Ancient Vedic Karmic Remedy – Fasting (Part-1)
Fasting – One of the Effective Ancient Vedic Karmic Remedies for Planetary disturbances (Part – 1)
Ancient Vedic Karmic Remedy –
The purpose of fasting is not to starve oneself. A fast is symbolic of self-control. Since food is the most common weakness in mankind, control over eating is considered difficult. There are ample examples in Puranas that Saints and Sages learnt to control their physical and mental self through fasts. thus they purified their mind and soul and developed Divine powers.
In the Yajur-Veda, 19/30, it is said:
Mankind develops the ability for progressive living through fasts that serve as Diksha (Initiation). From Diksha one moves to Dakshina, that is, whatever one does one finds success. From this, faith and devotion grow, and from them, one attains truth or one’s aim in life. This is the basic conclusion.
One should not compromise with moral responsibilities and character in difficult situations. The fulfilment of these responsibilities devotedly is the purpose of making a resolve, or observing a fast. Living by resolutions and beliefs and adopting actions that lead us to our aims is important.
To overcome imperfections and tensions that are part of modern life, the best solution is self purification through fasting. the use of cereals in the diet produces toxins, which make one lazy and inefficient. These also neutralise spiritual energy generated through prayers and devotion to God. Through fasting, toxins are removed and the mind and the body feels better. Self-confidence grows. One develops greater harmony. These, in turn, develop other abilities and powers within a person. Through patience, energy is conserved. Thus fasting helps protect a person and makes him more efficient.
In the Bhagawad Gita also, it is said that the best way to control your senses and the mind is to fast.
Science too commends control over diet. By fasting once a week, one is able to rest organs within the body. This promotes good health and long life. Through fasting one also benefits emotionally and spiritually.
There are seven days in the week. A different God governs each day. depending upon the purpose of the fast, one fasts accordingly. A common reason for fasting is to get over the malefic effect of a particular planet or God, or to achieve something through a blessing of the God. For each day there is a different procedure , different ways to pray to God, and also a different Katha to read and Arti to sing. However before one resolves to fast, one must understand the details of different fasts.
To know the details of fasting remedies according to the planets and days of the week, kindly refer to part 2 of this article……. https://www.purevedicgems.com/blog/ancient-vedic-karmic-remedy-fasting-part-2/