Amar Bharati was a married man with 3 children living in India until 1970. One day he decided to abandon his wife and children, quit his job and dedicate his life to Shiva.
Shiva is a Hindu deity. He is known as the destroyer and is the primary being in Shaivism. He is the creative power and energy of Vishnu and Brahma.
In 1973, Amar still felt too connected to the material world, so one day he raised his arm. And he left it there.
His arm has been raised for the last 47 years. Amar said that the process was very painful in the beginning, but eventually, the pain faded.
Now his arm has atrophied and cannot be lowered. His arm looks misshapen compared to his left arm and he does not trim his fingernails.
Other Hindu leaders have followed Amar’s lead. One has had his arm in the air for 25 years.
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