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asceticism

[aset′isiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, askein, to exercise
(in psychiatry) a defense mechanism that involves repudiation of all instinctual impulses. The concept is derived from the religious doctrine that material things are evil and only spiritual things are good.
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It is also an exhortation to experience the natural world with the crystalline insights of the desert ascetic or the intensity of the artist and, ultimately, to hear the Word in the pure silence of ecological contemplation.
Thousands of police and volunteers are being used for crowd control during the Kumbh Mela, manning the river bank when the pilgrims and naked, dreadlocked ascetics dash into the water to bathe.
For seven years he led an ascetic life of solitude in the Carpathian mountains, living apart from his wife for much of the time.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid homage to the departed ascetic.
As heirs to the martyrs, ascetics embodied and made present the foundational values of the community; "the primordial past resided in the numinous space created by the ascetic" (p.
74) The text's only major difference is that rather than merely praising the myth of a kyamuni's Bodhisattva career, the composers of the text modelled their own spiritual path on it: "[F]or the authors of the Rastrapala, contemporary bodhisattvas were called to emulate the extraordinary sacrifices of Vessantara by way of the ascetic life of a wilderness dweller .
The intellectual substratum of Jasper's reflections is considerable, and philosophical arguments from Kant, Hegel, and particularly Heidegger break through the surface of the narrative and provide contours for navigating issues of ascetic judgement and of the existential condition of human beings, who paradoxically, find final resolution in the holding together of opposites, of light in darkness and of life in death.
72) The Responses can be traced back to intimate conversations that took place when Basil, having visited local communities to celebrate the liturgy or to attend a synod or festival, would be sought after for guidance by aspiring ascetics.
In his section on Siricius, Hunter details the pope's concerns to impose (post-marital) clerical celibacy to ensure clerics' uninterrupted ritual purity (which would enable them to administer Christian sacraments at any time) and to curb the seemingly frequent occurrence of rapidly promoting ascetics through clerical ranks.
In the post-Constantinian years, the division between lay and monastic Christians widened, driven by dedication to ascetic disciplines that differed in degree and kind.
Indian ascetics commonly perform rituals similar to Bhagiratha's sacrifice as a way to show respect for their ancestors and to serve the earthly community.
The lohans, Buddhist ascetics whose meditative personas inspired the pursuit of compassion and enlightenment, became a popular subject in paintings.