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“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:3
In your readings you may have picked up on the aspect of Christian asceticism. See, for example the reading on St. Francis and Clare of Assisi , in which much is made of vows of complete poverty – a seeming complete denial of material gratification in order to reach a true relationship with God.
1. What is your reaction to this aspect of Christianity, which actually seems to reflect the ancient Hindu mystics who went into the forest or into a cave and practiced extreme denial of material gratification in an endeavor to transcend this world? … In fact, The Buddha went through this ascetic process too, but ultimately rejected it (and yet in many ways offered his own less extreme version). Support your argument with examples if possible. Please answer this (above) part before going on to the next section.
2. Now re-read the verses on page 336 of Zagano (St John of the Cross-DOCUMENT ATTACHED), and then listen to the following video(link is attached below- see meister eckhart document) on Meister Eckhart, a famous Christian mystic.
after you reaad the document and watch the short video-
Does this change your perspective on this aspect of Christian mysticism?