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Nonattachment

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Nonattachment

“The main motive for ”nonattachment” is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work”.
(George Orwell – British Author, 1903-1950)

Since a few weeks those sadhus are staying at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) living in self-denial and showing the practice of their asceticism.

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The Dark Night of the Soul

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The Dark Night of the Soul

This picture was shot at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world, where a group of sadhus decided to stay since a few weeks.
This child is living among them following the rules of asceticism.
I wonder if this boy decided himself to become such and then where did he find this enormous amount of energy and the wiseness to understand the moral overscrupulousness of the ascetic which made him doubt the propriety of pleasure…
I wonder what happened in order that he had this feeling of inadequacy to the demands of life.
His journey makes him fly from the world and from life therein and allows him to live an immersion of the self in a fantastic world where maybe he sees the dark night of the soul…

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The Height of Folly

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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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