The purpose of saintly people is to teach society how to utilize their talents, their gifts and their particular position to become liberated rather than become entangled and how they can do great benefit for the world rather than add to the world’s problems.
"On one's own, it is impossible to conquer Maya and leave her behind. There is no means to do it other than through the grace of the saints."
Childish fools pursue external desires and enter the wide chords of death. The sages, having comprehended the liberated condition, never pray for the temporary things of this world.
The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures and all his characteristics are sublime.
One can gradually become purified by seeing, touching and worshiping temple deities, places of pilgrimage and holy rivers. but one can attain the same result immediately simply by receiving the glance of exalted sages.
A real Saint is one who is genuinely detached from sense gratification and is truly attached to the loving service of the Lord.