Holy Men of Varanasi, India by Joey L.
Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world; it’s thought that people may have lived in Varanasi for about 3,000 years or longer. It’s the epicenter of Hindu faith, similar to Jerusalem for Christians and Mecca for Muslims.
Sadhus live in different corners of the world, the connection all these subjects have to each other is profound. Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.
1. Vijay Nund performing morning rituals in the Ganges River, the most sacred river in Hinduism.
2. Ascetic priest Baba Vijay Nund rows a boat along the Ganges River.
3. Aghori sadhus inside a sunken Shiva temple at Scindia Ghat, on the banks of the River Ganges.
4. Aghori sadhus cover themselves with human ash, which is the last rite of the material body.
5. The Aghori have a profound connection with the dead. Death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.
6. Amit Byasi & Banmi Shri Ra, Batuk Students.
7. Ram Das beside boat wreckage.
8. Lal Baba’s life is to travel. Even at 85 years old, he will continue to travel from holy place to holy place in India and Nepal. When he was young, Lal Baba’s parents arranged a marriage for him. Uncertain about his future, he ran away from home in Bihar Siwan and took up the lifelong task of becoming a sadhu.