The good death sallekhana translated as hollowing out thinning out starve

The good death sallekhana translated as hollowing out

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The good death : * sallekhana (translated as hollowing out/ thinning out)- starve themselves - The individual decides once and for all to permanently sever connection between soul and body - They understand the body as a tool to engage in religious quest but it becomes and impediment (pain, sickness) makes it a useless tool and it should be discarded - Because attachment to the body and world creates karma - All karma is bad because it still keeps you from fully being liberated - Needs to be voluntary and involves gradually taking in less and less nourishment and allowing body to starve to death - Want to say certain prayer as they die and its very important in this religious (bowing) - Tried to ban the practice as they said its suicide in contemporary times - On preinciple of religious freedom the ban was overturned Description of process and logic of Sallekhana (describes the way non- recunciates should behave) – also for householder who believed if they had the proper teacher to guide them through he process The most excellent men describe the giving up of the body on the arrival of unavoidable calamity, distress, senescence and disease, with a view to increase of spiritual merit, as sallekhana . … To be able to control one’s conduct at the moment of death is the fruit (culmination) of asceticism: all systems are at one as to this. Therefore, one should apply oneself to attain sallekhana death to the extent of one’s power. (...) Giving up love, hatred, attachment and possessions, with a pure mind, one should obtain, with sweet speech, forgiveness from one’s kinsmen and attendants, and should also forgive them oneself. Renouncing duplicity and reflecting on the sins committed in any of the three ways, krita , karita, anumata , one should take all the great vows of asceticism for the rest of one’s days. - Refers to 3 different ways of causing harm (they all will cause the soul to take on karmic weight)
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Banishing grief, fear, anguish, attachment, wickedness and hatred, and bringing into manifestation energy and enthusiasm, one should extinguish the fire of passions with the nectar of the Word of God [i.e., Scripture]. - Refers to teachings of janism Giving up solid food by degrees, one should take to milk and whey, then giving them up, to hot or spiced water. [Subsequently] giving up hot water also and observing fasting with full determination, he should give up his body, trying in every possible way to keep in mind the five- fold obeisance mantra . - Specific procedure Entertaining a desire to live, wishing for [speedy] death, displaying fear, desiring to see or be remembered to friends, looking forward to future sense-enjoyment [in the life to come] - these have been described as the transgressions of sallekhana - Stressing the importance of leaving behind the earthly attachments - Want to leave behind attitudes - Need to have the correct attitudes of the process or more karma will be created He who has quaffed the nectar of dharma [such as an observer of the sallekhana vow] becomes
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Karma

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