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According to the eco-religion founded in the fifteenth century by a farmer in the region of the Thar desert in Rajasthan, known as Guru Jambheshwar, “to lose one’s head is better than losing a tree” The guru Jambheswar was born over 560 years ago in the same year in which the seaman and explorer Christopher Columbus was born. Unlike Columbus, who after numerous circumstances stumbling over an unknown land that would...

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The Kumbh Mela is one of the major religious celebrations of Hinduism, and also the busiest one of the existing around the world. It’s a gigantic meeting of crowd in the banks of the Ganges, whose waters are believed to become, at the time appointed by astrologers, in holy nectar that everyone wants to drink and is able to wash away sins; this common rite involves the whole India. Hindus believe that when immersed in the water...

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While Varanasi is the ultimate pilgrimage place for Hindus, only 10 kms from the city we find another place of great importance to Buddhist philosophy, I am referring to Sarnath, holy city for Buddhism. There are four holy sites related to the life of Buddha: Lumbini in Nepal, where he was born, Bodh Gay, in India, where he became enlightened, Sarnath, India, where he gave his first sermon, and Kushinagar, India, where he died....

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Sadhus or holy men are inherent to the Hindu religion. The fourth phase in a Hindu’s life, after studying, being a father and a pilgrim, is asceticism. The word sadhu, or holy man refers to mystics, ascetics, yogis, and mendicant monks living on the margins of society. They cut all family ties, do not have possessions and reduce their needs to the minimum to focus on achieving a higher reality. They depend on the charity of...

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