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Le safran est la couleur sacrée de l'hindouisme. C'est pourquoi, les sâdhus, les renonçants au monde, portent des vêtements de couleur safran. La safran est également associé à la caste des guerriers Rajpoutes. Le safran incarne le combat, la pureté et la recherche de la vérité, le chemin vers le Nirvana.

Saffron connotes renunciation. People who wear saffron are Sadhu’s or Sadhvi’s (good people). But, in a land where religion is so much a part of everyday life, it is easy to fool people with saffron vestments. However, the act of wearing saffron means that you have renounced everything including family attachments, formal religion, including hate, including anger, including involvement in day to affairs of people ….. Most genuine Sanyasi’s and Sadhu’s will ask for nothing and will not bother you. If you wish to offer food or shelter it is your prerogative. Both men and women can take renunciation. It is recommended that you renounce the world only after you have fulfilled all your duties and responsibilities. It is not meant to be a method of running away.

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