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Freitag, 17. Mai 2013

The Baba's of the 21st century - Smoking Chillum and using smartphones - No problem !


Smoking of chillum

The chillum is not really a sacred object, because too many people handle them.
Still some symbolism is attributed to the chillum:

- the clay pipe represents Shiva's body,
- the charas his "mind",
- the smoke his divine effluence,
- the "high" his prasad.

Smoking is considered an austerity in itself, demonstrating non-attachment
to the body; a common yet sacred ritual integrated in the ascetics daily routine.



Many sadhus today possess "luxury" items - judged by ascetic standards - like watches, sun-glasses, radios, tv's, cars, ... and they use modern conveniences like electricity,
mobile phones, laptops and public transport.

But basically their life-style has retained many archaic - stone and bronze-age - characteristics.

As a result, joining the brotherhood of Sadhus is like going back in time, being
reborn in a semi-nomadic "tribe" of the pre-agrarian age.

By choosing the path of "renouncing" they are leaving behind the miseries, passions
and complexities of the 21st-century, using it's tools but not being a part of it.


To access the full picture gallery (flash slide show) follow the link below and press
"Play slideshow" situated on the right hand side:

Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad & Varanasi, India 2013 - Sadhus 1
http://www.lightstalkers.org/galleries/s/sczgrz1p00jkuu8qnq4g

Shanti, shanti, ... come, sit down, relax, no tension.

Om Nama Shivaya
Thomas Wilden

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