Erm, they sure do seem like it. I'm not really sure. They are really stoned a lot though. . On the same day, this other guy who was really high wanted to foretell my future and when I didn't pay him any attention, he cursed me and said I'd suffer immensely . I hope he wasn't speaking on behalf of any deity.
this is exactly as i thought they were part of the shramanic momements! wow i wouldn't imagine they would get stoned that wasn't what i learned... 0_o in order to gain moksha they need to isolate themself from materials and humans.
Hahaha. Don't believe everything you read in the books. I've never really had a conversation with any of them (they *are* pretty intimidating ) so I'm not really sure but they say the weed holds religious significance to them. Something like- getting stoned increases their perception and makes them closer to God or whatever; only it's really just a trip. Lol. I don't know. Hey hold on! Okay there you go- [link] It's this festival that draws sadhus from all over India and Nepal, to Pashupathinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, where I'm from. Might interest you!