27- Vaikunta Ekadashi-2.1.4

1. Benefits of Fasting-4.

    In his code, the Manu Smriti, the great Hindu lawgiver, Manu, prescribes fasting for the removal of the five capital sins.

Diseases that are pronounced incurable by doctors are cured by fasting.

Occasionally, a complete fast is greatly desirable for all to keep up good health, to give adequate rest to the internal organs and maintain celibacy.

All diseases have their origin in overeating and verily fasting is the only method to cure this.

    Complete fasting helps to control sleep.

Taking recourse to tea to control sleep is not desirable.

You will not gain any spiritual strength if you depend on an external agent.

During fasting avoid all company. Live alone.

Utilise your time in Sadhana.

When breaking a fast do not take a heavy meal or a heavy food that is hard to digest.

Milk or some fruit juice is beneficial.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....