It is widely accepted in India that fasting is good for one’s physical and spiritual health. Medical research has also found a great deal of evidence to support this view.

Hindus normally fast one day every week besides keeping fasts on various other religiously significant days. That Muslim fast during the month of Ramzan is too well known for any special mention.

Christians and Jews too are expected to fast as the link for Ramzan shows and as Roman Catholics in India do during Lent every year. Non RC Christians may be keeping too, but I do not know of any.

I have never voluntarily kept a fast. I do not know whether I will be able to.

Having read this interesting article however, I am contemplating keeping fast for one day a week to see what happens. I shall consult some experienced fast keepers and decide during the course of this coming week.

Writing this post reminded me of another post that I had written some months ago and I went back to it. I am now quite determined to try the experiment.

21 thoughts on “Fasting.”

  1. In my religion we fast one day a month. We begin our fast after dinner on Saturday night, and then do not eat or drink anything until dinner time on Sunday night. Exceptions are made for those who are ill, such as diabetics. Also we do take any medication that is needed. For us, it is a time for our body to be obedient to our mind and will. It is a time for us to focus on spiritual things. The mere act of denying our bodies food gives our soul discipline, and power over our physical body.

    Not long ago I told my doctor that I fast once a month. His reply was, “Hmm, that could actually be good for you.” So I do think there are physical benefits, but for me the practice is totally spiritual. I spend time praying, and focusing on seeking inspiration from God.
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  2. sorry to be a “repeat commentor”, but I also should mention that we take the money we would have spent on food for those meals we miss, and give that to the Bishop to be used for those who are in need.
    Delirious recently posted..Our Church in China

  3. I’ve never fasted, I would get painfully ravenous very quickly. I did once try the brown rice diet but after three days I felt so weak I had to go back to proper eating.
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    1. I can understand. I think that it will be difficult for me too to start with but I tell myself that if millions of people can do it why can’t I?

  4. Hi Rummy,

    Evangelical Christians, in Brazil and Europe, fast whenever they are engaging in a special campaign (for some sort of a petition).
    The Jewish fasts are complex (because you have the minor and the major ones and one of them is done only by male firstborns), but suffice it to say that there are in total 7 per year.

    Fasting good for the brain? I know that it is excellent in the treatment of epilepsy (we had a case in my family which was successful).

    I loved the “A Bit of Maharashtra” – beautiful tradition. I had already read about the ritual of gazing at the moon through a sieve – it is beautiful when couples engage in rituals together for it brings them closer, I think.

    Have a good experiment, Rummy :D.

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