Jan 23, 2013

nirmohi akhara

midday, on the triveni road, we met a sadhu who invited us to lunch at his akhara. under a tarpaulin stretched across branches, we were handed small leaf bowls filled with pieces of guava and papaya. a small group gradually assembled under the tarps to tell us that the international society for krishna consciousness is known to the nirmohi as the englishman's akhara, explain how a celibate sadhu can have a wife and children, and brandish ceremonial swords. it was bright outside the tent when we left with prasad in our hands.