“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation!”
Mahatma Gandhi first turned to fasting to lose weight, but also because he’d been inspired by memorable quotations of noteworthy human beings words and experiences.
Just like Buddha, Christ, Muhammad or others among our species’ greatest teachers and thinkers who’ve done this marvelous self-improvement technique before us, including all three Fathers of Western Medicine—Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus.
The myriad benefits of prolonged, scientific fasting occur on three levels–physiologically, psychologically and spiritually.
Dalai Lama notes that: “True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one’s own self being fully realized.”
Siddhartha Gautama, at 36, fasted 49 days under that now-famous tree in Bodhgaya, India, achieving Enlightenment, or the Awakened state, during the process. “Buddha” is Sanskrit for “Awake”–a state free from all obstructions to knowledge and to disturbing emotions. .
“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”–Saint Augustine
“Fasting is an effective and safe method of detoxifying the body. . .a technique that wise men have used for centuries to heal the sick. Fast regularly and help the body heal itself and stay well. Give all of your organs a rest. Fasting can help reverse the aging process, and if we use it correctly, we will live longer, happier lives.”–James Balch, M.D. (“Prescription For Natural Healing”)
“The ideal technique for successful fasting is the use of fresh, raw fruit and vegetable juices. On such a diet, the full spectrum of nutrients is supplied in an easily assimilated form, so the digestive tract is able to remain essentially at rest.”–Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. (“Diet & Nutrition”; established holistic medical clinics in Chicago, New York, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Honesdale, PA, and author of Radical Healing.
Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it makes man a friend of God. The demons are aware of that.
Happy Fasting 🙂