Ascetic Origins

  title={Ascetic Origins},
  author={G. S. Ghurye},
  journal={Sociological Bulletin},
  pages={162 - 184}
  • G. S. Ghurye
  • Published 1 September 1952
  • Psychology
  • Sociological Bulletin
ASCETICISM and monastic organisation are two of the unique contri butions which Indian civilization has made to the theory and practice of individual conduct and social organisation. Asceticism is a complex of a number of traits whose main content lies in some kind of bodily mortification, and mental and physical withdrawal. Its essence lies in passivity as opposed to activity, in renunciation of worldly life as contrasted with absorption in it. This characterization of asceticism as an… 

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