The man in the immediate right foreground is a Sadhu, a Hindu holy man. He has smeared his body with ashes to remind himself that all matter is transitory, and that even he himself will go to dust eventually. In the final phase of his life he has left everything and everyone behind to search for enlightenment. Not only his possessions but also his friends and family. The only things left in his possession are the rags he wears and the bowl from which he eats and drinks. He lives on what people give to him. He attempts to withdraw himself from the world of the painting, from the material world, not to be influenced by the hustle and bustle, the smells and the noises. He tries to exist, without judgements, frustrations, desires, feelings or needs, even without thoughts.