“Maryada“, also spelled “mariada” (Sanskrit., मर्याद) — is one of the most important concepts in vishnuit SitaRam mahathyagi tradition.
“Maryada” literary means “respect”, but with much broader meaning than the English word has.
Maryada is both a philosophical concept and a set of complex rules of contact in SitaRam community and among thyagi saddhus.
Maryada defines everything – from the order in a queue to receive darshan, closeness to the murti during aarti (servise), to the way how laymen approach the guru’s or saddhus dhuni… Maryada is in the core of that mysterium tremendum, that sacred fear which makes hindu peasants tremble approaching guru’s place, that makes them immediately disappear on the first sight of babaji’s discontent…
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