To a question on why the couple, who are in their early 30s, chose to become ascetics
, he said that "One cannot define when the feeling to renounce the world will manifest in an individual.
In another example that shows some differences in Bunchi's and Isshi's ascetic
practices, Cogan points to Bunchi's decision to build a platform for the bodhisattva precepts, not the Vinaya precepts, which are at the center of Isshi's monastic practice (222).
Colonial representations in literature, history, anthropology, and missionary writings, among others, collectively produced and circulated the "truth" about Hindu asceticism as a world-renouncing doctrine, while colonial legislations punished those ascetics
who did not meet this criterion of detachment from the sociopolitical realm.
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).
Sizgorich's fascinating argument would have been even more engaging had he contextualized it within the range of roles ascetics
played in the late antique world.
Those who first retreated into the Egyptian desert to live the ascetic
life were also withdrawing from ecclesiastical structures and practices, including the regular celebration of the Eucharist, so how can we speak, apart from metaphorically, of 'the Eucharist being central to the discussion of the ascetic
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.
Parody though this name is, it aptly captures a moral stance shared by ascetics
in Michael Cassutt's "Perpetual Light," Stephen R.
Their image of a spiritual lifestyle conjures up gaunt, denial-driven ascetics
out of touch with the real world.
The householder Naths preserve an identity as yogis and lay claim to the traditions and lore of legendary Nath ascetics
, but in fact exist as an hereditary caste.