My journey to Asia was unforgettable. Nepal was my main focus and I was anxious to see everything.
The visit coincided with a Hindu Shiva-Ratri festival in Kathmandu, where I met many sadhu’s from India, making a pilgrimage to the sacred Bagmati river and Pashupatinath temple complex.
The amazing face and colorful costume of a Sadhu I met, led to this painting some years later.
A friends comment on this: “It is a major painting just for the achievement of painting a very wise man with such technical expertise, that his wisdom pierces the eyes of the beholders, me especially and FORCES me to spiritually evolve”.
• Title: Sadhu Samadhi
• Subject: Holy Man
• Location: California
• Completed: 2012
• Pieces: One
• Style: Classic Realism
• Colors: Red, Gold
• Signed: Yes
• Frame: n/a
• Purchase: Giclee, Original
In Hinduism, sādhu (“holy man”) denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sādhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyāsa (renunciation)
Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal.
This picture is framed in a gold, semi-ornate frame.