There is no evil, everything is emanated from ‘Brahman’, so how could anything in this universe be impure”? This is the kind of philosophy the aghori babas follow. According to Aghoris everything is the manifestation of god itself, so everything is as pure. So abandoning anything is like abandoning god itself. Aghori follows the simple rule that the universe resides in them. And they try to attain enlightenment by self-realization. Many of the Aghoris roam around naked representing the true human form and their detachment from the world of mortals who according to them live in the world of illusion. Through this they transcend human feelings of love, hatred, jealousy and pride. Aghories belief the God exists in everything so nothing is unholy, everything is sacred.
The Aghori pilgrimage place is in Varanasi and their stories are popular in every hamlet of India and Nepal. Most significantly, any cremation ground or haunted houses is regarded as holy by the Aghoris where they meditate and perform sadhana. The whole purpose of their tantras, mantras and practices is to attain non-duality and self-realization in life.
Drinking from a human skull, kapala, is another common tradition in Aghori ritual. Some people believe that Aghori sect does black magic but that’s not true. It is also believed that they have supernatural powers with which they can control nature and change the direction of the winds. Being devotees of Shiva they often chant powerful mantras for attaining moksha - liberation from the cycle of life and death. Tourists from around the world come to India to see and believe the Aghori culture. Aghoris have attracted so many philosophers and researchers to make documentaries, movies and write books as well.
In Hindu iconography, Tara, like Kali, is one of the ten Mahavidyas (wisdom goddesses) and once invoked can bless the Aghori with supernatural powers. The ten Mahavidyas worshiped by Aghoris are Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, and Bhairavi. Other Hindu deities primarily worshiped by Aghoris for supernatural powers are manifestations of Shiva, including Mahakala, Bhairava, Virabhadra, Avadhooti. 💀👁💀
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