What are the benefits of fasting?

India
September 3, 2008 5:32am CST
Fasting is considered an exercise in self-discipline. The purpose of fasting is not is not simply abstaining from eating and drinking but desisting from indulging in prohibitted and immoral acts.In the days of Christ,fasting was regarded as a special mark of devotional spirit.All religiuous community recognise fasting as an act of self-restraint and a means to refine one's mind and soul.It is instrumental in alleviating a number of physical ailments and key to good health. Have you ever observed fasting? Pl share your view points and experiences.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Sep 08
the only time i fast is when i have to go for tests at my doctor's.
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• India
3 Sep 08
Thanks for responding.Have a nice day!!
• Indonesia
3 Sep 08
yes, you are right. the original word of fasting is upavas, means 'remaining near to the supreme consciousness ('god'). those who fast liberate much extra energy from the body since little of their energy is being used for digestion during this time. this energy should be properly channeled and not wasted. in that condition, the mind is extremely clear, which is the best condition to do our mental (and spiritual) activities. fasting is also one of the most ancient cures of nature. you know, every animal instinctively fasts when it is sick. but we human beings have strayed so far from nature that often instead of obeying our instinctive lack of appetite when we are sick, and fasting to purify the body, we stuff it with more and more food, 'to build up our strength.'
• India
3 Sep 08
Many thanks for nicely responding.I absolutely agree with your scientific and spiritual intrepretation of the discipline of fasting.Have a nice day!!
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@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
3 Sep 08
hi narayan2006. you are absolutely right!! see the coincidence the holy ramzaan has started yesterday, and today the ganesh chaturhi, huge celebration all over maharashtra and other places. the season for the festivals are on !!
• India
3 Sep 08
Many thanks for responding and sharing your views. This is indeed an unique coincidence,perhaps revealing greater closeness and harmony in the society. Have a nice day!!
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@neeens (62)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Ditto. But it's also a chance to focus on God, our creator. We're giving up something for Him. Say, if we gave up food... everytime we were hungry we would be focused on God and reminding ourselves that we're doing this for Him. When we fast, it's also a way to remind ourselves to pray for someone/something/etc. I, personally, don't fast food in general because I have a tendency to get really sick easily and very weak without it (since I'm so tiny) but when it does come time to that.. people at my church and I would fast things that take up so much of our time away from God and that we enjoy so much.. such as facebook, internet, aim, tv, candy, etc.
• India
11 Sep 08
Many thanks for giving a meaningful and befitting response.I do absolutely agree with you and appreciate your personal attitude and way at perceiving fasting as a devotional offer to God. Have a nice day!!