The Height of Folly

The Height of Folly

“To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly.
What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!”
(Denis Diderot – French philosopher, 1713-1784)

Those sadhus are staying at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
The palace made by the king of Darabhanga from the Indian state of Bihar is now being restored into a luxurious hotel and beneath its wall several paintings showing a few gods and saints are preventing people to use this place as a bathroom in order that this ghat becomes clean again.
This is the place where those men decided to practice their religious doctrine that allows to reach a higher spiritual state applying rigorous self-discipline and self-denial.

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