I have mentioned to close friends, over the years, I’m working on immortality. There are certain vitamins, minerals, lifestyle, etc., that creates a way of life in 3D 3rd dimension. I am far from privileged. I have a job, I pay my taxes, and everything that is expected from a productive person in society. However, my true hearts calling is – working on immortality. To some it may make more sense, with the definition – Asceticism.
Asceticism describes a life characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures. Those who practice ascetic lifestyles often perceive their practices as virtuous and pursue them to achieve greater spirituality. Many ascetics believe the action of purifying the body helps to purify the soul, and thus obtain a greater connection with the Divine or find inner peace. This may take the form of rituals, the renunciation of pleasure, or self-mortification. However, ascetics maintain that self-imposed constraints bring them greater freedom in various areas of their lives, such as increased clarity of thought and the ability to resist potentially destructive temptations.
The term “ascetic” derives from the ancient Greek word askēsis (practice, training, or exercise), which refers the regimen many Greek warriors and athletes followed to attain optimal bodily fitness and grace.
Historically, there have been two main categories of asceticism: “Otherworldly” asceticism is practiced by people, including monks, yogis and hermits, who withdraw from the world in order to live an ascetic life; famous examples include Lao Zi, Gautama Buddha, and Francis of Assisi. Such men forsook their families, possessions, and homes to live an ascetic life, and according to their followers, achieved spiritual enlightenment. “Worldly” asceticism refers to those who live ascetic lives but don’t withdraw from the world; for example Mahatma Gandhi and many Roman Catholic priests have made asceticism the personal foundation for their work in society.