Photo: A Hindu sādhu featured in Life Magazine. Sādhu literally means one who practises a ″sadhana″ or keenly follows a path of spiritual discipline. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. 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 or nothing in Jainism, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation of worldly possessions). A female mendicant in Hinduism and Jainism is often called a sadhvi, or in some texts as aryika.
Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry 'Who am I?' in quest of the Self is the best means.
(Sri Ramana Maharshi)
'Timeless in Time: The Autobiographical Writings of Sri Ramana Maharshi'
By A.R. Natarajan (Author)
Timeless in Time is a condensed biography and collection of the writings and sayings of Sri Ramana Maharishi a modern Hindu saint who was known for his ability to communicate to people of any background. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes many photographs of the saint along with sacred places and people from his long life. Sri Ramana Maharsi (1879-1950) was a unique spiritual teacher even by India's rich standards. He was the living embodiment of the Indian tradition of Advaita Vedanta which focuses on the oneness of God with the human soul and all created things. The photographs illustrations and text combine to convey the powerful presence and teachings of this remarkable man whose legacy is still influential amongst generations of disciples and admirers in India and around the world.
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