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upavāsa


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asceticism

vrata

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Mahatma Gandhi (1869—1948) political leader and religious and social reformer

 

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A common expression of religious commitment, undertaken as part of an ascetic regime, in fulfilment of particular vow (vrata), or simply in conformity to a specified calendrical fast day. In scope a fast may range from complete abstinence from all food and water, to avoidance of specified food stuffs, to reduced consumption for a particular period. The term may also be used in an inclusive sense to cover abstinence from all forms of sensual gratification. Gāndhī's use of fasting to exert moral pressure on his political opponents was an often effective, and certainly widely publicized, tactic.

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