Sadhu and the old man

 

Oils on canvas. 70x50cm. 2015.

Inspired by my trip to India. The cat, an old man’s follower, is a real Sadhu as you might guess.

Sadhu literally means one who practises a ″sadhana″ or keenly follows a path of spiritual discipline. 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 simple clothing, such saffron-coloured clothing in Hinduism, white or nothing in Jainism.

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