Concerning sadhus (mahatmas)


Every learned man knows very well that attachment for the material

is the greatest entanglement of the spirit soul.1

If you ponder over that statement, you’ll come to the conclusion that it is true eventually.

For those of us, who do not want to suffer in this material world anymore, a question arises – how can we free ourselves from the attachment to it ? In fact we can not do that, since being attached to something or someone is our innate quality.

However, we learn from the sastras that human life is not meant for sense enjoyment but for tapasya.” (Bhaktivedanta Swami, A. C., 1977, p. 131) The word tapasya means effort to achieve self-realiziation.

Thus, we can redirect our attachments in such a way, that it can help us to evolve. If we make ourselves attached to the God, eternal source of everything, instead of temporary material things, that exist in this world including our bodies, then we are certainly on the righteous path.

There is another way to do that, that might be even easier. Swami Prabhupada asserts (1977) that the same attachment, when applied to self-realized devotees, opens the door of liberation .

There are two kinds of people: sadhu and asadhu. Asadhu is a human-being, who has forgotten its true nature and lives for gratification of his senses, the symbol of which is woman. Life of such humans is full of material attachments and they always think in categories of “me” and “my”. Their ego is so powerful, that it, like a veil of mist, prevents them from seeing the absoulute truth.

And who is a sadhu ? A sadhu is a devotee of supreme absolute truth, Shree Krishna. And if we can become attached to such saintly persons, then we will gradually come to the understanding and loving the God. There is no doubt about that. Another term for such exalted souls is mahatma (maha = the great, and atma = soul).

It is asserted in many authoritative sources, such as puranas, that the service to a mahatma, or elevated devotee of the Lord is the royal road of liberation.

It is clear for any reasonble man that “society needs first-class sadhus in order to improve” (Bhaktivedanta Swami, A. C., 1977, p. 132).

Unfortunately nowadays there are very few sadhus in our society, but the thing is we need them, if we aim at evolving as a humanity. Otherwise we are doomed to live like animals and suffer.

1Bhaktivedanta Swami, A. C., 1977. Teachings of Lord Kapiladeva. Los-Angeles, California.


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