Science behind religious practices_4

Why fasting is done during some festivals and some other specific days like Ekadshi (Ekadashi occurs on the eleventh day after the full moon and the eleventh day after the new moon)?


Fasting in Sanskrit is called Upavaasa. Upa means “near” + vaasa means “to stay”. Upavaasa therefore means staying near (the Lord), meaning the attainment of close mental proximity with the Lord.

A lot of our time and energy is spent in procuring food items, preparing, cooking, eating and digesting food. Certain food types make our minds dull and agitated. Hence on certain days Vedas recommend man to save time and conserve his energy by eating either simple, light food or totally abstaining from eating so that his mind becomes alert and pure.

Basic cause of many diseases is due to the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. Fasting allows our body to get rid of these toxins more efficiently and it also helps rest your digestive system. Regular cleansing of toxic materials keeps one healthy. By fasting, the digestive organs get rest and all body mechanisms are cleansed and corrected. Since the human body, as explained by Ayurveda, is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid, like the earth, the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. It causes emotional imbalances in the body, making some people tense, irritable and violent. Fasting acts as antidote, for it lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity.

Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is a great penance. It purifies the mind and the heart. It destroys a multitude of sins. Fasting controls the tongue in particular which is the deadliest enemy of man. Fasting overhauls the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems. It destroys all the impurities of the body and all sorts of poisons. It eliminates uric acid deposits.

Fasting resets the body’s metabolism to a slower rate. It allows the body to re-set it’s metabolic clock.

and many more reasons…

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