Definitions for sadhuˈsɑ du
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word sadhu
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a Hindu ascetic.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of sadhu:
1835–45; < Skt sādhu good, a holy man
(Hinduism) an ascetic holy man
An ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi) who has given up pursuit of the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (enjoyment), artha (practical objectives) and even dharma (duty).
In Hinduism, sādhu denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa, the fourth and final aśrama, through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sādhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyāsa. This way of life is open to women; the female form of the word is sādhvī साध्वी.
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