Taking Charge of Your Health

Fasting is well known in India. And also
it is well known in Russia too. But wherever these Russian people go, Indian people go, from the other country,
whoever believe in the fasting, they carry those ideas with them. What is fast, first of all? For
fasting, Sanskrit words are two. It is vrata or upavaasa. Vrata means you take one vow
that I will eat only one time in 24 hours. So, one meal. That is called vrata. You took the vow. So
then you stick with it. In 24 hours you take only one meal. Or sometimes people go a little further. They
vow that “I will drink only water.” Then it has to stick with it 24 hours.
Why 24 hours? I will tell you why. Because the body is full of toxins and those toxins they don’t begin
to burn unless you stay at least 24 hours with it. If somebody does like they eat twice or one time, it
has benefit, but it doesn’t have much benefit. Much benefit is if you stay at least 24 hours.
Like the muslims. They do Ramadan. And they think they are fasting. But it seems
like to me they are not fasting. Why? The real fasting doesn’t happen in those cases.
Why? Because they eat everyday in the evening. That’s one meal. If they eat only one meal, stick
with the one meal, it is still considered fasting. Fasting is one meal in 24 hours. But then it is not that. Wake
up early in the morning 4 o’clock they start cooking again and feast before sunrise. So, where is the fasting now? Because usually people have
two meals. Two meals, like lunch and dinner. And breakfast people really don’t eat much, so it is not considered. So the Ramadan, Muslims they eat two meals. And where the fasting is? So I don’t consider that is the fasting. It doesn’t work on your body and I notice in
Ramadan people losing weight they begin to gain weight because they begin to eat a lot then. So that is not fasting, it is a misconception of fasting. Misconception are many.
First of all, if you want to water fast, it can be dangerous for you. Why? It depends on your type of body. If your body’s vaata, if your body’s mainly
pitta, if your body’s mainly kapha. There are three kinds of elements in our body. Vaata, pitta, and kapha. Vaata means mostly the wind, the gastric trouble. Many people
when they eat, their body produces a lot of gas in their body. They have suffer with the gastric trouble. And sometimes their body, whatever they
eat, it creates a lot of acidity. That is called pitta. And then kapha, if you drink a lot of milk, dairy product, you eat lot of things so it creates a lot of kapha. So
it depends on if your body is pitta suppose, and your trying to do the water fast, you will have a lot of trouble. It will create a lot of headache, pain in the body. Why? Because it is pitta, the main
it is called dosha. Pitta dosha means your body has lot of acidity and you cannot fast. The people who are having a lot of gastric trouble, they cannot fast either. So you cannot
compare who can fast or who can not fast, and you cannot compete in fasting. Fasting is supposed to be natural way. Yes, if you do 24 hours, just drink only
water so your toxins begin to move. Your toxins begin to burn within 24 hours. I will tell you one example. Your car needs after 5000 miles to change the oil. If you don’t
change the oil, your car will not run smooth further, it might break. You are taking lot of risks. Same way all machinery in this world needs oil change. No matter it is a lawnmower,
no matter it is a little weed-eater, but it needs to change the oil. If you don’t change it, that machinery will be very much in trouble.
It might break. Same way the human body is a big machinery. If you don’t change the oil from the human body, it is you are in risk.
You need to change the oil. But there is a way to change the oil. 1. You can have a juice fasting. You can drink two or three
times juice during the day. And it will flush out all the toxins. And the better way if you just only drink the water. And I will not
put stress on the fasting much – water fasting – because it can be dangerous. Depending on what kind of body you are carrying. So if your body is
gastric more, then you cannot fast longer. It is a big risk. You can fast maybe one day. You can try. Sometimes you
are not able to fast even one day. Maybe half day. But, yes, benefits are tremendous. Benefits are when you take one
day break from the food, then your machinery begin to relax. It is like you are resting. You are giving the space to the machinery. And
when it is given space, not eating anything, it’s not a burden. Machinery will rest. When it rests it will even function much better way after the fasting. So it is better like you do it
just starting one day. If you do one day maybe you can try two days one time, another time. But I will not tell you to do it, you see your own body first. But I
can guarantee in one day you are not going to die. There is no risk. One day anybody can do it. And it is good for… so what if the situation happen the earthquake or this
or that, never practice fasting. And somebody buried under the gravel, under all these material, fall down all the houses… And if they didn’t practice fasting, it is no chance they will survive under this rubble. It is very difficult. But
if they practice, if they are ever buried under, people are already searching, big help going on, rescue team is there… You are possibly even after 7 days, 10 days, you can be alive — but if you practice. There are many benefits. It is better, I
suggest people to practice it because the water fasting or even the one time meal in 24 hours, it gives you lot of benefit. Your toxins begin to burn. It is like changing the oil. It is like you’re giving the rest. And
when your body is totally relaxed, the toxins they don’t like that, they begin to move out from through your pores. And they are going out. So you feel very much
lightened next day. And you begin to lose weight. If you do, if you practice one day, even once a month, you do one fasting, there are lots
of benefits. But the best thing is I will tell you. The best benefit is… Best benefit is if you do the fasting not for the physical aspect only, but
for the spiritual aspect. You will going to burn lot of karmas. When you burn lot of karma, your soul begins to awaken. And that is the
fastest way to burn the karma. Fasting. Why am I telling you? Because of in Mahavira’s time 2600 years ago Mahavira has a tremendous strong body. If Mahavira does 30
days fasting on the water and we do only one day on the water, it is equal. Mahavira will burn his karma, Mahavira kind of person, will burn in one month whatever karma we can
burn in one day. So but I will still not suggest to you to force yourself. Do whatever you can do. If you can do one day, do only one day. If you try to
do two days, you force yourself, and you are not able to do it, you might harm your body. So I am not in favor of fasting much if you are forced. But if you try to do just one day or try
to do two days, if your body accept the fasting, you can try to do four days. It is up to you. But benefit is tremendous. Your body becomes very lightened, your sickness begin to disappear, your kidney
can be healed, your organs if they have any infection they can be healed. And best thing is your head is clear. Lot of clarity comes through the fasting. So I suggest to people do once
in a while water fasting. And it gives you much practice. But it has to be done for the spiritual reason. Not just for to lose the weight only.
To lose the weight only, it works too. No doubt about it. But the best thing is when you are in that process why
not to think about your spiritual growth, because your head is going to get clear? Clarity. When you have clarity, you can focus more, you can go deep into
the meditation, and that is the best benefit of the water fast. Jai Siddhatma

45 thoughts on “Water Fasting: What is a Water Fast and the Health & Spiritual Benefits and Dangers?

  1. Hello, I sometimes fast for around 30 hours (one day and two nights) and it feels great, just like you said. I want to make it my habit, but I have a question- if I want to fast ones every week, should I change days or can it always be on the same day (I'm wondering if the body gets habituated with it and after some time starts to magazine the food for that occasion). 
    Also my friend is a Muslim and he's certain Ramadan is fasting. If he took just one meal every 24 hours, would it then be fasting and should he then drink water during the days or it doesn't matter  that much? Thank you for the video.

  2. I attempted to water fast for only one day for spiritual and detox reasons only but honestly all I can think about and started craving during that time was fast food which is surprisingly ironic due to the fact that I hardly consume such things. And its not like I wasn't preparing myself for fasting cuz i have been working on consuming more fruits and veggies during the past 2 mths. I consume meat very very minimum sometimes i dont even eat meat for a week and prior to my single fasting day I strictly made it fruits and veggies in which I was fine until of course the moment of the truth came, it was scary I had French fries creeping through my mind and chips with avocado dipping sauce/Popeye's chicken etc.. Until I hate to say this but I fell into temptation and gave in after 18 hrs counting the night of my sleep which technically minus 8 hrs or so its 10 hrs of the awake period of fasting. After that I pigged out and felt ashamedly fulfilled. It was mixed emotions and all I kept telling myself to make me feel better and more accepting was everyone's favorite excuse line: I'm only human… I want to try fasting again and I'm planning to hopefully do it soon maybe this week Thursday or next week Thurs. And reason for me to choose Thursday is cuz it's my day off and I want to keep as much minimum stress as possible. Anyways that was my experience, please give me advice on how to resist such crazy unhealthy random food thoughts and also why did this happen to me? I'm just curious since honestly I'm the healthiest eating person in my family and meat/sweets is not a big deal to me. Tks for taking the time to read this.

  3. I have seen great improvement with my meditation feeling my body vibrating and mind becoming clear with slight visions from my imagination. I wonder what sensations I will feel if I water fast for two days and meditate. It does take practice and it can be difficult but when you feel aligned with the universe, everything is worth it. Even having to struggle with anxiety and depression feels much easier to cope with when I meditate. I'm not going back to the dr so he can tell me to take pills and not worry. Smoking herb, meditating, exercising, playing music and being mindful of what I consume has helped more than any $30 prescription has ever done. Peace to all and I hope everyone finds their guided inner light.

  4. hey! i sujjest u to read much more about ramadan u have just opened one page of a book and telling all this nonsens please read and under stand full what ramadan is….

  5. fasting is not just a battle in the body. it's a mental battle as well. The devil in your mind becomes active not to get you to eat but to get you to break your word to your soul.

  6. Master please when you water fasting with out praying is it good, or what about you fast for some spiritual problem with out prayers those it helps or not

  7. Namaskar Acharya-shree , could you pls advise on which days to fast , its mostly said to fast on Full & No moon days and Ekadasi day , also guide how to fast on water . Is it advisable to do Shatkarma's , the yogic internal cleansing , particularly dhauti (stomach cleansing ) and neti (nasal cleasnisng) in addition with intense sadhna during the day to get maximum physical benefit and holistic experience .

  8. can anyone help me or tell me why when I fast i feel engergyless and giddy like I can't even walk stable. even when I skip a meal but just drink water and drink milk i feel energyless. then when i eat something like rice, i get my energy and feel better to do my work. i eat alot from time to time. i feel hungry very fast just 1 hour after meal. but im not overweight. can anyone tell me what I can do about this. im doing this for health reason only

  9. vegetable juice fasting is the best thing, since we have juicer and shopping option we can go that way 🙂 body will be happy with vitamins and minerals 😉

  10. ohh, you inspired me from the morning !! I am calling my PT imediately. Love from Warsaw, Poland. Margaret

  11. Fast Ramadan is not about do diet or lose wieght that show how you just talk blabla you don't know any shit

  12. No one can define what is fasting.. 1 meal in 24 hours.. Or 1 meal in 72.. Or 3 meals in 24.. Everyone knows there body and fasting is beneficial whether it is for 12 hours like Ramadan or 72 or 96 or longer like many water fasters do.

  13. i have fasted 42, 48 , 72 hours, 4 days , 7 days and do IF daily gastric issues are improving , heart rate and blood sugar and oxygen levels are normal now.. ( not before )

  14. The main purpose of muslims to fast is to break all the bad habits..All the habits which are evil, the habits which are prohibited towards God. Losing weight is never a motive of fasting in Islam that is kind of a by- product.. Or one may even gain weight if he eats more when he breaks the fast.
    And the timings are not fixed by the way, one has to start keeping the fast before the morning prayer before sunrise and he should break it after the sunset.. So the time varies from region to region. Depending upon the sunrise and sunset on a particular region.While fasting if you do something which is prohibited in Islam then your fast is broken and which is punnishable at the day of judgement..To develop good habits is also another motive of fasting. If you miss your prayers while fasting then the fast is not acceptible.. One has to do charity in the month of Ramadan.. At least 5 percent of the total income of a person in a year is to be given for charity during Ramadan month. The charity is only compulsory for people who earn and has value or property equivalent to at least 52.5 tola chandi (silver) which is equal to 35000 INR (indian rupees) nowadays here in India. The person who refuses to do charity is punnishable at the day of judgement.

  15. I've fasted for a week before aiming for two weeks. my reaaon is for a physical cleanse though. i do believe in the spiritual aspect but, i have two children i stay home with and i dont thonk i would be able to meditate much lol.

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