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Holy Men of India

Dolf Hartsuiker


A vibrantly illustrated survey of the myriad holy men, mystics and ascetics of India

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Spiritual adventurers, philosophical monks or religious transvestites, the Sadhus of India are worshipped by Hindus as representatives of the gods.

Liberated from physical concerns, these mystics form a vital and unbroken link from the birth of yoga millennia ago to its present-day expression. Through meditation, rituals, pilgrimages and ‘austerities’, each follows a personal path in quest of enlightenment, hoping, amid silence and solitude, renunciation and fasting, divine intoxication and bodily mortification, to cast off all earthly desires, transcend this mortal world and achieve lasting mystic union.

An evocative text covering Sadhus' ancient origins, beliefs and behaviours is illuminated by over 100 spectacular colour photographs.

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'Stunningly photographed … lucid and revelatory'
The Independent on Sunday

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 14 July 2014

ISBN: 9780500291603

About the Author

Dolf Hartsuiker is a psychologist, artist and traveller with a doctorate in psychology from the University of Utrecht. He divides his time between the Netherlands and India.

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