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Wisdom from ancient traditions strongly recommends fasting as the supreme way to heal illness, purify oneself, and grow spiritually.

During a fast, your body and mind progressively rest, relax and unwind from daily stresses and built-up tensions. Your deeper spiritual dimension comes to the forefront of awareness. As a fast continues, a profound sense of peacefulness and serenity wells up...it feels like a constant meditation is taking place within you. The sense of surrender that happens during a fast can heighten your personal spiritual connection.

During a fast, you see yourself and your life with a detached objectivity. You gain clarity about how your thoughts and beliefs may be contributing to disease. You see what lifestyle practices need to change for improved health and prevention of illness. Fasting helps you to have a far greater perspective from which to closely examine your life - how you are living, where you are going, and why.

Fasting for religious and spiritual reasons has been a part of human custom since pre-history. It is mentioned and encouraged in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament, and the Qur'an.

Fasting is an excellent spiritual discipline designed to steer our minds away from the material distractions of everyday life so we can focus our energies toward our subtle inner being. Fasting deeply rests and rejuvenates the overworked body and calms the monkey mind. It suspends our daily routine. Relaxed awareness prevails. Inner clarity improves. Perspective expands and priorities realign. Dr. Sniadach further explains the important spiritual aspect of fasting.


 

Swami Sivananda encouraged fasting for physical, mental and spiritual purification. He says: "Just as impure gold is rendered pure by melting it in the crucible again and again, so also this impure mind is rendered purer by fasting."

The difference between spiritual fasting and regular fasting is the conscious intent to expand awareness on every level of being - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.

Paul Bragg, natural health pioneer, had tremendous faith in the power of fasting. "The greatest discovery by modern man (woman) is the power to rejuvenate physically, mentally, and spiritually with rational fasting."

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Fasting will bring spiritual rebirth...the light of the world will illuminate you when you fast and purify yourself.