Often willing men are made the Sakhi sect sadhus under the guidance of a guru. They first undergo some rituals, master spiritual practices, understand the concept of divine love and learn devotional songs to graduate as sakhis. Only after a few years of striving, the guru declares the aspirant a sadhu and gives him the woman’s dress as per the scriptures and other things like ornaments. The sakhis are supposed to refrain from the materialistic world and live a life of austerities.
From a spiritual point of view, ultimate reality is dissolution of life into divine love like that of Radha and Krishna. The cross-dressed sakhis sing devotional songs unmindful of the public opinion or glare since it is a state of being in divine love. They just want to be with their beloved Lord Krishna and nothing else. "Nirvana that transcends gender is a typical feature of sacred Indic mythology," as Vithal C Nadkarni puts it.
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