The ultimate title of Avadhoota is an achievement of many life-times of
spiritual progress. Only a few rare souls merit such an exalted title. In
any one epoch, only a handful of Avadhootas grace this Earth. So what is
an Avadhoota? Let us consider this question by looking at the meaning of
the name itself and seeing what are the essential characteristics of an
"A": He who has achieved complete liberation from the bonds of desires. He who is absolutely pure and is ever absorbed in total, inner, bliss.
"VA": He who has eliminated all His desires and is infallible to the three kinds of problems, namely, (a) diseases of the body, (b) illness caused by poisons of such creatures as scorpion, snakes etc, (c) adverse effects of natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes etc. An Avadhoota always lives in the present, forever happy in what this moment has to give.
"DHOO": Through an Avadhoota's body may be smeared with dust or ashes, His mind is cleansed of all impurities. Having reached His goal, such an Avadhoota is beyond mere disciplines of concentration (Dharana) and meditation (Dhyana).
"TA": He is ever eternally engrossed in the contemplation of the Absolute Truth. To this end, He has abandoned all worldly activities and even its thoughts. Such a
soul has erased His ego, merging completely with the universal spirit.
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