25-FAST YOUR MIND NOT STOMACH

25-FAST YOUR MIND NOT STOMACH

Baba said:

We are in the habit of eating food at regular intervals. With a few exceptions, when we feel hungry our stomach craves for food, although we may be engrossed in some other work. But when the mind is occupied in some work, the stomach feels satisfied. It is our nature to look at the clock when it is time for food. If we purposely fast, our eyes would constantly be on the clock to see if it is time to break the fast. By such fasting, the bindings become strong. When I ask you to fast, it is something different.

Food is a direct necessity of life, and its continued denial is bound to be disastrous to health. Therefore, external fasting should be periodical, and only for a short time. (1938-1939, India Discourses-51}

Effect of Fasting

The body will survive for ninety-five days if one remains only on water. Just as the body feeds on food, so the mind feeds on desires and indulgence in these desires feeds the mind and the ego. So, by starving the mind of these desires, the ego becomes very thin and weak. 

In a physical fast, taking only water, lust is lessened, but anger and hope are increased. During the first three days of a fast, hunger is marked, depression is strong, anger is strengthened and lust is diminished. From the third to the seventh day, there is a fluctuation in feelings: hunger, depression, anger and lust are all lessened, while hope – for everything -is still strong. On the tenth day, the feelings again swing back, and there is increased hunger and anger. This lasts until the fourteenth day, when the feelings again become calm and remain calm. Thus, after the fourteenth day, a fast has no spiritual value.

Fasting does not increase love. No connection exists between them. All austerities, repetition of God’s name (japas), penances, et cetera, are quite apart from this fast I am telling you to do. Therefore, as long as I do not ask you to fast, why should you? If you want to fast on your own, fast in such a way that your stomach remains full while your mind starves! This is the best fast. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4782.)

Fasting of mind.

Fasting of the mind is to have no thoughts. This is in itself impossible, but remember Me as often as you can and then your mind will not be in a fumble as to what to think of. You leave your mind to Me by having My constant remembrance or taking My name, and there will be no food (thoughts) worth the name for the mind to feed on. Thoughts of Me will supersede all other thoughts in your mind.

There is no necessity to starve the stomach. You can do it for your health, but not for spiritual reasons. We are in the habit of eating food at regular intervals. With a few exceptions, when we feel hungry our stomach craves for food, although we may be engrossed in some other work. But when the mind is occupied in some work, the stomach feels satisfied. It is our nature to look at the clock when it is time for food. If we purposely fast, our eyes would constantly be on the clock to see if it is time to break the fast. By such fasting, the bindings become strong.

When I ask you to fast, it is something different. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4821 – 4822}

Out of all foods consumed, milk is the best, because there is no loss of life in it. Then comes vegetable kingdom, because in it life is not complete. And worst is animal food. By eating flesh, we at once catch the sanskaras of the animal, and our anger and lust are provoked. 31 October 1937, Cannes, France (Lord Meher Vol-6 page-2232

Fasting of Sadguru and Avatar

Fasting by the Perfect Master who is one of universal Mind and Infinite consciousness amounts  to penance or ordeal suffered by the universe itself , resulting in spiritual betterment of humanity.