22. The Kavadi 3.
The Kavadi-bearer observes strict celibacy.
Only pure, Sattwic food is taken; he abstains from all sorts of intoxicating drinks and drugs.
He thinks of God all the time.
Many of the Kavadi-bearers, especially those who do it as a spiritual Sadhana, impose various forms of self-torture.
Some pass a sharp little spear through their tongue, which is made to protrude out of the mouth.
Others may pass a spear through the cheek.
This sort of piercing is done in other parts of the body also.
The bearer does not shave; he grows a beard.
He eats only once a day.
The spear pierced through his tongue or cheek reminds him of the Lord constantly.
It also prevents him from speaking.
It gives him great power of endurance.
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