monk.
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