Saturday, November 15, 2014

Naga Sadhu

Who is a Sadhu?


A sādhu is a religious ascetic or holy person. 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 saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sanyāsa (renunciation). This way of life is open to women; the female form of the word is sādhvī साध्वी. In 2014 an all-female akhada (group of sadhus) was formed; it is believed to be the first such group in India

Who are Naga Sadhus?

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Naga is a very old word. Nagvansh and Naga race in the history of India is very old. India is one of the Nagaland name. Nagvanshi in India's northeast region, inhabited by Naga tribe and sect Dsnami come. A sect of India belongs to the Nath sect, denomination also Dsnami. The Saiva cult is considered the beginning of many Saints sects and traditions.

Naga race: Naga is one of India's major tribes. India's north-eastern state of Nagaland, which extends nude ranges, the home town of Naga tribes.

Naga word meaning 'Naga' about the origin of the word is recognized by scholars that the Sanskrit word 'Naga' is derived from the word meaning "mountain" and the people living on the 'hill' or 'Naga are called. In Kchchhari "naga" means "brave fighter, a young person" is taken from. 'Naga' means 'bare' the furnace of living persons. People living in the north-eastern India Naga says. Some scholars even before the Naga saints were Adi Shankaracharya arena, but not at the time they were known by the name arena. These fleet that was called Gang of sadhus. The arena was first term trend. PIR and Tdvir were sadhus in batch. Arena began Mughal term trend.

Some other historians believe that the Naga sect in India from prehistoric times to the tradition began. Located in the valley of the Indus noted Mohenjodaro currency and the animals found in excavations Adored and Pashupati Digambar seated statue of the evidence that the Vedic literature describes the Jtadhari ascetic. Of the ascetic god Shiva are Aradhy. Alexander the Great came with the philosophy of the Greeks had many Digambar monks. Buddha and Mahavira leader of these monks were the two principal associations. In Jainism Digambar Naga Sadhus and Saints who are Hindus, they are both derived from the same tradition. The country is also the Naga tribe lives in Nagaland.

 

Naga sadhu Warrior Clan of Hinduism

In North India, ēkadaṇḍi monastics have been organizing themselves into yoga akhadas, generally known as Akhāḍas. In the 16th century, Madhusudana Saraswati of Bengal organised a section of the Naga (naked) tradition of armed sannyasis in order to protect Hindus from the tyranny of the Mughal rulers. These are also called Gusain, Gussain, Gosain, Gossain, Gosine, Gosavi, Sannyāsi, Dasnāmi or Goswami in popular parlance.Warrior-ascetics could be found in Hinduism from at least the 1500s and as late as the 1700s, although tradition attributes their creation to Sankaracharya

Some examples of akhadas currently are the Shri Panchadashanam Juna Akhada of the Dashanami nagas, Shri Panchayati Mahanirwani Akhada, Shri Taponidhi Niranjani Akhada, Shri Taponidhi Anand Akhada, Shri Panchayati Atal Akhada, Shri Panchadashnam Awahan Akhada, Shri Pancha Agni Akhada and Shri Panchayati Akhada at Allahabad.Each akhada is divided into sub-branches and traditions. An example is the Datt Akhada of the naked sadhus of Juna Naga establishment.The naga sadhus generally remain in the ambit of non-violence presently, though some sections are also known to practice the sport of wrestling. The Dasanāmi sannyāsins practice the Vedic and yogic Yama principles of ahimsā (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-covetousness) and brahmacārya (celibacy / moderation). The Dasanāmis are generally believed to be celibate, and grihastas or householder sannyāsis such as Lahiri Mahasaya and Bhupendranath Sanyal (Sanyal Mahāsaya) were a rarity.

The naga sadhus are prominent at Kumbha mela, where the order in which they enter the water is fixed by tradition. After the juna akhada, the niranjani and mahanirvani akharas proceed to their bath. Ramakrishna Math Sevashram are almost the last in the procession.Baba Rampuri is the first known foreigner to be initiated into the naga sannyāsa, after leaving his native California in 1969 on a spiritual quest. He took his vows in 1970.

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