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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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Ramdev said as an ascetic, he should stay away from awards.
Who better to lead us to an attention to those sacred and desecrated places than those poets, artists, writers and ascetics endowed with a passion for seeing the beauty and brokenness of the material world?
Just as important, the Besht forcefully rejected and denigrated ascetic behavior based on a verse in Isaiah: "The whole world is full of His glory" (6:13).
makes clear that ascetic practices have a variety of meanings depending on context.
While cremation is the most common practice among Hindus, Sai Baba was buried as it is customary for ascetics in the religion.
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Instead, he focuses on a different, but just as important, factor in the differentiation of bodhisattva groups from the Buddhist mainstream: the text's ascetic orientation.
There are autobiographical references in the book, linking it with his previous study The Sacred Desert (2004), and in some ways the book traces out further reflections on the early ascetic movement in Christianity with a deliberate focus on the body.
His counsels to ascetic communities, which influenced St.
The life of an ascetic is such that the body may be left behind anywhere at any time.
Part of the French Catholic response to the Reformation was the ascetic group known as the Jansenists.
The practice of renunciation and adoption of the ascetic lifestyle can be traced back to the earliest periods of history in the Indian sub-continent, and they continue up through present day.