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  Asceticism - LoveToKnow 1911
We may therefore expect in primitive asceticism to find many abstentions and much self-torture apparently valueless for the training of character and discipline of the feelings, which are the essence of any healthy asceticism.
It is not that savages are devoid of the ascetic instinct.
Asceticism then in its origin was usually not ascetic in a modern sense, that is, not ethical.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Asceticism   (3543 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - ASCETICISM:
Asceticism is indigenous to the religions which posit as fundamental the wickedness of this life and the corruption under sin of the flesh.
Simon ben YoḦai is depicted as an ascetic in the traditions preserved in rabbinical literature.
Moreover, his ascetic practises were not inspired by a consciousness of the futility of this life and its sinfulness, but by the anxiety to fulfil to the letter the Law, to ponder on the Torah day and night.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=1887&letter=A&search=asceticism   (1781 words)

  Asceticism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Asceticism is most commonly associated with monks, yogis or priests, however any individual may choose to lead an ascetic life.
Scriptual examples of asceticism could be found in the lives of John the Baptist, Jesus, the twelve apostles and Saint Paul, as well as in the primitive Christian community depicted by Luke (Acts 4:32).
Thus, the asceticism of practitioners like Jerome was hardly original (although some of his critics thought it was), and a desert ascetic like Antony the Great (251-356 CE) was in the tradition of ascetics in noted communities and sects of the previous centuries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Asceticism   (2208 words)

 asceticism – FREE asceticism Information | Encyclopedia.com: Facts, Pictures, Information!
Asceticism has been common in most major world religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity: all of these have special ascetic cults or ascetic ideals.
The most common ascetic practice is fasting, which is used for many purposes—to produce visions, as among the Crow; to mourn the dead, as among various African peoples; and to sharpen spiritual awareness, as among the early Christian saints.
A Queer Civalry: The Homoerotic Asceticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
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 ORTHODIXIE ... Southern, Orthodox, Convert, Etc.: Asceticism
Ascetic disciplines are nothing more than the means to mortify the old Adam and crucify our will, our passions, and the desires that work in us for iniquity.
Asceticism should not assume the form of a bodily suppression or repression For once the practice of ascesis disappears, the result is an acute reaction.
Asceticism should be soberly and wisely practiced, not out of grief or pain but in joy and happiness.
southern-orthodoxy.blogspot.com /2004/08/asceticism.html   (596 words)

An "ascetic" (pronounced uh-sett-ick or /ə*sεt'*ik/) is one who renounces material comforts and lives a life of austerity or self-denial in order to improve themselves spiritually.
The former designates asceticism which is done while living an otherwise normal social life (this could include anything from Calvinism to vegetarianism); the latter implies that the ascetic completely withdraws from the world (giving, for example, hermits and monks).
Asceticism, like faith, is a good meme: it is able to breed itself inside people's heads and spread into both their religion and their life.
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Moreover although asceticism is generally associated with the objectionable features of religion, and is regarded by some as one of them, it may be and is practised by those who affect to be swayed by no religious motives whatever.
The defect of this kind of asceticism is that, besides being prone to error in the acts it performs and the means it adopts, its motive is imperfect, or bad.
That this asceticism is not only attainable but attained by laymen serves to bring out the truth which is sometimes lost sight of, viz., that the practice of perfection is not restricted to the religious state.
www.mb-soft.com /believe/txn/ascetic.htm   (5378 words)

 Asceticism / Otherworldliness   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asceticism is a natural empowering process of life.
The ascetic's means of rebellion have been undermined; for to heed his natural impulses, would be to resist his religion.
As asceticism is useful to the empowerment of religion, religion is stimulus for humanity.
www.wpunj.edu /cohss/philosophy/COURSES/NIETNET/ASCETIC.HTM   (565 words)

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Through the study of the ascetic figure, all these other phenomena fall into their proper perspective as aspects of a much broader historical reality and faces, so to speak, of one type of historical individual.
Not all readers will be persuaded that asceticism is indeed the "key" to the second century, and many will find that F. neither provides an adequate definition of ascetic practice nor succeeds in demonstrating the relevance of asceticism to all of the historical figures he discusses.
By the end, Philostratus has refashioned a notorious ascetic into "the defender of traditional norms and values, a model whereby the appeal of the ascetic and the power of his charismatic authority could be allied to the status quo" (p.
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 Flood, Gavin: The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition - Book Reviews - House of Solitude - Hermitary
The ascetic sees life as a flow of the body towards death, and attempts to reverse this flow of body and time, not to deny it but to, in effect, buy time to understand it, discipline it, and transform and transcend the meaning of this flow.
Ritual, for the ascetic self, is the subjective appropriation of traditions in the enactment or reenactment of cultural memory.
Flood concludes that the legitimacy of the ascetic self is based on scriptural tradition distinct from the claim to truth of the respective scripture or religion.
www.hermitary.com /bookreviews/flood.html   (3253 words)

 Catholic World News (CWN)
Ascetical discipline was practiced better in the first half of the twentieth century when the purpose of religion was embraced and misconduct by priests was rare.
Nevertheless, driving the development of the ascetical tradition was a religious culture of hope and love-- hope that one can genuinely train his or her spiritually destructive passions, and the expectation that the meek and merciful would achieve a love of Jesus Christ.
Other kinds of asceticism: attending so many parish meetings; alone in the parish house, and ministering in many ways to parishioners; keeping in contact with brother priests for support and prayer; needing to be all things to all people, especially with so few priests; men of deep prayer and commitment to the Church.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=50434   (4115 words)

Asceticism is the systematic discipline of body, mind or spirit.
Religion in action is ascetic inasmuch as it is organized, disciplined and oriented toward a goal or toward following a traditional "Way." All asceticism is not considered to be religious, though Nietzsche's "third essay" of the Genealogy of Morals argues that it is essentially and practically identical to religion.
This asceticism of denial and sacrifice is closely connected with, and probably blurred with the next...
home.minneapolis.edu /~witwerda/religions/Notes/asceticism.htm   (2455 words)

Oriental myths said the first creator-gods acquire their ability to produce living things by "practicing fierce asceticism for ten thousand years." Although men were never able to acquire the female ability to give birth, they have claimed the abilities to fly, walk on water, heal the lame and blind, and perform other miracles.
Asceticism in its broadest sense is man's practice of renunciation of his physical self and world in order to attain a higher ideal or spiritual good; in summary, it's the renunciation of the physical, which has been deemed of lesser worth, for the spiritual.
ascetic of the other-worldly spirit that proclaims itself superior to the whole natural world, or than the mysticism that renounces the self only to commune with God himself." True humility is the desire to unite with and be within the whole of things but not above it.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/a/asceticism.html   (1096 words)

 almanac | new middle ages
The ascetics (zuhhad, nussak) of the eighth century AD are widely regarded as forebears to the Sufis of the later ninth century and after.
However, the term "Sufi" did not appear until the later eighth century, and few of the ascetics whom later Sufi writers regarded as their forebears were expressly called "Sufis" in their lifetimes.
Tawakkul ("dependence [on God]") came to be practiced with such recklessness as for ascetics to set off on journeys across the desert without carrying food or water, expecting to be sustained accidentally; that is, by divine provision alone.
novusmedioaevo.blogspot.com /2005/08/islamic-asceticism.html   (808 words)

 Generous Giving : Asceticism (Poverty Theology)
The basic idea of asceticism is that wealth is wrong and poverty right; in many cases, it also includes the idea that voluntary poverty is a special class of moral excellence.
Asceticism is a lifestyle philosophy characterized by the denial of the flesh, especially in the form of basic material pleasures (e.g., food, shelter, possessions).
He advocates classical asceticism as a means by which Christians can break the hold of consumerism on their lives.
www.generousgiving.org /page.asp?sec=28&page=447   (578 words)

The most acute asceticism is the self-mortification of some Hindu fakirs and Islamic dervishes; the Buddhists and Persian Sufis emphasized the uprooting of worldly thoughts by meditation.
The reasons for asceticism vary: some Christian asceticism has been in order to share some of the sufferings of Christ; frequently it is undertaken in order to discipline the body and thereby learn to ignore bodily demands when meditating.
Some Chinese ascetic practices in the past were part of a quest for physical immortality.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0000225.html   (348 words)

asceticism is that, besides being prone to error in the
asceticism is not only attainable but attained by laymen serves to bring out the truth which is sometimes lost sight of,
asceticism is that it is synonymous with idleness.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01767c.htm   (4141 words)

 Toward a New Asceticism
The rationale for ascetic practice based on this model assumes the permanent and intimate connection of soul and body so that when the state of the body is altered by ascetic practice, the soul is affected -- opened or made vulnerable.
Any of these ascetic practices might at some time be highly effective and valuable for locating and treating the habituation and addiction that result finally in a dullness of body and mind.
Asceticism is an effective tool for weaving into one’s daily existence the life of Jesus Christ, which is given not only to souls but to embodied human beings.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=1708   (1392 words)

 SparkNotes: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Chapter 5 - Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism
This is because labor is an acceptable ascetic technique in the Western tradition, and because labor came to be seen as an end in itself, ordained as such by God.
First, one would have to explore the impact of ascetic rationalism on other areas of life, and its historical development would have to be more rigorously traced.
These ascetic Protestants were looking for signs of their own salvation, and their concept of the calling made them look for those signs in worldly achievements.
www.sparknotes.com /philosophy/protestantethic/section7.rhtml   (1205 words)

 Asceticism (Forerunner Commentary) :: Bible Tools
Forms of gnosticism, asceticism, and sophistry were popular in the city.
Asceticism taught a person to lead a life of contemplation and rigorous self-denial and abstinence.
Thus the ascetic Gnostics who grieved the Christians in Colossae held to manmade regulations of "do not touch, do not taste, do not handle" (Colossians 2:20-21), while rejecting the command to "rejoice" with food and drink during the God-ordained festivals.
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 Contraception Under Cover of Asceticism
However, under the "ascetic's" garb, flashes a devil's tail: for, in fact, this is a question of an "asceticism" which flies in the face of the most elementary principle of true Catholic asceticism, a false austerity taking no account whatsoever of the Magisterium of the Church and which is unmistakably oriented towards...contraception!
With this pseudo "asceticism" of "natural methods" of birth control, we are facing the full-fledged error of "personalism," an error which, contradicting the traditional doctrine of the Church, places the primary end of marriage in the personal satisfaction and development in the couple's mutual love.
Asceticism is not an end in itself, it is but a means: its goal is to dispose the faithful to respect and carry out God's will, even when this costs a personal effort or sacrifice.
www.sspxasia.com /Documents/SiSiNoNo/1998_July/Contraception.htm   (3253 words)

 Subaltern Sadhus? - William Pinch   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Having juxtaposed idealizations of the military ascetic in north Indian historical consciousness to caricatures of the political ascetic in late medieval poetry, it is appropriate to measure both against the actual, historical military ascetic from 1500 onward.
The success of Saiva ascetic arms depended on an effectiveness as mercenaries -- naga sadhus and the gosains that led them in the eighteenth century had to be willing to serve with one another regardless of caste and status, and to serve states regardless of the religious foibles of the monarch and his allies.
His ambiguous asceticism was a tool he deployed to full advantage; whenever he was between a rock and a hard place, he would offer to abandon all his wealth and weapons and retire to his "home" near Kanpur on the Ganges and engage in prayer and meditation.
www.virginia.edu /~soasia/symsem/kisan/papers/sadhus.html   (13211 words)

 Touchstone Archives: Between Heaven & Earth
But asceticism did once have a positive meaning in the Christian tradition, and I should like to contribute to the word’s rehabilitation by considering the place of asceticism in what C. Lewis called mere Christianity, for it is my thesis that the merest of Christians must be ascetic.
The ascetical life may have been perfected in the sands of the monastic desert, but it is born in the waters of the baptismal font, and a Christian without asceticism is like a pancake without flour.
Asceticism is the silencing of the tumult of the flesh.
www.touchstonemag.com /archives/article.php?id=17-03-030-f   (4527 words)

 Journal of Religion and Society
While such a description liberates asceticism from the narrowly defined praxis and motivations of desert monasticism in the fourth and fifth centuries (a paradigm that seems to dominate much Christian interpretation of the phenomenon), it nevertheless is so broad and abstract that it allows for a host of new categories.
Its goal after all, is not to identify examples of asceticism as it has been traditionally defined, but to use the theme of asceticism as a new lens for the reading and interpretation of the canonical texts.
If, however, asceticism is "performance intended to inaugurate a new subjectivity and different social relations" then the world-view and behavior encouraged by the Deutero-Pauline letters can be dubbed "ascetic," despite their rejection of overt displays of renunciation.
moses.creighton.edu /JRS/2000/2000-r11.html   (778 words)

 Asceticism as an Ancient Authority: Research Notes
Asceticism (from askesis; Greek, "exercise" or "training") the use of the renunciation of physical pleasures or other forms of bodily self-denial as a means of spiritual development.
Asceticism serves as a means of eliminating all attachments: the robe of the renouncer resembles a burial shroud and thus serves as a symbol of death to the world.
Asceticism or ascetic practices belong to the domain of religious culture, and fasts, pilgrimages, ablutions, purificatory rituals, vigils, abstinence from certain foods and drinks, primitive and strange dress, nudity, uncut hair, tonsure.
www.mountainman.com.au /essenes/ascetic_practice.htm   (9336 words)

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