Fasting is one of the important spiritual practices in Indian lifestyle. It is called ‘Nirjara’ meaning freedom from the effects of old deeds (Karmas) in Lord Mahavir’s way of spiritual practices. Fasting is as important as eating.
One should have full knowledge of diet i.e. what to eat, when to eat, how to eat and how much to eat.
Diet and fasting
Our physical as well as emotional health is affected by fasting. All our lower glands adrinal,gonads get stimulated when we eat normally. During fasting these glands get relaxed. An army that does not get food cannot move ahead. Similarly, our glands will not be active while fasting is done.
Spiritual basis of fasting
Fasting improves our tolerance power and increases determination. It reduces the stimulation of lower glands which results in reducing impulses, urges and sexual emotions.
Right way of fasting
First day take light meal, second day fasting should be done and third day again light meal should be taken. Following this routine will give the maximum benefit of fasting. In general, people start spiritual practice from yoga but Lord Mahavir started with fasting. If one can control hunger, other controls are easier.
Fasting – A Natural cure
Everyone knows that many diseases are caused due to overeating. One should fill half the stomach with food and one quarter with water. Last quarter should be left for the gas produced as a result of digestion. Fasting is a great medicine. Many diseases like asthma, hypertension, piles, axima, diabetes have been cured by fasting. Fasting is a good cure for diptheria, indigestion and other related diseases. Fasting delays aging. Immune system becomes stronger by fasting.The risk of cancer is reduced by fasting.
Duration of fasting
It can be done from 2-3 days to 2 months. Long duration fasting does not cause any harm if done properly.
Limitations of fasting
- It does not help in the following cases
- T.B. patients at second or third stage of disease
- Diabetic patients at the last stage
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
Fasting of longer duration is like a shock treatment. So it should be done under the guidance of an experienced person.