Glossary

Ascetic
Type of termDefinition
TermAscetic
Alternative TermsAscetics, ascetic, ascetics, Mendicants, Mendicant, mendicants, mendicant
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Someone who withdraws from ordinary life to meditate and practise physical hardships in order to advance spiritually. Jain ascetics or mendicants beg for food from devout lay followers and wander the land.

Also used as an adjective to describe the practice of rigorous, even extreme, physical hardships in the belief that it leads to a higher spiritual condition.

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