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Asceticism

spiritual self means

Asceticism, self-denial or self-mortification in the interest of heightening spiritual powers. The term was first used by the ancient Greeks to describe the discipline of athletic training, but was later applied by Stoicists to the conquest of the body and its desires as a means to spiritual awareness The practice is an essential means of escape from matter in Hindu and Buddhist belief

See also: Stoicism.

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