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We're getting our very own saint by kazzzz on 21 December 2009 12:56am
 
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/985872/mackillop-to-be-australias-first-saint

I'm not religious at all but hey..interesting anyway. There's a bunch of very happy Catholics gettin' around here at the moment.
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by mrsteabag on 21 December 2009 2:23am
 
Very cool!
There's a book out about saints who behaved in very unsaintly ways (i.e.one who wandered about the desert in the nude). Silly me forgot to write down the title.
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by Spursfan on 21 December 2009 9:59am
 
Well, when we were in India and Nepal in 2001 I became really fascinated by Jainism. Not to take it up, you understand but it just seemed so different and quite a nice religion. We visited several temples (as we did Buddhist and Hindu - I was a bit 'templed-out' by the end of the month!).

They believe in peace and not killing ANY living thing - in fact they even wear masks to prevent breathing in, and therefore probably killing, organisms. (I went to swat a fly in a temple and just stopped myself in time - wouldn't have been right, would it!) They do not eat veggies as they believe they could kill insects on them accidentally and also because plants, as well as animals and humans, contain souls.

In Jainism there are two sects; the Digambara (meaning sky clad) sect and the Svetambara (meaning white clad) sect.

ANYWAY, my reason for boring you all with this is that Digambara monks live COMPLETELY NAKED. This is because Digambaras believe that you can only lead the life of a true monk by having no worldly possessions and by demonstrating indifference to earthly emotions such as shame. So they wander about, doing their normal day-to-day tasks without a stitch on.

We spent some time with sadus (and were blessed with ash from the 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela (special pilgramage held every few years) by them) and also were blessed by a Buddhist monk, but I am fairly pleased to say we didn't encounter any Digambara monks!!

:)
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by sighthound on 21 December 2009 7:21pm
 
Uh, they don't kill animals and they don't eat veggies.... What do they do to keep from starving to death?
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by TERRY S on 21 December 2009 7:29pm
 
Congratulations.
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by Spursfan on 21 December 2009 10:15pm
 
From memory I THINK they can eat plants from the surface, i.e. not root veggies or that sort of thing, but leaves would be ok because you are not actually killing the plant.

I think that's how it works.
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by ev on 22 December 2009 1:08pm
 
yeah. Things like nuts and fruits are fine. Although I've heard of some extreme followers who won't even pick the fruit from the tree.. rather only eat fruit that has fallen already..
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by kazzzz on 22 December 2009 1:13pm
 
Might as well renounce the 21st century and go live in a cave as well!
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by johnnythemonkey on 22 December 2009 1:15pm
 
Can I join you ? Ours would be the nicest cave on the block. :)
 
Re: We're getting our very own saint by kazzzz on 22 December 2009 1:48pm
 
Well only if it's purple...
 
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