posted on Sep, 20 2013 @ 11:12 PM
reply to post by wildtimes
My understanding of 'fasting' is that it it does several things.
1) Compassion - if you know what it feels like to be hungry, perhaps you will pay more attention to the suffering/hunger needs of others.
2) Challenge of Self-Discipline - we humans are filled with strong wants and desires that can "rule" what we do. To deny a basic desire for food or
food and drink is a way of building self-control and personal discipline. The "raging horses" of desire can pull us in unhealthy directions if we
don't learn to take the reigns.
3) To Do What Is Asked Even When It Is Hard - this is similar to number 2, but more specifically, to willingly suffer hunger in a structured way as a
sign of one's love for the Beloved, and to expect that spiritual understanding and growth will be the end result of doing this.
4) For some it is physically beneficial and for others it is not or less so = that may be part of it, to give the digestive organs a rest. Most
religions will allow people who are elderly or below a certain age, with child, nursing, sick, etc. to skip fasting as it is detrimental.
5) Spiritual Food - instead of eating physical food, the time normally spent eating is spent in prayer or meditation, or reading from spiritual
writings, etc., thus 'replacing' physical food with connection with God.
All these things work together to make fasting, at least for people who can physically handle doing so, a potentially enriching experience.
Just my two cents...