Hindus fast once a month,that is on the eleventh day of the New Moon/Full Moon.It is called Ekadasi, Eleventh day.
This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu,one of the Trinity of Hinduism.
Lord Vishnu is the ‘Sustainer’
Hinduism believes in a healing body for Body is the dwelling place of Atman.
Body is not to be abused.
Tough spiritual practices,though in vogue,are called as Tamasic(Bhagavad-Gita).
They are called Asura Tapas,tough on body and as such is relegated behind Gnana, Bhakti and Karma Yogas.
In Asura Tapas one goes on Fasting for even years, sometimes people live on Water or only on Air!
But more beneficial results may be obtained by following The Satvic practice of Upavasa.
Upvasa is Fasting
Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism advocate Upavasa.
While Jainism prescribed Upavasa for long periods,Hinduism recommends once a month.
On this day one fasts completely.
No intake of food at all.
The next morning,Dwadasi,light meal consisting of cooked Rice, Gooseberry salad in Curds along with special Greens,Agathikeerai in Tamil,is taken.
This process ,along with taking three spoonful of Tulasi immersed water,after offering food to Lord Vishnu ,is called Bhaarana.
This light food taken after complete fasting on the earlier day increased longevity and cleans the stomach.
I am providing a research study done in September,2018,which states that fasting,
induce anti-aging effects and alleviate aging-related neurodegeneration.
Published:September 06, 2018
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