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EKADASI AND HEALTH



Thank you Hemant for the good article on Ekadasi. I felt like adding the following,

>From What I have read the practice of Ekadashi, has some other aspects too.

Generally on Fullmoon and Newmoon days the sick people tend to aggravate 
their sickness. This is quite observable even today.Lunatics tend to behave 
more abnormally, women tend to become in their periods,pregnant women and
even animals tend to deliver during these days. Whatever is the science 
behind it, moon seems to have considerable influence and seems to create
some imbalance in our body to effect these disease conditions. So the
chances are that, if our body is not pure and balanced with any unwanted
stuff, it might surface as a disease, sooner or later.

On Ekadasi day by fasting, body doesn't have its regular food crunching
job. So it can concentrate in cleaning the body system. Whatever impurities
the body acquired, KNOWINGLY AND UNKNOWINGLY,(by eating and other means)
it can remove it. Thus the chances of grtting any disease is minimal if 
Ekadasi is strictly followed.

There is one more aspect to this. In todays world,`EATING' is a very 
important activity. Some people are living for this. In US people eat without
any timing restriction, whenever you feel hungry eat. In India people take
minimum 3 meals a day. WHY IS NOBODY THINKING OF GIVING REST TO OUR VERY OWN
STOMACH??. THis kind of eating is unwanted,we shouldnt become slaves `TASTE'.
This will bring us only trouble in the form of diseases.And once we get any
disease, discharging duties in our chosen profession will slow down. Fasting on
Ekadasi, puts a brake on our craving for food. In spiritual plane, it teaches
to limlit our desires and concentrate only in the desire of God. Its interesting
to note that every religion has some period of fasting.

That brings up another point. Any practice if the masses have to follow, it has 
to be given a religious colour.Then only people follow it without questioning.
Otrherwise lot of time and energy will be wasted in unnecessary arguments. 
Perhaps thats the reason why Ekadasi was given a religious colour. This is true
for most of the hindu traditions. They have more to do with the health (of body
and mind) than to do with the Gods in Heaven !.

SURESH
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