“Brâhmanas (priests) seek to know him by the study of the Veda, by sacrifice, by gifts, by penance, by fasting, and he who knows him, becomes a Muni. (Sage/Yogi)
The Upanishads, Part 2 verse 22
Tips for Fasting
- Listen to your body when you do religious fasting
- If you have an illness, consider a juice and fruit fast
- Religious fasting just from sunrise to sunset can be powerful enough to effect a change in situation
- Plan for once a week to do religious fasting, or a minimum of twice a month
- Eating a healthy diet all the time makes fasting much easier
What can Religious Fasting Do?
A Road to the Self
Many of the Hindu sects encourage religious fasting, and of the suggested days end up being about twice per month.
There can be great resistance to fasting in general. However, it is probably one of the best things you can do for your health.
For example, the Vaishnav sect strongly encourages fasting for Ekadashi (which is eleven days before and after the new moon). And the Saivaism sects encourage fasting for Pradosham, which is usually a few days plus or minus the Ekadashi, but can be the same day also.
Amma clearly tells all people to fast one time per week. I wonder actually how many people actually do that, but that is another story.
However, there is a major spiritual element to fasting which goes far beyond the idea of the body.
In the older versions of the Bible there was a verse that instructed followers to fast to overcome all the powers of the enemy.
Of course, if you are Hindu then the enemy they are mostly referring to is the mind and its creations which may also include demons.
Religious fasting can directly purify the negative energies, thoughts, patterns, as well as sickness in our bodies that we have been carrying our entire lives and even past lives.
When we fast, we open a portal to the deepest levels of consciousness to clean and purify. The deepest roots and patterns have a chance to come out of the blood, cells, and DNA.
When you fast you have an easier chance to experience the nature of the Self. One reason is because you are consciously foregoing your senses.
The best way to get in touch with the Divine is through fasting. If you have a problem or situation which you need help with, fasting is a fabulous method to get help. Make a clear intention at the start of the fast, and stay strong to it. Be patient until you find a shift happens or you get your answer or solution from your inner guidance.
Religious fasting gives you a great chance to go deeper inside and helps to overcome lower energies because it increases your frequency and vibration, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.
“Prayer for the Day: Please give me the strength and will power to fast especially when I do not feel like it.