Concept of fasting

Objective: Significance of fasting

Fasting is the practice of abstaining from food, either completely or partially, for a specified period. Fasting is another form of worship found universally in the world religions. Although there are vast differences regarding the mode of fasting and the conditions applied to it, the central idea of fasting is present everywhere. It is an excellent discipline that trains the mind and body to cope with crisis, anger, hunger, thirst etc. Throughout history, in almost all religions of the world, fasting has long been promoted as a spiritual means for intensifying prayers and faith. People have fasted as it is an obligation to God, leading to good health and spirituality.

The students of Grade IX B discussed the benefits of fasting on 23 June, 2015 during Assembly. The children spoke of how fasting brings great spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health. The Muslims fast during Ramadan, the Hindus during Navratri, particular days of the week and other festivals, the Christians during lent and so on…everyone fasts, sometime or the other. Some people fast to detoxify and cleanse the system, whereas some fast to lose weight. Whatever the reasons, fasting gives a break to our digestive system which is otherwise working nonstop. Scientifically the effects of fasting are stress resistance, increased insulin sensitivity, and increased life span. The student’s speech delivered the fact that fasting on the whole is good for the body and mind, and its benefits are many…

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