Fasting

Fasting is the willing abstinence, or drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is usually defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually 24 hours, or a number of days. Water fasting refers to abstinence from all food and drink except water, but black coffee and tea may be consumed. Other fasts may be partially restrictive, limiting only foods or substances, or be intermittent. In a physiological context, the metabolic state of the metabolic system is described in the following table, or in the metabolic state after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting. Some diagnostic tests are used to determine a fasting state. For example, a person is assumed to be fasting 8-12 hours ago. Metabolic changes of the fasting state after absorption of a meal (typically 3-5 hours after eating). A rapid diagnosis of prolonged fasting (from 8-72 hours, depending on age), usually hypoglycemia. Many people may also have a medical procedure or a check-up, such as preceding colonoscopy or surgery. Fasting may also be part of a religious ritual. usually hypoglycemia. Many people may also have a medical procedure or a check-up, such as preceding colonoscopy or surgery. Fasting may also be part of a religious ritual. usually hypoglycemia. Many people may also have a medical procedure or a check-up, such as preceding colonoscopy or surgery. Fasting may also be part of a religious ritual.

General anesthesia because of the risk of pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents after induction of anesthesia (ie, vomiting and inhaling the vomit, causing life-threatening aspiration pneumonia). Additional, certain medical tests, such as cholesterol testing (lipid panel) or certain blood glucose measurements require fasting for several hours so that baseline can be established. In the case of a lipid panel, failure to fast for a full 12 hours (including vitamins) will guarantee an elevated triglyceride measurement.

Fasting or intermittent calorie restriction may affect cancer and tumor development, but is not currently used as a form of treating cancer. In 2011, the American Cancer Society recommended that people undergoing chemotherapy increase their intake of protein and calories, but provided evidence that a short-term period of fasting may have benefits during chemotherapy. Chronic fasting is not recommended for people with cancer at risk or a suppressed immune system.

Fasting can help alleviate some symptoms of depression. However, the psychological effects may also include anxiety and depression.

Although fasting for longer periods of time, it has been shown to be effective for weight loss and to maintain the body weight, some researchers argue that using fasting is unnecessary.

It has been argued that it is better than food. In rare occurrences, fasting can lead to refeeding syndrome.

Fasting is often used as a tool to make a political statement, to protest, or to bring awareness to a cause. A hunger strike is a method of nonviolent resistance in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke feelings of guilt, or to achieve a goal such as a policy change. A spiritual fast incorporates personal spiritual beliefs with the desire to express personal principles, sometimes in the context of a social injustice. The political and religious leader Mohandas K. Gandhi undertook several long fasts as political and social protests. Gandhi’s fasts had a significant impact on the British Raj and the Indian population. In Northern Ireland in 1981, to prison, Bobby Sands, was part of the 1981 Irish hunger strike, protesting for better rights in prison. Sands had just been elected to the British Parliament and died after 66 days of not eating. His funeral was attended by 100,000 people and the strike ended only after 9 other men died. In all, ten men survived without food for 46 to 73 days. César Chávez undertook a number of spiritual fasts, including a 25-day fast in 1968 promoting the principle of nonviolence, and a fast of ‘thanksgiving and hope’ to prepare for pre-arranged civil disobedience by farm workers. Chávez considered a spiritual fast as a “personal spiritual transformation”. Other progressive campaigns have adopted the tactic. including a 25-day fast in 1968 promoting the principle of nonviolence, and a fast of ‘thanksgiving and hope’ to prepare for pre-arranged civil disobedience by farm workers. Chávez considered a spiritual fast as a “personal spiritual transformation”. Other progressive campaigns have adopted the tactic. including a 25-day fast in 1968 promoting the principle of nonviolence, and a fast of ‘thanksgiving and hope’ to prepare for pre-arranged civil disobedience by farm workers. Chávez considered a spiritual fast as a “personal spiritual transformation”. Other progressive campaigns have adopted the tactic.

In the Bahá’í Faith, the Bahá’í month of ‘Ala’ (March 1 or 2 – March 19 or 20). Bahá’u’lláh established the guidelines in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. It is the complete abstaining from both food and drink during daylight hours (including abstaining from smoking). Consumption of prescribed medications is not restricted. Observing the fast is an individual obligation and is binding on Bahá’ís between 15 years (considered the age of maturity) and 70 years old. Exceptions to fasting include individuals younger than 15 or older than 70; those suffered illness; women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating; travelers who meet specific criteria; who whose profession involves heavy labor and who are very sick, where would be considered dangerous. For those involved in heavy labor, they are recommended to meet the criteria for simpler or smaller meals than normal. Along with obligatory prayer, it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá’í. In the first half of the 20th century, Shoghi Effendi, explains: “It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recovery, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate The spiritual forces of latent time in his soul, and their significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá’í. In the first half of the 20th century, Shoghi Effendi, explains: “It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recovery, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate The spiritual forces of latent time in his soul, and their significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá’í. In the first half of the 20th century, Shoghi Effendi, explains: “It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recovery, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate The spiritual forces of latent time in his soul, and their significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires. ” and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires. ”

Buddhist monks and nuns following the Vinaya rules do not eat every day after noon meal. This is not considered a fast but rather a disciplined regimen aiding in meditation and good health. Fasting is practiced by lay Buddhists during times of intensive meditation, such as during a retreat. During periods of fasting, they definitely allow consumption of milk. Furthermore, they also avoid eating foods and the pungent foods that are; Garlic, Welsh Onion, Garlic Chives, Asana, Leeks. The Middle Path refers to extreme extremes of indulgence on the one hand and self-mortification on the other. Prior to attaining Buddhahood, Prince Siddhartha practiced a short diet of strict austerity-following years of serenity meditation under two teachers -whose he consumed very little food. These austerities with five other ascetics did not lead to progress in meditation, liberation (moksha), or the ultimate goal of nirvana. Henceforth, Prince Siddhartha practiced moderation in which he later advocated for his disciples. However, it is not a good idea to spend the day before. The eight precepts closely resemble the ten vinay precepts for novice monks and nuns. The novice precepts are the same with an added prohibition against handling money. The Vajrayana practice of Nyung is based on the tantric practice of Chenrezig. It was said that Chenrezig appeared to an Indian who had contracted leprosy and was on the verge of death. Chenrezig taught her the method of nyung ne in which one keeps the precepts on the first day, then refrains from both food and water on the second. Although seemingly against the Middle Way, this practice is to experience the negative impact of both the human and the other sense of the world. Other self-inflicted harm is discouraged. This practice is to experience the negative impact of both and others as well as others. Other self-inflicted harm is discouraged. This practice is to experience the negative impact of both and others as well as others. Other self-inflicted harm is discouraged.

Christian denominations and is done collectively during certain seasons of the liturgical calendar, or individually as a believer feels led by the Holy Spirit. In Western Christianity, the Lutheran Churches, the Lutheran Churches, Methodist Churches, The Anglican Communion, and the Western Orthodox Churches, is one of the most important observers of Christ the Church. his temptation in the desert. While some Christians watch the Lenten fast in its entirety, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are nowadays emphasized by Western Christian denominations as the normative days of fasting within the Lenten season. In the traditional Black Fast, the observant abstains from food for the day, traditionally breaks the fast. In India and Pakistan, many Christians continue to observe the Black Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, with some fasting in this manner throughout Lent. Partial fasting within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (abstaining from meat and milk) which takes place during certain times of the year and lasts for weeks.

For Roman Catholics, fasting, taken as a technical term, is the reduction of one’s intake of food and one of the following meals. the morning and the evening), both of which should not equal the large meal. Eating solid food between meals is not permitted. Fasting is required of the faithful between the ages of 18 and 59 on specified days. Complete abstinence of meat for the day is required of those 14 and older. Partial abstinence prescribes that meat be taken only once during the course of the day. Meat is understood to be fish or cold-blooded animals. In 1966, Pope Paul VI in his apostolic constitution Paenitemini, Roman Catholic fasting requirements. It is recommended that the local economic situation, and that all Catholics voluntarily fast and abstain. In the United States, there are only two obligatory days of fast – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence: eating meat is not allowed. Pastoral teachings since 1966 have urged voluntary fasting during Lent and voluntary abstinence on the other Fridays of the year. The regulations concerning such activities do not apply when the ability to work is affected. Prior to the changes made by Pius XII and Paul VI, fasting and abstinence were more strictly regulated. Roman Catholics observes fasting or abstinence on a number of days throughout the year. In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the Eucharistic Fast, which involves taking nothing but water and getting into the body for one hour before receiving the Eucharist. The ancient practice of mass media, but it was soon after that day. Current law requires one hour of eucharistic fast, although some Roman Catholics still abide by the older rules. Colloquially, fasting, abstinence, the Eucharistic Fast, and personal sacrificial disciplines (such as abnegation of sweets for Lent or the like) are referred to as fasting. The Catholic Church has also been promoted to Black Fast, in which in addition to water, bread is consumed. Typically,

The Book of Common Prayer Prescribes Some Days of Fasting and Abstinence, “The Aftermath of the Day”, and the Fridays in the year (except Christmas, if it falls on a Friday) “: A Table of the Vigils, Fasts, and Days of Abstinence, to be Observed in the Year. In the process of revising the Book of Common Prayer in various provinces of the Anglican Communion the specification of abstinence or fast for certain days has been retained. Generally Lent and Fridays are set aside, though Fridays during Christmas and Eastertide are sometimes avoided. Often the Ember Days or Rogation Days are also specified, and the eves (vigils) of certain feasts.

For Eastern Orthodox Christians, an important spiritual discipline, found in both the Old Testament and the New, and is related to the principle of the synergy between the body (Greek: soma) and the soul (pneuma). That is to say, Orthodox Christians do not see a dichotomy between the body and the soul but rather consider them as a whole, and they believe that this happens to be the other side of the body. the soul). Saint Gregory Palamas argued that man’s body is not an enemy but a partner and collaborator with the soul. Christ, by taking a human body at the Incarnation, has made the flesh an inexhaustible source of sanctification. This same concept is also found in the much earlier homilies of Saint Macarius the Great. Fasting can take up a significant portion of the calendar year. The purpose of fasting is not to suffer, but according to Sacred Tradition to guard against gluttony and impure thoughts, deeds and words. Fasting must always be accompanied by increased prayer and almsgiving (donating to a local charity, or directly to the poor, depending on circumstances). It is considered to be safe or unnecessary. To repent of one’s sins and to reach out in love to others is part and parcel of true fasting. depending on circumstances). It is considered to be safe or unnecessary. To repent of one’s sins and to reach out in love to others is part and parcel of true fasting. depending on circumstances). It is considered to be safe or unnecessary. To repent of one’s sins and to reach out in love to others is part and parcel of true fasting.

There are four fasting seasons, which include:

Fasting during these times includes abstention from: There are two degrees of mitigation: allowance of wine and oil; and allowance of fish, wine and oil. The very young and very old, nursing mothers, the infirm, as well as those who could endanger their health somehow, are exempt from the strictest fasting rules. On weekdays of the first week of Great Slow, fasting is particularly severe, and many observes it by abstaining from all food for some period of time. According to strict observance, there are only two meals eaten, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday, both after the Presanctified Liturgy. Those who are unable to follow the strict observance can eat on Tuesday and Thursday, but they can take bread and water, or perhaps tea or fruit juice, but not a cooked meal. The same strict abstention is observed during Holy Week, except that a vegan meal is allowed on Great Thursday. On Wednesday and Friday of the first week of Great Lent the meals which are taken from xerophagy (literally, “dry eating”) ie boiled or raw vegetables, fruit, and nuts. In a number of monasteries, and in the homes of more people, xerophagy is observed on every weekday (Monday through Friday) of Great Lent, except when wine and oil are allowed. Those desiring to receive Holy communion keep a total of all food and drink from the night before (see Eucharistic discipline). The sole exception is the communion offered at the Easter Sunday midnight liturgy, when all are expressly invited and invited to receive the Eucharist,

During the course of the day, we are encouraged to accept the rules of the day, even on Wednesday and Friday. Fast-free days are as follows:

In Methodism, fasting is considered one of the Works of Piety. The Discipline of the Wesleyan Methodist Church is required after the first day of the New Year after Lady-day after Midsummer-day and after Michaelmas-day. Historically, Methodist clergy are required to fast on Wednesdays, in remembrance of the betrayal of Christ, and on Fridays, in remembrance of His crucifixion and death. “The General Rules of the Methodist Church,” written by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, wrote that “It is expected of all of you to continue in these societies that they should continue to evidence their desire for salvation,” by attending upon all the ordinances of God, such are: the public worship of God, the ministry of the Word, the read or expounded, the Supper of the Lord; family and private prayer; searching the Scriptures; and fasting or abstinence. “The Directions Given to Band Societies (December 25, 1744) Mandated Fasting on All Fridays of the Year .– Wesley Himself Also Fasting Before Receiving Holy Communion” for the Purpose of Focusing His Attention on God, “and other methodist Christians to do the same in the Church of the Fathers, The Methodist Homilies on the Sermon on the Mounted The importance of the Lenten fast. United Methodist Church therefore: Good Friday, which is towards the end of the Lenten season, is traditionally an important day of communal fasting for Methodists, Rev. Jacqui King,

All Oriental Orthodox churches practice fasting; however, the rules of each church differ. All churches require Holy Communion. All churches practice fasting on most days and Fridays throughout the year. Monks and nuns also observe the law. The Armenian Apostolic Church (with the exception of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem) has followed the Gregorian Calendar since 1923, making it and the Finnish Orthodox Church the only orthodox churches. As a result, the Armenian church’s observation of the Orthodox churches. With the exception of the fifty days following in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, fish is not allowed during Lent, or on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Paramon days. Other than that fish and shellfish are allowed during fasting days. The discipline of fasting entails that, apart from Saturdays, Sundays, and holy feasts, it should be kept in mind. hour Jesus died on the Cross). Also, it is preferred that one reduce one’s daily intake of food (typically, by eating only one full meal a day). The Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church generally follows the fasting practices of the Ethiopian Church. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has an especially rigorous fasting calendar. Fasting in the Ethiopian Church implies abstention from food and drink. No animal products are consumed, including dairy, eggs and meat, and utensils that have touched such products must be washed before touching the vegan foods that are consumed on fast days. During fast periods, Holy Liturgy is held at noon (except on Saturdays and Sundays), and because it can not be consumed before communion the afternoon). Every Wednesday and Friday are days of fasting because of the day that the Lord is condemned and Friday is the day of the day. Wednesday or a Friday). The fasts that are ordained in the canon of the Church of Ethiopia are: All persons above the age of 13 are expected to observe the church fasts. Most children over age are expected to be at least the Fast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin. Dispensations are granted to those who are ill.The total number of fasting days amounts to about 250 a year. While many observes the Coptic Church’s allowance for fish during the fasts, it has become a practice in the Ethiopian Church to abstain from fish during the fasts according to the canons of the Ethiopian Church. The observation of Lent within the Syriac Orthodox Church has been comparatively well compared to other Orthodox Churches. Dispensations are granted to those who are ill.The total number of fasting days amounts to about 250 a year. While many observes the Coptic Church’s allowance for fish during the fasts, it has become a practice in the Ethiopian Church to abstain from fish during the fasts according to the canons of the Ethiopian Church. The observation of Lent within the Syriac Orthodox Church has been comparatively well compared to other Orthodox Churches. Dispensations are granted to those who are ill.The total number of fasting days amounts to about 250 a year. While many observes the Coptic Church’s allowance for fish during the fasts, it has become a practice in the Ethiopian Church to abstain from fish during the fasts according to the canons of the Ethiopian Church. The observation of Lent within the Syriac Orthodox Church has been comparatively well compared to other Orthodox Churches.

The Assyrian Church of the East practices fasting during Lent, the seven weeks prior to Easter. This is preceded by Somikka night. The Church of the East strictly observes the Fast Nineveh (Som Baoutha). This annual observance occurs exactly 3 weeks before the start of Lent. This tradition has been practiced by Christians of Syriac traditions since the 6th century. At that time, afflicted the region of Nineveh, modern-day northern Iraq. The plague devastated the city and the villages surrounding it, and out of desperation the people ran to their bishop to find a solution. The bishop sought help through the Scriptures and came upon the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. Upon reading the story, God for forgiveness. At the end of the three days, the plague had miraculously stopped, so on the fourth day the people rejoiced.

Martin Luther, founder of the Lutheran Churches, held fast to “kill and subdue the pride and lust of the flesh”. As such, the Lutheran churches often emphasized voluntary fasting over collective fasting, though some liturgical seasons and holy days were times for communal fasting and abstinence. Some Lutheran communities advocate fasting, especially on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. A Handbook for the Discipline of Lent Delineates the following Lutheran fasting guidelines: It is also considered to be an appropriate physical preparation for partaking of the Eucharist, but it is not necessary for receiving the sacrament. Martin Luther wrote in his Small Catechism “Fasting and bodily preparation is certainly fine outward training, two penitential seasons of the liturgical year. Members of the Anabaptist The practice is not regulated by ecclesiastic authority. Some other Protestants consider fasting, usually accompanied by prayer, to be an important part of their personal spiritual experience, apart from any liturgical tradition.

Classical Pentecostalism does not have the time of abstinence and is slow, but they are able to make it easier for them. Although Pentecostalism has not classified different types of fasting, some writers within the movement have done so. Arthur Wallis writes about the “Normal Fast” in which pure water alone is consumed. The “Black Fast” in which nothing, not even water, is consumed is also mentioned. Dr. Curtis Ward points out that it can lead to dehydration, may be irreparably damage to the kidneys, and result in possible death. He further notes that nowhere in the New Testament is it recorded that anyone ever undertook a biblical guideline. Dr. Herbert Shelton advises that one should drink water according to natural thirst. In addition to the Normal Fast and the Fast Black, some of the following is referred to as the Daniel Fast (or Partial Fast) in which only one type of food (eg, fruit or fruit and non-starchy vegetables) is consumed. In a Daniel Fast, meat is almost always avoided, in following the example of Daniel and his friends’ refusal to eat the meat of Gentiles, which had been offered to idols and not slaughtered in a kosher manner. In some circles of Pentecostals, the term “fast” is simply used, and the decision to drink is determined on an individual basis. In other circles profuse amounts of pure water is advised to be consumed during the fasting period of the cleansing of internal toxins. Most Pentecostal writers on fasting with Dr. Mark Mattson who says that sensitive intermittent fasting with a sensitive water intake can strengthen the organization and assist the thwarting degenerative diseases. For charismatic Christians fasting is committed to the world of God. Fasting is done in order to seek closer intimacy with God, as well as an act of petition. Some take up a spiritual observance. John Wesley and George Whitefield, members of holiness movements. Fasting is done in order to seek closer intimacy with God, as well as an act of petition. Some take up a spiritual observance. John Wesley and George Whitefield, members of holiness movements. Fasting is done in order to seek closer intimacy with God, as well as an act of petition. Some take up a spiritual observance. John Wesley and George Whitefield, members of holiness movements.

For members of the Church of Christ Jesus of Latter-day Saints, fasting is total abstinence from food and drink accompanied by prayer. Members are encouraged to fast on the first Sunday of each month, designated as Fast Sunday. During Fast Sunday, members fast for two consecutive meals. The money saved by not having to buy and prepared meals is a fast food, which is then used to help people in need. Members are encouraged to donate more than just the minimum amount, and be as generous as possible. The late President LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley: “Think … of what would happen if the principles of fast-paced and fast-delivery were to be fed to the world.

Fasting is a very integral part of the Hindu religion. Individuals observes different types of fasts based on personal beliefs and local customs. Some are listed below. In Shri Vidya, one is forbidden to fast because the Devi is within them, and starving in starve the god. The only exception in Srividya for fasting is on the anniversary of the day one’s parents died. Mahabharata: Anushasana Parva (Book 13) Yudhishthira asks Bhishma, “what constitutes the highest penances?” Bheeshma states (in section 103) “In this connection is recited the ancient narrative of the discourse between Bhagiratha and the illustrious Brahman (The Grandsire of the Creation). says, The vow of fast is known to Indra. He kept it a secret USANAS first made it known to the universe. Bhagiratha says, “In my opinion, there is no penance higher than fast.” Bhagiratha did many sacrifices and gave gifts and said, “The present day of my life has been copied by the Ganga itself. (But ..) it is not through the merits of these acts that I have attained this region.” Bhagiratha Observed Bhutan Yudhishthira, “Do you practice this area of ​​the world?” In section 109, of the same book, Yudhishthira asks Bheesma “what is the highest, most beneficial” and “fruitful” of all kinds of fasts in the world. Bheeshma says “fasting on the 12th day of the lunar month” and worship Krishna, for the whole year. Krishna is blessed in twelve forms as Kesava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, the slayer of Madhu, who covered the universe in three steps, the dwarf (who beguiled Mahabali), Sridhara, Hrishikesha, Padmanabha, Damodara, Pundhariksha. and Upendra. After fasting, one must feed a number of brahmans. Bheeshma says “the illustrious Vishnu, that ancient being, it is no longer that possesses merit superior to what attach to fast of this kind.” In section 106, of the same book, Yudhishthira says, “the provision (of observing fasts) is seen in all the orders of men and women of the world. observe fasts? ” Bheeshma replies that he had asked Angiras ” Fasting for one meal every day during a lunar month is different according to the month in which he fasts. For example, fasting for one meal every day during Margashirsha, “acquires great wealth and corn”. Fasting for one meal every day during a lunar month is different according to the month in which he fasts. For example, fasting for one meal every day during Margashirsha, “acquires great wealth and corn”.

(Chanting holy names of Hari (Vishnu, Narayana), chanting holy names of Hari (Vishnu, Narayana), in some specific periods of time (like Caturmasya, Ekadashi fasting …) Rama, Krishna …) (kirtanam) and similar (shravanam, kirtanam vishno …) may be delivered from sins.

Muslims believe that fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink. Fasting also includes abstaining from any falsehood in speech and action, abstaining from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing, fighting, and having lustful thoughts. Therefore, fasting strengthens control of impulses and helps develop good behavior. During the holy month of Ramadan, believers live in peace and good deeds and God-consciousness. This purification of body and soul harmonizes the inner and outer spheres of an individual. Muslims aims to improve their body by reducing food intake and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Overindulgence in food is discouraged and just enough to silence the pain of hunger is encouraged. Muslims believe they should be active, tending to all their commitments and never falling short of any duty. We have moral level, believer to reach the most virtuous characteristics and apply to their daily situations. They try to show compassion, generosity and mercy to others, exercise patience, and control their anger. In essence, Muslims are trying to improve what they believe in. Fasting is obligatory for every month of Ramadhan. Each day, the fast begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. During this time they are less fortunate than they are bringing them closer to God. This also helps to give the digestive system a break. No obligatory fasts are a day in the middle of the month, as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad.

Fasting for Jews means completely abstaining from food and drink, including water. Traditionally observing Jews fast six days of the year. With the exception of Yom Kippur, fasting is never permitted on Shabbat, for the commandment of keeping the day. (The optional minor of the Tenth of Tevet could also override the Shabbat, but the current calendar system prevents this from ever occurring.) Yom Kippur is considered to be the most important day of the Jewish year-cycle and fasting repentance is expected of every man or woman above the age of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah respectively. This is the only fast day mentioned in the Torah (Leviticus 23: 26-32). It is so important to fast on this day, that only those who would be put in mortal danger by being free, such as the ill or frail (endangering a life is against a core principle of Judaism). Those who eat on the day are encouraged to eat at a full meal. For some, fasting on Yom Kippur is considered more important than the prayers of this holy day. If one fasts, even if one is at home in bed, one is considered as having participated in the full religious service. The second major day of fasting is Tisha B’Av, the day about 2500 years ago on which the Babylonians destroyed the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and more later after the Bar Kokhba revolt when the Jews were banished from Jerusalem, the day of Tisha B ‘ Av was the one allowed exception. Tisha B’Av ends at three-week mourning period beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. This is also the day when observing Jews remember the many tragedies which have been brought to the Jewish people, including the Holocaust. The atmosphere of this fast is serious and deeply sad (in contrast to Yom Kippur which is a day of atonement). Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur are the major fasts and are observing the day. The remaining oven fasts are considered minor and optional. Both men and women may choose to observe, and may or may not have a dispensation, or a pregnant woman, or a pregnant or nursing woman. The four days of fasting, Jews may take a personal approach to fasts, often to seek repentance in the face of tragedy or some impending calamity. For example, a fast is sometimes observed if a sefer torah is dropped. The length of the fast varies, and some Jews will reduce the length of the fast through tzedakah, or charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting. Traditionally, it is also a time to awakening from an unexpected bad dream, this tradition is rarely kept nowadays. In the time of the Talmud, drought seems to have been a frequent frequent inspiration for fasts. In modern times and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has been declared fasts in periods of drought. often to seek repentance in the face of tragedy or some impending calamity. For example, a fast is sometimes observed if a sefer torah is dropped. The length of the fast varies, and some Jews will reduce the length of the fast through tzedakah, or charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting. Traditionally, it is also a time to awakening from an unexpected bad dream, this tradition is rarely kept nowadays. In the time of the Talmud, drought seems to have been a frequent frequent inspiration for fasts. In modern times and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has been declared fasts in periods of drought. often to seek repentance in the face of tragedy or some impending calamity. For example, a fast is sometimes observed if a sefer torah is dropped. The length of the fast varies, and some Jews will reduce the length of the fast through tzedakah, or charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting. Traditionally, it is also a time to awakening from an unexpected bad dream, this tradition is rarely kept nowadays. In the time of the Talmud, drought seems to have been a frequent frequent inspiration for fasts. In modern times and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has been declared fasts in periods of drought. gold charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting. Traditionally, it is also a time to awakening from an unexpected bad dream, this tradition is rarely kept nowadays. In the time of the Talmud, drought seems to have been a frequent frequent inspiration for fasts. In modern times and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has been declared fasts in periods of drought. gold charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting. Traditionally, it is also a time to awakening from an unexpected bad dream, this tradition is rarely kept nowadays. In the time of the Talmud, drought seems to have been a frequent frequent inspiration for fasts. In modern times and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has been declared fasts in periods of drought.

Sikhism does not promote fasting except for medical reasons. The Sikh Gurus discourages the devotee of engaging in this ritual as it “brings spiritual benefit to the person”. The Sikh Holy Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib tell us: “Fasting, daily rituals, and austere self-discipline – those who keep the practice of these, are rewarded with less than a shell.” (Guru Granth Sahib Ang 216). Human mind requires wisdom, which can be achieved by contemplating one’s word and evaluating it, torturing body is of no use: “He does not eat food, he tortures his body.” Without the Guru’s wisdom, he is not satisfied. ‘(Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 905) If you keep fast, then do it so that you adopt the compassion, well being and ask for good of everyone. “Let your mind be happy, and be kind to all beings. In this way, your fast will be successful. “(Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 299) Serve God who alone is your Savior instead indulge into ritual, it is only one who will save you every day:” I do not keep fasts, nor do I observe the month of Ramadaan. I only serve the one, who will protect me in the end. || 1 || “(Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1136) If you keep fast, to count everyday, you will act honestly, sincere, control your desires, mediate. : ” “On the ninth day (naomi) of the month, make a vow to speak the Truth, and your sexual desire, anger and desire shall be eaten up. On the tenth day, regulate your ten doors; on the eleventh day, know that the Lord is One. On the twelfth day, the five thieves are subdued, and then, O Nanak, the mind is pleased and appeased. Observe such a fast as this, O Pandit, O religious scholar; What are the other teachings? || 2 || “” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1245) Goal of Human is to meet the Lord-groom, so Guru Sahib Ji says: ”” One who discards this grain, is practicing hypocrisy. She is neither a happy soul-bride nor a widow. Those who claim in this world that they live on milk alone, secretly eat whole loads of food. 3 || || Without this grain, time does not pass in peace. Forsaking this grain, one does not meet the Lord of the World. “” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 873) ”” Fasting on Ekadashi, adoration of Thakurs (stones) . Without the Guru ‘

The bigu (辟谷 “avoiding grain”) fasting practice originated as a Daoist technique for becoming a xian (仙 “transcendent; immortal”), and later became a Chinese medicine cure for the sanshi (三 尸 “Three Corpses, the malevolent, life-shortening spirits that supposedly reside in the human body “). Chinese interpretations of avoiding gu “grains; cereals” have varied historically; Food Cereals (China), five cereals (China), or staple food to such foods, breatharianism, or aerophagia.

In Yoga Principle, it is recommended that one maintains a spiritual fast on a particular day (Monday or Thursday). A fast should also be maintained on the full moon day of each month. It is essential on the spiritual fasting day to not only to abstain from meals, but also to spend with a positive, spiritual attitude. On the fasting day, a light veggie meal around 5 o’clock is taken. Water can be taken any time as needed. If health does not permit fasting for a whole day, for example with Diabetes,

Since the mid 1970s alternative medicine has perpetuated ideas of “cleansing the body” through fasting.

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