Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ramdan has begun

Holy Month Ramadan has begun. Last year, I managed to Ramadan fasting almost 28 days till the advent of Diwali. Will I be able to do it this month?

I like the concept of Ramadan in Islam – identical to the one in Hinduism

According to Sri Swami Sivananda Fasting controls passion It checks the emotions It controls the senses also. It is a great penance It purifies the mind and the heart It destroys a multitude of sins Fasting controls the tonguein particular which is the deadliest enemy of man.Fasting overhauls the respiratory circulatory digestive and urinary systems. It destroys all the impurities of the body and all sorts of poisons. It eliminates uric_acid deposits. Just as impure gold is rendered pure by melting it in the crucible again and again, so also this mind is rendered purer by repeated fasting

Both religion state that fasting does generate ideal sublime and ethical conscience that helps get rid of bad habits and attitudes; Acquire new good traits and habits; Strengthen and crystallize these traits. For me, the most important thing is to feel ‘pangs of hunger’ that makes me empathize with the person that goes through without the meal and second, is to test my willpower.

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