Becoming a Sadhu in India from USA

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The link you set up did not appear...? I found this item :

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blo...sadhu-academic

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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post It's your separate sense of sense which needs to be renounced, not the outer world, when you disappear the world disappears. KK
What a beautiful sentiment KK.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post The link you set up did not appear...? I found this item :

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blo...sadhu-academic

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Thanks Ed. I am posting the link again in my previous post. Hope it is now visible.
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post What a beautiful sentiment KK.

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Obviously that should have read sense of self, not sense of sense.KK
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Please look at this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...012-a-t159252/

He could be anywhere now: You might have met him, be able to help, or give information.
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How about OP first make a quick trip to India and see if he can survive few days on his own.Becoming a Sadhu is not difficult but the life is indeed difficult specially nowdays.

He can also watch Diego Buuel series on NGC about Kumbh Mela.


PS: Diego Buue was host/anchor of the famous "Don't Tell My Mother" series in NGC where he goes to countries considered difficult/dangerous.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Tell_My_Mother
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Originally Posted by theRock View Post How about OP first make a quick trip to India and see if he can survive few days on his own.Becoming a Sadhu is not difficult but the life is indeed difficult specially nowdays.

He can also watch Diego Buuel series on NGC about Kumbh Mela.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KUlhKEmoxU

PS: Diego Buue was host/anchor of the famous "Don't Tell My Mother" series in NGC where he goes to countries considered difficult/dangerous.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Tell_My_Mother
Last I checked, you can't get a visa without a round-trip ticket... Did OP anticipate a planned overstay? I like the advice of a preliminary scouting trip. And my experience was that "gurus" abound in the US, with about the same trustworthiness as those here in India. Some now style themselves "life coaches." But some are sincere, and run soup kitchens, like the Catholic Workers. Opportunities for selfless service/karma yoga don't have geographic boundaries, and when it's time to get a guru, often, one will find you.
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Originally Posted by keshavasundara View Post . I looked around here but didn't find any threads about starting the life of a sadhu coming from a foreign country. I do not speak Hindi.
You can start by reading Baba Rampuri's book.

Are you on Facebook? Because he is and you can ask him questions directly instead of here.
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post Last I checked, you can't get a visa without a round-trip ticket...
On the contrary, many official outsourcers tell you not to buy a ticket before hand. To wait for the visa approval before applying. I have not checked the current state of affairs.

As to the Sadhu guy ! he posted and has not returned since A troll maybe
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post On the contrary, many official outsourcers tell you not to buy a ticket before hand. To wait for the visa approval before applying. I have not checked the current state of affairs.

As to the Sadhu guy ! he posted and has not returned since A troll maybe
Right, the visa may be issued before the ticket. However, at some point you will be asked to prove you have ongoing travel arrangements for getting out of the country on time. I had to get reservations (not a ticket). Sorry i was not clear. Standing at the check-in counter for a flight to India, the people ahead of me in line were not allowed to board the plane, as they had one-way tickets.
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Originally Posted by kathill View Post Right, the visa may be issued before the ticket. However, at some point you will be asked to prove you have ongoing travel arrangements for getting out of the country on time. I had to get reservations (not a ticket). Sorry i was not clear. Standing at the check-in counter for a flight to India, the people ahead of me in line were not allowed to board the plane, as they had one-way tickets.
Just to be clear; What the check-in agent may or may not ask, has no bearing on what the the receiving country's visa regulation say is required.

It is not visa related. What flags the checkin agent is listed in the screen. I know of citizens of visa-exempt countries, or even US citizens, sometimes challenged to show a return ticket ! going to Caribbean Isl were most do not need a visa.

If you search this site, you will find snippets of posts which talk of various issues over the years w.r.t. one-way vs round-trip ticket.

As to OP and Sadhus - They are as homogenous, as the residents of Hell's Kitchen, or mangoes and India
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post On the contrary, many official outsourcers tell you not to buy a ticket before hand. To wait for the visa approval before applying. I have not checked the current state of affairs.

As to the Sadhu guy ! he posted and has not returned since A troll maybe
The information about having ongoing travel arrangements is here: https://www.immihelp.com/nri/indiavi...n-arrival.html
I have been asked about ongoing tickets every time I have applied for a visa, but I never went the visa-on-arrival route.
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Originally Posted by keshavasundara View Post I want to become a Sadhu. I've tried living a life of a mendicant in the US but it amounts to being homeless, and there aren't gurus around to guide the experience. I want to go to India and find a Guru who can guide me and I want to become a Sadhu.

I don't exactly know how to go about this other than just buy a ticket to say, Varanasi, and start to wander and hope I will run into people who will help me. I looked around here but didn't find any threads about starting the life of a sadhu coming from a foreign country. I do not speak Hindi.

Why do you have to be a sadhu!

You can be a rajarshi like Janaka, Rama, Krishna, Ba Khin, Ambalal Muljibhai Patel and Lahiri Mahasaya who attained both material and spiritual prosperity.

A sadhu has to depend on others for alms and material help, which reduces the power of their austerities.

Guru Nanak had stated that those who made a honest living while chanting and revering the name of God, and generously sharing with the needy, do not have to perform any other rituals.
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