Avadhut is a Sanskrit word emanating from one of India's most ancient spiritual traditions. The Avadhut is described as a human spiritual ideal and living example of the non-dual Awakening. The Avadhut is also referred to as Great Yogi or Mahasiddha and exemplifys the goal of all Naths.
The Avadhut is a mystic who has risen above body-consciousness, duality, and worldly concerns. The term is described in one text as one who has transcended the exclusive identification with the mind, body, ego, and emotions. Such a person roams free over the face of the earth and is said to be pure consciousness in human form.
A further illustrative metaphor for Avadhut is found in the description: "one who has caste off the fetters". In this Awakened reality there is nothing left to bind. Such is the Avadhut.
The nature of the Avadhut is described in and forms the sole subject of the Avadhut Gita. This Work is ascribed by some scholars to be the work and writing of Dattatreya.
- The Avadhut by Shri Kapilnath in The Open Door
- The Pathless Path to Immortality by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath
- Sanatana Dharma Gita by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath
- The Ashes of the Book by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath
- Dust and Bones by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath