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The Gymnosophists of Ancient India

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  • Mahavir Sanglikar
    Gymnosophists is the name (meaning naked philosophers ) given by the Greeks to certain ancient Indian philosophers who pursued asceticism to the point of
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      Gymnosophists is the name (meaning "naked philosophers") given by the Greeks to certain ancient Indian philosophers who pursued asceticism to the point of regarding food and clothing as detrimental to purity of thought (sadhus or yogis).They were probably the Naga Sadhus who are still in existence and are considered as the devotees of Lord Shiva.


      The Digambar Jain monks in India even now remain unclothed; they have been identified as the gymnosophists by several researchers,.[1][2] Xuanzang mentions having come across Digambar Jain monks in Taxila during his 7th century CE visit to India,[3] in the same Punjab region where Alexander encountered the gymnosophists.
       
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