Sadhus, Hindu ascetics found throughout India, follow the holy Hindu scriptures, are sometimes aligned with a specific god, and abandon a life of material possessions and creature comforts with the goal of obtaining nirvana through suffering. I believe the Muslim Sufi poet Latif describes them best when saying, “Yogis are many, but I love these wandering Sadhus. Smeared with dust, they eat little, never saving a grain of rice in their begging bowls. No food in their packs, they carry only hunger. No desire to eat have they. Thirst they pour and drink. These ascetics have conquered their desires. In their wilderness they found the destination from which they searched so long.”

Sadhus, Ascetics & Holy Men