Fasting On Purnima
(Full Moon Day)
religions consider certain days in a week to be sacred.
Jews observe the Sabbath. Muslims observe Friday as their day
of special prayer and the Hindus follow the lunar calendar,
which is based on the waxing and waning of the moon.
Hindus consider, the full moon day, (Purnima) sacred. Some
Hindus fast on this day, or at any rate take only light food
in the night. I am going to tell you the reason.
is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid. You might wonder how?
Well, blood is liquid, is it not? The moon has an effect on
the sea, making the tides rise or fall. In the same way, the
moon also has an effect on the liquid content in man. The
above results in man becoming tense and irritable. That is how
the term 'lunatic' came into being. 'luna' means 'moon' in
latin. Lunatic means 'insane'.
wise ancestors, looked for ways to combat the evil effects on
human behavior during the full moon and new moon days. They
found that light food on these days would lower the acidic
content in our system, which helps human beings to retain
their mental balance. By fasting or taking light food the
whole system is given a rest. By praying man would not allow
his emotions to run wild. When the system is at rest
psychologically also there is rest in man. He feels
comfortable physically and psychologically and will not be
prone to irritation and outburst of temper.
Full moon (Poornima) enhances your qualities
…Another aspect in Poornima (full moon) the planet is in a certain position in relation to the moon. The vibration and feel of the moon is very different when it is full. And its magnetic pull is also different at the time. It is working upon the surface of the planet which is exposed to the moon. When there is such a natural pull since your spine is vertical there is a tendency for your energies to move upward. That means blood and prana , the fundamental life energies, flow in a different way. Just as tides rise higher on that night because of the moon’s gravitational pull, your blood is also being pulled up and the circulation of blood increases in your brain.
This upsurge of energy enhances your qualities whatever they may be. If you are mentally unbalanced, it will make you even more imbalanced. If you are meditative it makes you more meditative. If you areloving it makes you more loving. If you are fearful it makes you more fearful. The same happens with other qualities in you too, but most may not be sensitive enough to notice it.
For seekers, especially those on the meditative path…poornima (full moon) is giving you a free ride of energy and awareness.
also observe fasting on Ekadashi, the eleventh day of the
fortnight. This is intended to give a rest to the digestive
system in the human body, so that the stomach muscles can
easily throw out the toxic contents of the food without
Fasting is a sort of-Self discipline.
It strengthens our faith in God.When
we keep fasts for a purpose, we act on the faith that our
prayers will be answered. Faith is positive thinking: so the
chances are that what you wish for will come to pass.
The purpose of fasting is not simply refraining from eating and
drinking but refraining from evil speech thoughts and
deeds…and to be in a state of worship even while asleep.
Having said that Fasting creates remarkable endurance in a
person,a special feeling of empathy and a sense of equality
between the rich and the poor.
Fasting occasionally, is a key to good
above 'note' is a simplified excerpt from 'Hindu Customs and
Beliefs' by Shakun Narain. If you would like to read the whole