sadhu

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English[edit]

3 sadhus in Nepal

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit साधु (sādhú, good; good man, holy man).

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Noun[edit]

sadhu (plural sadhus)

  1. (Hinduism) 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).
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 994:
      It was clad in white in the manner of an Indian sadu or holy man, and it was walking barefoot on the grubby pavements.
    • 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
      So for the meanwhile I continued with my ritualised observances, obsessively counting the number of steps it took me to walk to any given location, carefully avoiding the cracks in the pavement for fear that the bears of the id might get me, and attending to my bodily functions with the pure metrical devotion of a sadhu.

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