Thursday, May 20, 2010
About Show Off Ascets
Its my 23rd day of fasting (now I am eating 200 gr boiled fish every two days). Ascetism is forbidden in contemporary Judaism, yet in the past it was widespread, so much that Isaias and Jesus predicated against the practice of doing it in public. Apparently, the Jews desisted from exhibitionist fasting, but the practice persisted among Christians.
Simeon Stylites was a Christian ascetic who did a profession of fasting in public. The wiki tells us that he started with a severe regimen of fasting for Great Lent. Later, to get away from the ever increasing number of people who came to see him, he moved to the top of a pillar. This first pillar was little more than four meters high, but his last was over 15 meters from the ground.
Simeon's fame spread throughout the Empire. The Emperor Theodosius and his wife Eudocia greatly respected the saint and listened to his counsels, while the Emperor Leo paid respectful attention to a letter he sent in favour of the Council of Chalcedon.
The pic shows Saint Simeon on his pillar, Christ in the mandonla above and the serpent with its temptations below. Anyone knows about a suitable pillar with internet access in Kever Benjamin city?