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The Sacred Pipe - Black Elk's Account Of The Seven Rites Of The Oglala Sioux (Paperback, New Ed): Joseph Epes Brown The Sacred Pipe - Black Elk's Account Of The Seven Rites Of The Oglala Sioux (Paperback, New Ed)
Joseph Epes Brown
R456 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R82 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Black Elk of the Sioux has been recognized as one of the truly remarkable men of his time in the matter of religious belief and practice. Shortly before his death in August, 1950, when he was the "keeper of the sacred pipe," he said, "It is my prayer that, through our sacred pipe, and through this book in which I shall explain what our pipe really is, peace may come to those peoples who can understand, and understanding which must be of the heart and not of the head alone. Then they will realize that we Indians know the One true God, and that we pray to Him continually."

Black Elk was the only qualified priest of the older Oglala Sioux still living when "The Sacred Pipe "was written. This is his book: he gave it orally to Joseph Epes Brown during the latter's eight month's residence on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Black Elk lived. Beginning with the story of White Buffalo Cow Woman's first visit to the Sioux to give them the sacred pip, Black Elk describes and discusses the details and meanings of the seven rites, which were disclosed, one by one, to the Sioux through visions. He takes the reader through the sun dance, the purification rite, the "keeping of the soul," and other rites, showing how the Sioux have come to terms with God and nature and their fellow men through a rare spirit of sacrifice and determination.

The "wakan "Mysteries of the Siouan peoples have been a subject of interest and study by explorers and scholars from the period of earliest contact between whites and Indians in North America, but Black Elk's account is without doubt the most highly developed on this religion and cosmography. "The Sacred Pipe, "published as volume thirty-six in the Civilization of the American Indian Series, will be greeted enthusiastically by students of comparative religion, ethnologists, historians, philosophers, and everyone interested in American Indian life.

Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback): Rachel Adler Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback)
Rachel Adler
R351 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Think Like a Monk - Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day (Hardcover): Jay Shetty Think Like a Monk - Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day (Hardcover)
Jay Shetty
R711 R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Save R109 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Fifteenth Month - Aztec History in the Rituals of Panquetzaliztli (Hardcover): John F. Schwaller The Fifteenth Month - Aztec History in the Rituals of Panquetzaliztli (Hardcover)
John F. Schwaller
R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Mexica (Aztecs) used a solar calendar made up of eighteen months, with each month dedicated to a specific god in their pantheon and celebrated with a different set of rituals. Panquetzaliztli, the fifteenth month, dedicated to the national god Huitzilopochtli (Hummingbird on the Left), was significant for its proximity to the winter solstice, and for the fact that it marked the beginning of the season of warfare. In The Fifteenth Month, John F. Schwaller offers a detailed look at how the celebrations of Panquetzaliztli changed over time and what these changes reveal about the history of the Aztecs. Drawing on a variety of sources, Schwaller deduces that prior to the rise of the Mexica in 1427, an earlier version of the month was dedicated to the god Tezcatlipoca (Smoking Mirror), a war and trickster god. The Mexica shifted the dedication to their god, developed a series of ceremonies - including long-distance running and human sacrifice - that would associate him with the sun, and changed the emphasis of the celebration from warfare alone to a combination of trade and warfare, since merchants played a significant role in Mexica statecraft. Further investigation shows how the resulting festival commemorated several important moments in Mexica history, how it came to include ceremonies associated with the winter solstice, and how it reflected a calendar reform implemented shortly before the arrival of the Spanish. Focused on one of the most important months in the Mexica year, Schwaller's work marks a new methodology in which traditional sources for Mexica culture, rather than being interrogated for their specific content, are read for their insights into the historical development of the people. Just as Christmas re-creates the historic act of the birth of Jesus for Christians, so, The Fifteenth Month suggests, Panquetzaliztli was a symbolic re-creation of events from Mexica myths and history.

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Raymond Brady Williams An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Raymond Brady Williams
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.

Bewildered Travel - The Sacred Quest for Confusion (Paperback): Frederick J. Ruf Bewildered Travel - The Sacred Quest for Confusion (Paperback)
Frederick J. Ruf
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why do we travel? Ostensibly an act of leisure, travel finds us thrusting ourselves into jets flying miles above the earth, only to endure dislocations of time and space, foods and languages foreign to our body and mind, and encounters with strangers on whom we must suddenly depend. Travel is not merely a break from routine; it is its antithesis, a voluntary trading in of the security one feels at home for unpredictability and confusion. In "Bewildered Travel" Frederick Ruf argues that this confusion, which we might think of simply as a necessary evil, is in fact the very thing we are seeking when we leave home.

Ruf relates this quest for confusion to our religious behavior. Citing William James, who defined the religious as what enables us to "front life," Ruf contends that the search for bewilderment allows us to point our craft into the wind and sail headlong into the storm rather than flee from it. This view challenges the Eliadean tradition that stresses religious ritual as a shield against the world's chaos. Ruf sees our departures from the familiar as a crucial component in a spiritual life, reminding us of the central role of pilgrimage in religion.

In addition to his own revealing experiences as a traveler, Ruf presents the reader with the journeys of a large and diverse assortment of notable Americans, including Henry Miller, Paul Bowles, Mark Twain, Mary Oliver, and Walt Whitman. These accounts take us from the Middle East to the Philippines, India to Nicaragua, Mexico to Morocco--and, in one threatening instance, simply to the edge of the author's own neighborhood. "What gives value to travel is fear," wrote Camus. This book illustrates the truth of that statement.

Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback): Elizabeth McClure Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback)
Elizabeth McClure; Ralph Bartel; Edited by Alan G Bartel
R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Standing Alone - An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed): Asra Nomani Standing Alone - An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Paperback, 1st pbk. ed)
Asra Nomani
R351 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R19 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As President Bush is preparing to invade Iraq, Wall Street Journal correspondent Asra Nomani embarks on a dangerous journey from Middle America to the Middle East to join more than two million fellow Muslims on the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca required of all Muslims once in their lifetime. Mecca is Islam's most sacred city and strictly off limits to non-Muslims. On a journey perilous enough for any American reporter, Nomani is determined to take along her infant son, Shibli -- living proof that she, an unmarried Muslim woman, is guilty of zina, or "illegal sex." If she is found out, the puritanical Islamic law of the Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia may mete out terrifying punishment. But Nomani discovers she is not alone. She is following in the four-thousand-year-old footsteps of another single mother, Hajar (known in the West as Hagar), the original pilgrim to Mecca and mother of the Islamic nation.

Each day of her hajj evokes for Nomani the history of a different Muslim matriarch: Eve, from whom she learns about sin and redemption; Hajar, the single mother abandoned in the desert who teaches her about courage; Khadijah, the first benefactor of Islam and trailblazer for a Muslim woman's right to self-determination; and Aisha, the favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam's first female theologian. Inspired by these heroic Muslim women, Nomani returns to America to confront the sexism and intolerance in her local mosque and to fight for the rights of modern Muslim women who are tired of standing alone against the repressive rules and regulations imposed by reactionary fundamentalists.

Nomani shows how many of the freedoms enjoyed centuries ago have been erased by the conservative brand of Islam practiced today, giving the West a false image of Muslim women as veiled and isolated from the world. Standing Alone in Mecca is a personal narrative, relating the modern-day lives of the author and other Muslim women to the lives of those who came before, bringing the changing face of women in Islam into focus through the unique lens of the hajj. Interweaving reportage, political analysis, cultural history, and spiritual travelogue, this is a modern woman's jihad, offering for Westerners a never-before-seen look inside the heart of Islam and the emerging role of Muslim women.

Wherever you go, there you are (deckle-edge) - Mindfulness meditation in everyday life (Paperback, 10th Revised ed.): Jon... Wherever you go, there you are (deckle-edge) - Mindfulness meditation in everyday life (Paperback, 10th Revised ed.)
Jon Kabat-Zinn
R416 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R100 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation but its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to all.& nbsp; In essence, mindfulness is about wakefulness.& nbsp; Our minds are such that we are often more asleep than awake to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment as it unfolds.& nbsp; In WHEREVER YOU GO THERE YOU ARE, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one??'s own life.& nbsp; It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.& nbsp;

The Gift of Rest - Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath (Paperback): Joseph I. Lieberman, David Klinghoffer The Gift of Rest - Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath (Paperback)
Joseph I. Lieberman, David Klinghoffer
R340 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Rediscovering the Beauty of Sabbath Rest"
Our bodies and souls were "created "to rest--regularly--and when they do, we experience heightened productivity, improved health, and more meaningful relationships.
In these pages you'll find wonderful stories of the senator's spiritual journey, as well as special Sabbath experiences with political colleagues such as Bill Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore, John McCain, Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Bob Dole, and others. Senator Joe Lieberman shows how his observance of the Sabbath has not only enriched his personal and spiritual life but enhanced his career and enabled him to serve his country to his greatest capacity.

Around the World in One Shabbat - Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together (Hardcover): Durga Yael Bernhard Around the World in One Shabbat - Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together (Hardcover)
Durga Yael Bernhard
R430 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R68 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Take your child on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world. Shabbat Shalom Beginning in an old Jerusalem market Friday morning, shopping for foods to make Shabbat meals specialSetting a beautiful Sabbath table in Australia Friday afternoonLighting Shabbat candles with a family in TurkeySinging zemirot with relatives in RussiaMaking hamotzi as a congregation in the United StatesParading the Torah scrolls at Shabbat morning services in a synagogue in GermanyRelaxing in the peace of Shabbat day in CanadaEnjoying a special Sabbath afternoon meal in Morocco

From Israel to Thailand, from Ethiopia to Argentina, you and your children are invited to share the diverse Sabbath traditions that come alive in Jewish homes and synagogues around the world each week and to celebrate life with Jewish people everywhere."

Sex and Lies - True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World (Paperback): Leila Slimani Sex and Lies - True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World (Paperback)
Leila Slimani; Translated by Sophie Lewis
R346 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Raising Your Children for Christ (Paperback): Andrew Murray Raising Your Children for Christ (Paperback)
Andrew Murray
R170 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R30 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Inward - Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self (Paperback): Michal Pagis Inward - Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self (Paperback)
Michal Pagis
R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Western society has never been more interested in interiority. Indeed, it seems more and more people are deliberately looking inward--toward the mind, the body, or both. Michal Pagis's Inward focuses on one increasingly popular channel for the introverted gaze: vipassana meditation, which has spread from Burma to over forty countries and counting. Lacing her account with vivid anecdotes and personal stories, Pagis turns our attention not only to the practice of vipassana but to the communities that have sprung up around it. Inward is also a social history of the westward diffusion of Eastern religious practices spurred on by the lingering effects of the British colonial presence in India. At the same time Pagis asks knotty questions about what happens when we continually turn inward, as she investigates the complex relations between physical selves, emotional selves, and our larger social worlds. Her book sheds new light on evergreen topics such as globalization, social psychology, and the place of the human body in the enduring process of self-awareness.

Kosher USA - How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Hardcover): Roger Horowitz Kosher USA - How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Hardcover)
Roger Horowitz
R780 R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Save R99 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing; and the difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus. Kosher USA is filled with big personalities, rare archival finds, and surprising influences: the Atlanta rabbi Tobias Geffen, who made Coke kosher; the lay chemist and kosher-certification pioneer Abraham Goldstein; the kosher-meat magnate Harry Kassel; and the animal-rights advocate Temple Grandin, a strong supporter of shechita, or Jewish slaughtering practice. By exploring the complex encounter between ancient religious principles and modern industrial methods, Kosher USA adds a significant chapter to the story of Judaism's interaction with non-Jewish cultures and the history of modern Jewish American life as well as American foodways.

The Festivals of Cornwall - Ritual, Revival, Reinvention (Paperback): Alan Kent The Festivals of Cornwall - Ritual, Revival, Reinvention (Paperback)
Alan Kent
R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Tikopia Ritual and Belief (Paperback): Raymond Firth Tikopia Ritual and Belief (Paperback)
Raymond Firth
R992 Discovery Miles 9 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1967, this book gives some of the fruits of the author's study of Tikopia ways of thought as the result of three field expeditions. Most Polynesians became Christians more than a century ago but Tikopia had a substantial pagan population until quite recent years. This book of essays describes rites and beliefs of a people who still maintained their traditional institutions remote from civilization. Studies of totemism, of magic and of beliefs in the fate of the soul in the afterworld, not only throw new light on Polynesian attitudes but also contribute some novel ideas to the interpretation of standard theoretical problems in social anthropology. Studies of rumour, suicide, and a new essay on spirit mediumship, also provide links between social anthropology and psychology. A general review based on the author's visit in 1966 describes the modern position after the adoption of Christianity.

Mount Wutai - Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Hardcover): Wen-Shing Chou Mount Wutai - Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Hardcover)
Wen-Shing Chou
R1,419 R1,138 Discovery Miles 11 380 Save R281 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The northern Chinese mountain range of Mount Wutai has been a preeminent site of international pilgrimage for over a millennium. Home to more than one hundred temples, the entire range is considered a Buddhist paradise on earth, and has received visitors ranging from emperors to monastic and lay devotees. Mount Wutai explores how Qing Buddhist rulers and clerics from Inner Asia, including Manchus, Tibetans, and Mongols, reimagined the mountain as their own during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wen-Shing Chou examines a wealth of original source materials in multiple languages and media--many never before published or translated-such as temple replicas, pilgrimage guides, hagiographic representations, and panoramic maps. She shows how literary, artistic, and architectural depictions of the mountain permanently transformed the site's religious landscape and redefined Inner Asia's relations with China. Chou addresses the pivotal but previously unacknowledged history of artistic and intellectual exchange between the varying religious, linguistic, and cultural traditions of the region. The reimagining of Mount Wutai was a fluid endeavor that proved central to the cosmopolitanism of the Qing Empire, and the mountain range became a unique site of shared diplomacy, trade, and religious devotion between different constituents, as well as a spiritual bridge between China and Tibet. A compelling exploration of the changing meaning and significance of one of the world's great religious sites, Mount Wutai offers an important new framework for understanding Buddhist sacred geography.

What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism (Paperback): Robert Schoen What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism (Paperback)
Robert Schoen; Foreword by Alice Camille
R374 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"From the Sabbath to circumcision, from Hanukkah to the Holocaust, from bar mitzvah to bagel, how do Jewish religion, history, holidays, lifestyles, and culture make Jews different, and why is that difference so distinctive that we carry it from birth to the grave?" This accessible introduction to Judaism and Jewish life is especially for Christian readers interested in the deep connections and distinct differences between their faith and Judaism, but it is also for Jews looking for ways to understand their religion--and explain it to others. First released in 2002 and now in an updated edition.

Vajrayana - An Essential Guide to Practice (Paperback): Traleg Kyabgon Vajrayana - An Essential Guide to Practice (Paperback)
Traleg Kyabgon
R533 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tikopia Ritual and Belief (Hardcover): Raymond Firth Tikopia Ritual and Belief (Hardcover)
Raymond Firth
R4,289 Discovery Miles 42 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1967, this book gives some of the fruits of the author's study of Tikopia ways of thought as the result of three field expeditions. Most Polynesians became Christians more than a century ago but Tikopia had a substantial pagan population until quite recent years. This book of essays describes rites and beliefs of a people who still maintained their traditional institutions remote from civilization. Studies of totemism, of magic and of beliefs in the fate of the soul in the afterworld, not only throw new light on Polynesian attitudes but also contribute some novel ideas to the interpretation of standard theoretical problems in social anthropology. Studies of rumour, suicide, and a new essay on spirit mediumship, also provide links between social anthropology and psychology. A general review based on the author's visit in 1966 describes the modern position after the adoption of Christianity.

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise Adonai - 16 Month Biblical Calendar-September 2019/Elul 5780 Through December 2020/Kislev... Let Everything That Has Breath Praise Adonai - 16 Month Biblical Calendar-September 2019/Elul 5780 Through December 2020/Kislev 5781 (Calendar)
R343 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ritual Matters - Dynamic Dimensions in Practice (Hardcover): Ute Husken, Christiane Brosius Ritual Matters - Dynamic Dimensions in Practice (Hardcover)
Ute Husken, Christiane Brosius
R3,054 Discovery Miles 30 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores the interaction of rituals and ritualised practices utilising a cross-cultural approach. It discusses whether and why rituals are important today, and why they are possibly even more relevant than before.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Paperback): Nabeel Qureshi Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Paperback)
Nabeel Qureshi; Foreword by Lee Strobel
R300 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R53 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with new bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.

Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.

Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart--and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.

The New York Times bestselling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has been expanded to include:

A revised foreword and introduction

A new afterword by Mark Mittelberg and reflection by Nabeel's wife

A substantially extended epilogue that shares how Nabeel told his friend David of his decision to follow Christ, how his parents found out, and much more

Expert contributions from scholars and ministry leaders on each section of the book, contributions previously included only in the ebook edition

An appendix with a topical table of contents (for teaching from Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus)

An appendix tackling the objection that Ahmadi Muslims are not true Muslims

And a sneak peek prologue from Nabeel’s book, No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

Saadhus - Holy Men of India (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Dolf Hartsuiker Saadhus - Holy Men of India (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Dolf Hartsuiker
R464 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R71 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An in-depth photographic study of the ascetic holy men of India - Includes more than 100 striking color photographs of Sadhus, their extreme austerities, and their holy festivals, including the Kumbha Mela - Examines the practices and beliefs of Sadhus from several different sects - Traces the historical and mythological roots of the Sadhus and shows how they have fundamentally shaped Hinduism since remote antiquity Spiritual adventurers, philosophical monks, naked ascetics, or religious transvestites, the Sadhus of India form a vital and unbroken link between the birth of yoga millennia ago and its present-day expression. Numbering in the millions, these mystic holy men are worshipped by the Hindus as representatives of the gods, yet they remain largely unknown in the West because they often live in far-off places, hidden from everyday life. In this full-color study of Sadhus more than 20 years in the making, photographer Dolf Hartsuiker illustrates the Sadhus' world of ancient magical rituals, religious symbols, and ascetic practices. In his photographic quest across India, the author visited many holy places, attended religious festivals including the Kumbha Mela, and encountered and photographed thousands of Sadhus, befriending several as he was drawn into their inner circle. Sharing more than 100 striking color photographs from his travels, he reveals the Sadhus' utmost devotion to their spiritual path through meditation practices, yoga exercises, penance, and austerities--sometimes taken to the extreme of prolonged self-imposed silence, bodily mortification, such as holding an arm above the head for years, or even ritual suicide--as well as their profound involvement with the mundane world as healers and teachers or magicians and sorcerers. It is a path of knowledge and devotion, renunciation and realization, sexual energy and spiritual power, divine intoxication and mystical union. The author examines the different beliefs and behaviors of each Sadhu sect, including the "sky-clad" Naga Babas, and traces their historical and mythological roots to show how they have fundamentally shaped Hinduism since antiquity. Revealing the powerful "otherworldliness" of the Sadhus, the author also exposes the mystical beauty that emanates from those who have chosen the path of asceticism in pursuit of knowledge of the Absolute and liberation from all earthly bonds.

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