The Practical Way Of Knowing Brahma By Harold Coward Essay

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Asceticism is very important dimension of the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist religions. Asceticism indicates a religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience. Asceticism is the practice of self-denial in an attempt to draw closer to God. It may include such controls as fasting, wearing simple or uncomfortable clothing, sleep deprivation, and in extreme forms, and self-mutilation. The act of denying yourself and controlling your impulses. Each of these three religions have there own beliefs and there own way to practice asceticism.
In the book "Reading in eastern religions" by Harold Coward, there is a lot of information on asceticism in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions. In Hindu religion, there are a few terms of asceticism "Sadhu". Sadhus are the ones who do all the dangerous self-sacrifice. One of the passages in this book called "The practical way of knowing Brahma" by Renunciation, about how Kahola Kaushitakeya is questioning himself about Yajnavalkya. This paragraph "He who passes beyond hunger and thirst, beyond sorrow and delusion, beyond old age and death. Brahman who know such a Soul overcome desire for sons, desire for wealth, desire for wealth is desire for worlds, for. Oh these are merely desires" (Coward 23). In a way, this paragraph shows a part of Hindus asceticism of how they can be in hunger and thirst for desire to get what they want. Also when I grew up in India, I have seen…

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