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I want to become a sadhu. I am planning on going to Haridwar or Rishikesh, & stay in a ashram until kumbh mela (I heard itís easier to find a guru during this time). The problem is I am a teen. Most ashrams have 18+ rules. It would really be appreciated if someone help in finding a ashram, or a place to stay overall.
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I donít want people saying me you have a lot of life ahead, stop wasting your time blah blah. Only reply if you have a solution to my question. Donít reply if you just wanna bash me. Thank you
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In your earlier post it was mentioned you need to find some answers. this is the first time you mentioned the purpose of your visit that you want to become a sadhu.
Why people were warning you about the place and about the so called spiritual gurus because many unpleasant incidents happen there. Most of the people there are fake. So all senior IM-ers were warning you about these dangers and no bashing.

Personally, I understood you were looking for some spiritual path finding. Hence I was trying to offer some solution. Anyway, you have misunderstood everything.

A real sadhu, a spiritual guru must have a good education, open views for the scientific aspects of this universe (I am not asking them to have a nuke or quantum physics background), progressive mind and well experienced in "sansar", good knowledge about history, and a master in philosophy (not M.Phil degree!!) in my opinion. Hence one must prepare himself/ herself to become a real sadhu, for a meaningful Sadhu-life.

I find Rishikesh better than Haridwar, (and Harshil, Gangotri, Tapovan are better places for self realization). Uttarakhand high hill areas have many such secluded places for spiritual path-finding.

One last suggestion. At young age one can join any organization like Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevasharm Sangha, Aurobindo Ashram to start with volunteering, community work etc. Once the person gets enough education and a good experience about "sansar" then he/she can start sadhu life. I guess there must be rigorous training involved to become a sadhu.

Sadhu-ism is not an attractive career option, sadhu life= "Tyag", "Krichha sadhan" and a human life does not have any meaning if he/she is not engaged into "karma-yoga".

All above are my personal views.
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Originally Posted by rajatchakraborty View Post One last suggestion. At young age one can join any organization like Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevasharm Sangha, Aurobindo Ashram to start with volunteering, community work etc.
Don't go joining any institutions or organisations, otherwise you will get "institutionalised!" is that what you want?

Your true Ashram is within you, dwell there, take retreat there (through meditation).

When an army takes retreat it does not advance or charge outwards, it retreats within to it's base, it's interior castle where it will be safe & can live peacefully, so take your army (mind & senses) back to your base & don't become engaged in a battle with the outer world.

Read this; https://himalayanhermit.com/what-is-an-ashram/
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Please look at this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...012-a-t159252/

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Originally Posted by Sasha12003 View Post I want to become a sadhu. I am planning on going to Haridwar or Rishikesh, & stay in a ashram until kumbh mela (I heard itís easier to find a guru during this time). The problem is I am a teen. Most ashrams have 18+ rules. It would really be appreciated if someone help in finding a ashram, or a place to stay overall.
sādhvī (Female Sadhu)

Since you are looking for solutions on your own, it would not be appropriate to spoon-feed you Next year, the Khumb is in Prayagraj.

But be aware, and rethink what will happen to any Ashram who takes you, the moment you go missing from home - Their mahant as well as mathi will be arrested and its residents probably hassled. You are a minor ! Your parents can make life difficult for all who shelter you till adulthood.

Having said all this , locate Trikal Bhavanta, she is a Mahant.
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Originally Posted by rajatchakraborty View Post In your earlier post it was mentioned you need to find some answers. this is the first time you mentioned the purpose of your visit that you want to become a sadhu.
Why people were warning you about the place and about the so called spiritual gurus because many unpleasant incidents happen there. Most of the people there are fake. So all senior IM-ers were warning you about these dangers and no bashing.

Personally, I understood you were looking for some spiritual path finding. Hence I was trying to offer some solution. Anyway, you have misunderstood everything.

A real sadhu, a spiritual guru must have a good education, open views for the scientific aspects of this universe (I am not asking them to have a nuke or quantum physics background), progressive mind and well experienced in "sansar", good knowledge about history, and a master in philosophy (not M.Phil degree!!) in my opinion. Hence one must prepare himself/ herself to become a real sadhu, for a meaningful Sadhu-life.

I find Rishikesh better than Haridwar, (and Harshil, Gangotri, Tapovan are better places for self realization). Uttarakhand high hill areas have many such secluded places for spiritual path-finding.

One last suggestion. At young age one can join any organization like Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevasharm Sangha, Aurobindo Ashram to start with volunteering, community work etc. Once the person gets enough education and a good experience about "sansar" then he/she can start sadhu life. I guess there must be rigorous training involved to become a sadhu.

Sadhu-ism is not an attractive career option, sadhu life= "Tyag", "Krichha sadhan" and a human life does not have any meaning if he/she is not engaged into "karma-yoga".

All above are my personal views.
Thank you! This was really helpful
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post sādhvī (Female Sadhu)

Since you are looking for solutions on your own, it would not be appropriate to spoon-feed you Next year, the Khumb is in Prayagraj.

But be aware, and rethink what will happen to any Ashram who takes you, the moment you go missing from home - Their mahant as well as mathi will be arrested and its residents probably hassled. You are a minor ! Your parents can make life difficult for all who shelter you till adulthood.

Having said all this , locate Trikal Bhavanta, she is a Mahant.
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Khumb is mushroom
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Readiness for the Path is not about intellect or study. The heart must be open. Yearning and longing characterize this state. Try reading some Hafiz or Rumi. (My favorite translator is Thomas Rain Crowe.)

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Originally Posted by Sasha12003 View Post Donít reply if you just wanna bash me. Thank you
A li'l bird tells me that you have lots of bashing ahead of you , but not in this forum.
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Rishikesh is better than Haridwar. There are ashrams in other cities such as Dehradun also.
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When the student is ready the teacher arrives. Why not just go to these places, be quietly in the moment and see if anything coalesces...seeking is more important than finding, this is where your true education lies.
It might be the best of times or the worst of times...but it's the only time you've got!

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