What do you guys think of this practice? I think its a bit backwards to think that by denying what you want you will reach new higher levels of spirituality and morality but I do think I understand the logic behind it. No doubt there were some great ascetics but I wonder how much differently their lives would have been had they not shunned what they loved. How much more could you learn from yourself if you spent the rest of your life by yourself? Then theres the whole common practice of self mortification by ascetics (Lol, Silas in The DaVinci Code much?)... meh. I'm no big fan of material gains and I'm naturally in a bit of self-denial but I wonder why this practice pisses me off... Maybe its the air that whatever feels good will hold you back.