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Encounter with a Sadhu

In your life you will consciously look for other places, said the Sadhu. And he knew why.

During the first year that I was on the road, in the mountains, in the south-east of India, I came across a Sadhu. It must have been sometime like March or April because the winter had begun to lose its grip and the temperature was rising. The sun was high in the sky and quite hot. He invited me to sit next to him in the shade.

I pulled out a bottle of water from my shoulder bag, and a few bananas, and put both the things on the ground between us. Apart from my words and the conversation that I could have, I had nothing else to share with this unusual being. He told me that after spending years in upper-northern parts of India, he had started his pilgrimage to Madurai about 2 years ago.

He spoke fluent English and had a great sense of humour. He was also a gifted narrator. He told me his various experiences with an unprecedented ease. Several times I caught myself gaping and quite literally had to close my mouth!

After having spent a few hours together, he suddenly said:

"Forget my dreams to where I have taken you this afternoon, because they're not relevant to you."

"But try to remember the following," he continued, "you will always remember what I am going to tell you now. It may seem that life has accidentally brought us together, so to speak, but everything in life has its purpose. There are 2 things I'm going to share with you today:

“1. The first is just a recommendation: you should dress in white, it is good for you.

“2. The second is also important. One day you decided to pack your backpack and start traveling. It comes from a deep desire of your soul to reconnect in this way with your true self and also connect with the energy of your past lives. You will be drawn to specific places to remember specific things. In the beginning, as it is happening now, you may be unaware of going through such experiences. This state of unconsciousness may continue for a while. But at some point in your life you will begin to consciously look for other places that bring clarity to your soul and help you decide your own path.”

At that time I had no idea what those beautiful words meant but I felt no resistance coming from within me, to his message.

"Stay true to your path and there will come a day when you will recall our meeting with greater understanding."

Shortly afterwards, we bade eachother goodbye.


A sadhu is a Hindu ascetic or a yoga practitioner who has given up the first three Hindu goals of life: kāma, artha and dharma. A sadhu is fully committed to achieving spiritual liberation through meditation.


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