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Health Benefits

Nowadays, people also fast for health reasons; fasting helps in the detoxification of the body. Everyone wants to look good by staying fit in the current times. As such, you may find many youngsters across India fasting. In the medical context, fasting refers to the state achieved after digestion of a meal. A number of metabolic adjustments occur during fasting and many medical diagnostic tests for blood sugar, cholesterol levels are standardized to fasting conditions. Thus fasting has medical reasons coated with religious significance in India.

1. Cleansing of the bowels—Those who observe fasting on Ekādaśī days stay in good health, cleanse their bowel systems and are mostly free from frequent ailments. Also, it is said that for those on the spiritual/religious path, observing a fast on Ekādaśī days, provides a mental peace, by way of selfrealization. This sort of penance is believed to aid them in their spiritual path, thus making them pure in body and mind.

 

2. Enforcing a better way of life—Fasting improves blood flow or circulation and the body’s capacity to eliminate toxins, resulting in a better overall health. One feels more energetic and alert and is more resistant to all forms of disease or illness. It even slows down the aging process, which is a little more due to the accumulated effects of our bad habits or wrong ways of living. A day of fasting teaches one, selfcontrol and discipline. It greatly helps to break those addictions that are destroying us and helps us start to acquire new and positive habits.

Now, let us look at the other scientific facts concerning the 11th day from the full moon & new Moon.

In the Indian Vedic system, there are different methods to calculate a month. One such is counting from the new moon day (Amāvāsyā). From the new moon day till the full moon day it is called as Śukla-pakṣa (waxing/growing moon). From the full moon day till the next Amāvasyā, it is known as Kṛṣṇapakṣa (waning/shrinking moon).

In the celestial phenomena, the Earth as well as moon rise and settle at the same time on Amāvasyā. From the next day up till Amāvasyā, the moon moves about a distance of 12 degrees from the solar path. On the Ekādaśī day (11th day from full moon) the Moon stays at a distance of about 135 degrees in the solar path—this causes lesser gravitation force and thus resulting in lesser atmospheric pressure. Therefore fasting on an Ekādaśī day will not affect the body system as also hunger is said to be minimum at this time.

Ekādaśī is the mother of Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti, love and affection. If you do not follow ekādaśī, Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti will never come.