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There are millions of them - these Indian wandering renunciants, begging monks, mystical walkers, roaming philosophers, miracle-workers, hashish smokers, holy men… but little is known about them. They are often photographed yet their words are seldom heard.
Some began this way of life from childhood, others were civil servants, shop keepers, real estate agents, thieves… they left their families and jobs to become renunciants, sâdhus. They refuse to work; and vow not to accept any wages. They pursue the path of liberation.
A few accomplish rigorous austerities, but most of them dedicate themselves to non-action. In a world verging on its short term ecological doom and demographic tsunami the sadhus are the messengers of a kind of freedom and moderation that our commercial civilization has forgotten, with its preaching of labour, consumption, economic growth and competition.
Patrick Levy recounts their everyday lives, the respect they are given and how they make use of it, their teachings, their philosophy and the way they transform it into a lifestyle.
Sâdhus is a novel written in the form of a road movie. It is a spiritual journey into the world of the sâdhus.
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110 TALES OF WISDOM
From All Over the World
Vani, New-Dehli, India
We all wish we were wise or wiser, but what is wisdom?
The tradition of wisdom tales stretches back as far as memory itself. It is probably as old as speech and as far reaching as humanity is on earth.
A tale of wisdom does not necessarily attempt to portray moral virtue or ethical conduct. It may, on the contrary, appear immoral, iconoclastic or blasphemous. It differs from a fairytale, a fable or a myth for it never ends with a miracle. Wisdom is manifested in unexpected perspectives and solutions which inspire the soul, heart and intellect, all at once.
What is sought is an enlightening effect produced by the sage's clear-sightedness, the boldness of his response, the strength of the truth he is demonstrating, or simply by the serenity emanating from the solution he offers. Through more than a hundred tales, inspired by traditions from all over the word, biographies of sages and from his own observations, Patrick Levy invokes this precious human quality wisdom is.
Author of "Sadhus, going beyond the dreadlocks", translated into four Indian languages.
'An inspiring, honest, quirky and thought provoking, first person point of view to living and awaking within the renunciants.' Spice Mag
'Insights unearthed. If you just chance upon a copy of Sadhus you might get to take a short cut to the land of the "luminous smile"!' Ramesh Rao, Patheos.
"The Kabbalist", (also translated in Hebrew) is a best-seller in France and was awarded a Special distinction by the panel of judges of "Spirituality Today" prize in 2002.
Praise for 'The Kabbalist' - An exhilarating initiation! (Anne Durocq, Actualité des religions)
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