Facts about Fasting

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Health
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Hey guys,

I am sharing a few things about FASTING that most of the people consider to be otiose. A myth always makes a stance that fasting will bring down the health. But it is not the truth. Most devout Indian take fasting regularly or during special occasions like festivals In Sanskrit we call as upavaasa. Upa means “near” and vaasa means “to stay”. That is attaining mental proximity with god. We spend lot of energy in cooking, eating and digesting food. Certain types of food makes our body dull and agitated. Hence on certain days man saves his energy by eating less food.

Also every system needs a break and an overhaul to work at its best. Rest and a change of diet during fasting is very good for the digestive system and the entire body. Fasting helps in making control over the senses and guides our mind to be in peace. Fasting should not make us weak, irritable or create an urge to indulge later. This happens when there is no noble goal behind fasting.Bhagavath Gita urges us to eat properly- “neither too less nor too much”. In sanskrit “yuktha-aahaara” a simple, pure and healthy food even when no fasting. A very famous quote in markandeya puranam

“EKA BHUKTENA NAKTENA BALA VRDDHA ATURAH KSIPET
PAYO MULA PHALAIR VAPI NA NIRDVAD ASIKO BHAVET “

The meaning for above sloka is : A child, an old man or a person unable to fast can take something to eat in the evening or once in the day (earliest in the afternoon not in the morning), whether it be milk, fruit or water, but should properly follow the Ekadasi fast. One should not give up fasting on Ekadasi.

Now people are changed a lot..Our environment changed..we are getting affected by diseases frequently..Life span is decreasing..So health is a prime factor. Those who are weak and take only less food please avoid fasting. But if you are hale and healthy and much devoted to god go for it in a regular interval..Ekadasi is the best day for fasting..or else you choose accordingly..You can take water, milk, and fruit once in a day..Abstaining everything for a whole day is a pretty difficult thing..I am saying in my experience, it is possible to live a full day devoted to god without talking anything except water. But you need a practice. People you have acidity and other health related problems don’t go for it..Forget this blog.If you have any comments do post..

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