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For Optimal Health- II

Date: 26 Jan 2009 21:38:53 -0000 From: "Mahesh Rastogi" To: Subject: For Optimal Health- II Baba "A'loya bhara' toma'r dhara' saba'r tare, saba'r tare, A'sa' hetha'y toma'r krpa'y, toma'ri ka'j kariba're..." (4767) Purport: Baba, by Your grace, everyone comes on this earth to do Your work. Everyone has come here to chant Your holy name. Baba, this earth, Your land, is filled with Your divine effulgence. It is for everyone; it is for everyone. Baba, since eternity You have been my Dearmost. Baba whatever way You want to keep me in Your shelter, I accept-- whether that be in tears or smiles. Whatever You like, You give; that will be best for me. And from my side, those things which I have lovingly prepared with my full heart to offer (arghya*) at Your lotus feet, please accept them. Baba, You were mine and You will be mine up to eternity; I am also Yours-- forever, trika'l*. Baba, in this universe we all dance around You by Your grace. Baba, You are the focal point; in the end everyone will finally merge into You. Baba, Your world is for all-- for all. Your shelter is for all... ASTERISK NOTES (*) *Trika'l= The prefix 'tri' means 'three'; and the stem 'ka'l' means 'time'. Hence trika'l refers to the three phases of time: Past, present, and future. *Arghya= The term arghya means 'offering' though more specifically it refers to that offering which is purely psychic or mental in nature-- the offerings of the mind. In contrast to offer those things which are physical in nature is nirma'ly. Hence in the above song since the term arghya is used, the sadhaka is offering all his mental colours and longings at the lotus feet of Guru. The sadhaka is offering all the love of his heart to his Lord. Thus the devotee's offering is purely psychic or psycho-spiritual in nature. Whereas the offering done to various gods and goddesses in the dogmatic religions is called nirma'ly since on those occasions those followers are offering physical objects like food, incense, animals etc. Baba has outlined this distinct difference between arghya and nirma'ly in a few different discourses.
Namaskar, As we know fasting is one special process for achieving and maintaining optimum health. As Ananda Margiis, we have all realised, to some or more degree, the various positive effects of fasting. And the initial mail on this topic touched on some of these universal benefits such as ridding the body of toxins, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life etc. Those points I collected from various family acaryas. Certainly then fasting is a unique purification process and one most significant aspect of this practice is the approach to breaking the fast. So this mail will focus primarily on a gentle yet thorough system which was told be senior sadhakas by which one can break the fast. Since we all have experience in this, it will also be interesting to hear what others have to say.
Of course one important thing to be aware of is that by doing a 24-36 hour dry fast-- i.e. without water-- then the body obviously becomes dehydrated. Hence the body is in a very delicate and sensitive state. In that case, if one breaks the fast in an abrasive or hasty manner then not only will they be unable to derive the many benefits of the fast but it will create harm to the body.
So one key point to keep in mind is that after a dry fast sufficient water is needed to properly restore the body and help it reach that pristine state. As we all know water is an indispensable part of the functioning of the body and since the human body itself is comprised mostly of water, naturally then an adequate amount of water must be taken. And multiple reasons are there behind this. First off, after fasting there remains undigested food & waste material sitting in colon as well as in the large and small intestines. Often enough this waste matter is collected on the linings of the intestine, thus causing blockage. So on the one hand sufficient water is needed in order to deliver a proper and thorough cleansing of the intestines-- as well as the entire digestive track. This is one point. It is similar to if your kitchen floor gets dirty or stained and if you try to clean it with only a few drops of water, that will never suffice. In that case it will not get clean. Whereas if sufficient water is applied then that floor can be properly cleaned-- and it will regain its shine. Now here is another point. Additionally, it is well known that water is one of basic ingredients for the functioning of all the organs. Thus after fasting a sufficient amount must be taken to compensate for the deficit. Plus, as discussed, water is needed in order to clean the waste from the body. So on both these accounts, and for other reasons as well, the body needs an adequate amount of water on the morning of breaking fast.
Before getting into the specifics of breaking fast, it should be mentioned that one, two, or even three glasses of water is not nearly enough for the breaking process. In their ignorance, some people might drink 1-2 glasses of water and then immediately start eating varieties of foods etc, but that way of doing is totally off base and should never be done. Rather on breaking fast morning first the digestive system should be cleaned thoroughly-- from top to bottom-- with water. And when that has been done completely, then solid food can be taken, but not beforehand.
1. First mix 1/4 piece of lemon or lime with some salt in a dry container-- preferably a plastic or ceramic container, but not metal. 2. Then add 1/2 litre to 1 litre of warm water and stir. 3. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste-- but not overly salty. 4. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your mixture by adding more warm water. 5. Then one should begin to drink this lemon salt water. Not in one gulp per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of a few minutes, without bloating the stomach. 6. After finishing that initial round of salty lemon water then one can walk nearby for a minute or two-- either in the fresh air or indoors. 7. Plus you can gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the cleansing process. 8. Then as soon as one feels ready to again drink, then the next round of lemon salt water should be taken. Note: It is important not to wait too long in between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should again drink. 9. And like this multiple rounds should be done of drinking lemon salt water and then walking slowly. This process should be repeated until one feels the need to go to the toilet. And overall upwards of 2-3 litres of lemon salt water can be ingested in this way. (Note: But under no circumstances should solid food be taken yet. Rather this will wreak havoc on the system as fresh food will be sitting on top of waste material. So no food should be taken at all until the entire system gets clear.) 10. By this process of drinking round after around, a strong urge will come to go to the toilet-- within 1/2 hour to one hour, depending. And initially when in the toilet a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be released. And thereafter progressively more and more liquids will be released via the rectum. This will also be brown at the beginning. But one should not worry that they have been stricken with a severe case of diarrhea. It is not like that. Rather this is the initial stage of cleaning out the digestive track. 11. Once one has begun the process of defecating & clearing the stomach and bowels. Then you can switch over from drinking salty mixture and instead begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help hydrate the body and will also aid in the cleansing process. 12. In this process of cleaning one might have to visit the toilet anywhere between 3-5 times, or more. And one important thing to remember is that never should the urge be suppressed and "held in". Rather as soon as the impulse comes one should go straight to the toilet brown and somewhat solid to being yellowish and liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. And once completely clear liquid comes then in this case one can feel assured that indeed the entire digestive track has become clean-- including the intestines, colon, and stomach. Everything has become perfectly clean. 14. And by this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy feeling will consume the body. And one will fell very happy, fresh, and energetic. 15. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. And at that point one can eat 2-3 ripe bananas, depending on the size. But the bananas should be soft and ripe-- not green and hard. 16. And then after taking a few bananas-- and do be careful not to overeat and fill the stomach completely-- then after waiting 25 minutes it is important to again drink some fresh water. This will help in digesting the banana. 17. And thereafter when stronger hunger comes one should take some easily digestible food-- like well-hydrated rice and vegetables, or whatever is conveniently available in your area or locale. But neither strong food like citrus fruit nor heavily spiced or oily food should be taken. These should be avoided and instead more simple food should be eaten. 18. And throughout the day care should be taken to continue to drink fresh water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body hydrated.
One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly individualized thing. And one should be gentle and listen to one's own body when undergoing this entire process. So altogether, this is one very important and a delicate subject; it needs personal interest and proper care to see what is good and working well for you.
I can never forget how in one general darshan, Baba has given the guideline that although animals know how to fast, only humans know how to break their fast properly. And those who are not aware about this technique then they should be taught at the earliest. In that way Baba spoke
Baba says, "When you are in a mood of pleasure, you should distribute it throughout the universe-- let all the hearts of the entire created universe dance in ecstasy. This is the goal of the day: you are for all, you are for the Neo-Humanistic progress of the entire universe." (AFPS-5) Namaskar, Mahesh
In a follow-up email some further points about this important topic of fasting, healthy, and wellness will be sent. At the same time others should also share their insights and experiences
We know that our AM system of fasting is based upon the cycle or phases of the moon. Yet Baba also guides us that when human beings move to other planets then accordingly the system of fasting will be based on that planetary system etc.
********************************************* Present Day Music
Baba says, "The world of music today is like a person without a proper guru or proper training. People want to show they can play without having paid their dues. They are selling themselves for gold without realizing that the real value of music is being lost thereby. Gold is becoming even cheaper than glass. Whenever a ra'gin'ii is a little difficult they only show that they can play the notes without going deep into the music. There is no way of doing this with sindhubhaeravii, the same with mu'lta'nii vasanta (not vasantaba'ha'r), so you no longer hear either one of them." (SC-2, p.129)

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