Pitaji said that in Gurubani the three words:
Sadhu, Sant and Guru have been almost used synonymously
though not without reason.
But there are differences between the words.
Sadhu is he who has withdrawn his senses
From this phenomenal world
Much like the turtle that pulls in its shell
And blocks the world outside.
Sadhu attains a balance -“sadh” – with his own Self.
In doing that, the Sadhu comes to know “Hari Katha”
That all is Hari’s drama
And that Hari is Doing everything….
And that everything is being done for him by Hari Himself …..
The Sadhu is ordained to stay put
In one place – owning nothing….
Traditionally an empty hut, bare essentials, no extra possessions
Since everything from food to all his basic requirements
are brought to the Sadhu
By people around him on orders of Hari (please read Guru)
And there the Sadhu sits in splendid isolation
And recounts the Hari Katha to those who come to listen…..
The Sant also withdraws his senses from this phenomenal world
And much like the Sadhu, is in balance with his own Self.
But unlike Sadhu, the Sant is ordained to move
from one place to another
Singing Hari Katha as he goes along….
Santon ki Vani …….
Then of course, there is Guru…..
Like Sadhu and Sant, the Guru is also the One
Whose senses have been withdrawn
And who know the Hari Katha.
But He is the One who can give ‘Updesh’
Sermon / Pravachan.
It is the Guru who has the power
to break the chain of life death and rebirth
Setting His child free….