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For Optimal Health-- Part V

From: "Mirabai _" To: Subject: For Optimal Health-- Part V Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:37:16==02 -0700 Baba "Iisha'n toma'r vis'a'n' bejeche, alasata' dure sare geche..." (P.S. 2496) Purport: Baba, Your divine call and thundering voice is resonating all around & has removed the staticity, dogma, and lethargy from everyone's mind. Those negative things which were impeding the path of human progress have disappeared into the far distant horizon. Now the degenerated state of dogma cannot remain any longer. Living beings have gotten new life, smiles, and joy due to the rejuvenating spirit of Neo-Humanism. The world which was sleeping in the past is getting awakened. New leaves and flowers are beautifying the green vegetation and trees. Everything has been filled with the colours of flowers & fruits-- ensconced in the feeling of service to one and all. Now there are no narrow sentiments or dogmatic thoughts which can hinder our forward movement. Now there is no one to create obstacles on our path towards our cherished Goal. The time has come that, under this free sky and beautiful environment, I should go on marching forward undauntedly towards You. O' Parama Purusa...
Namaskar, Note: One WT has published "tips" how to break fast and those are reviewed in this below posting.
All around the globe there is a growing interest, and even fascination, in human health & wellness. People are trying innumerable types of tonics, diets, pills, surgeries, procedures, and remedies to increase their quality of life. But unfortunately most of the public guidelines are improper and push innocent people in the wrong direction. By Baba's divine grace we Ananda Margiis are in a unique position. Because He has graciously bestowed on us all the inner secrets and special tips for living a long and prosperous life. Among these many wonderful guidelines, one very helpful process is Baba's unique system of fasting & breaking fast-- as it cleanses and purifies the entire body. In the general society most have never even heard of fasting, or never tried it. And those who have done it often proceed via improper instructions, thus causing more harm than good. However in Ananda Marga Baba has blessed us with the perfect and ultimate system.
As every Ananda Margiis is well aware, Baba's expressed teaching is to fast from sunrise to sunrise-- thus giving the body's organs ample time for complete rest and rejuvenation. This is one unique aspect. And another speciality of the AM system of fasting is the special emphasis which Baba places on breaking fast properly. On numerous occasions Baba Himself has told that animals know how to fast but only humans know how to break fast. The point being that there is a definite and proper way to break fast-- and this is how the toxins get removed. Thus a wrong technique such as haphazardly breaking fast or prematurely filling the body with food will ruin the entire detoxification process. Hence Baba has put forth the idea that everyone should follow a rational and systematic approach for breaking fast. And as a review here are a few of those teachings.
[A] Baba guides us that we should give ourselves plenty of time the morning of breaking fast to attend to our spiritual practices and as well as for the actual process of breaking fast. Doing everything in a rushed or hurried manner and then running off to the office or catching a bus is not at all advisable. Instead that will just create more problems as the body is in a very delicate state and needs proper time to be re-hydrated and energized. Hence as most of us require less sleep the night of fasting we should rise early the next morning to give ourselves a maximum amount of time. [B] Another invaluable guideline which Baba has given us is the great emphasis He places on drinking water and hydrating the body. Baba says, "To maintain the internal functions of the body without hindrance and to maintain the internal liquid balance, everyone should drink a sufficient quantity of water." (YT, Appendix A) And Baba continues to explain that on normal day a healthy person should drink 3-4 liters as a baseline. So on breaking fast morning when the body is dehydrated it is obvious that we should also drink a very "generous" amount of water-- and not just a single glass. And, as we have all experienced, on the morning of breaking fast drinking an ample amount of water fulfills two distinct purposes. Firstly by ingesting a minimum of 2-3 liters of lemon salt water then the body is able to cleanse itself from top to bottom. The toxins are pulled from the entire body and the entire length of the digestive track is made sparkling clean. Thereafter by drinking fresh water the second task is accomplished. And that is to re-hydrate the body because after a 36 hour dry fast the body is in need of water. Thus after cleaning the body with lemon salt water one must drink another liter or two of fresh water to properly hydrate the body. As others have described before, this two-fold process of water drinking has to be completed prior to taking any solid food. [C] When the body is cleansed and hydrated then one can eat a few ripe bananas by chewing them properly to promote smooth and easy digestion. This will give some calories to energize the body and when these bananas have properly settled in the stomach (approximately 20-25 minutes) one should again drink water before taking a light meal of well hydrated rice and vegetables or other food commonly available in your locale. [D] So these are some of the key points yet no doubt there are various other detailed steps about breaking fast that others have already written about.
The grand outcome of all of this is a dynamic and wonderful cleansing process which consumes the entire body. Baba says, "As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of the body gets destroyed and expelled." (CC-3) Thus by Baba's complete system of fasting and breaking fast all the toxins get removed and the body becomes vibrant and pure.
Unfortunately in one small corner of our present day AM society, one WT is preaching and publishing something different which runs counter to Baba's perfectly prescribed system and guidelines. For the awareness of all and to clear the matter entirely, we should all be aware about the defective approach being advocated by this WT.
Our WT wrote: "Break the fast the next morning after sunrise with a glass of lemon juice (about 1/4 of a fresh lemon in a glass of water), with a little salt or honey." Needless to say drinking only a single glass of lemon water on the morning of breaking fast will never ever suffice. That is like placing a tiny drop of water in the desert. Because a mere small glass of water is nothing compared to what the body really needs. Not to mention that one cannot cleanse the body with that paltry amount of fluid either. In which case all the toxins, previously undigested food, and other waste material will just sit and linger in the body. And those dirty substances will release their negative microvita throughout the entire body since they could not get expelled from the body. Thus on multiple accounts this incorrect guideline of drinking only 1 glass of water is totally wrong and harmful as it goes against Baba's expressed teachings. So no one should do like this and we should warn others also. Because unfortunately one WT published this faulty suggestion in their book.
Then that same WT wrote: "Then eat 1/2 or a whole banana slowly, biting off small pieces and swallowing them whole without chewing." So after drinking only 8 ounces or 1/4 liter of water, now this WT is recommending to eat a banana without chewing it. Yet for sound health, Baba's explicit teaching in Yogic Treatments book is that all the food taken into the body must be digested properly. And part and parcel of this process is chewing since this act of chewing awakens and stimulates the digestive enzymes and produces saliva in the mouth-- thus allowing for proper digestion. But on this most sensitive time of taking the first solid food after a fast, our WT is putting in black and white that one must not chew their food. So this is another "faux pas" or negative guideline given that is oppostional to Baba's teaching.
The WT writer then recommends: "If possible, wait a 1/2 hour and then eat your breakfast." So lastly, after not cleaning or hydrating at all, and after not chewing a banana, now the guideline has come to eat breakfast after just a short gap of time, or even right away if one does not have an adequate amount of time. Without question, this type of thing will create one "train-wreck" in the stomach. Because in that dehydrated state unchewed food is being mixed with a full meal of new food and that is all getting mixed into one mass along with the toxins and waste that never got released from the system. All of which spells disaster for any human being. No doubt this is not what Baba means when He says that we should break fast in a proper way.
This WT erred from the path because they tried to invent their own way that was not at all consonant with Baba's guidelines. Otherwise what can be the cause. And even worse is that they put those things in print-- thus misguiding all. So before following anyone's professed recommendations we should always evaluate how far those things are truly proper or not. This is Baba's warning. Baba says, "Whatever people learn from the external world-- be it from a book of facts or a learned discourse, or any source of knowledge-- is 'prapta vakya' or 'relative knowledge'. It is sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect." (PNS-18, p. 6-7) Thus in the world there a countless books full of wrong information like the section of that book about breaking fast written by our WT.
Baba's teachings are best. They are the Supreme Guideline. Thus whether in the realm of sadhana or fasting, by following His way we will always proceed along the road of progress and welfare. Baba says, "Knowledge directly from the Cosmic Mind is true and beneficial for all people in all ages and in all countries. It is called 'apta vakya' or absolute knowledge. The books in Ananda Marga [i.e. Baba's books] are all absolute knowledge." (PNS-18) Namaskar, Mirabai
As a general rule, it is important not to overeat and stuff oneself the night before fasting. Certainly we have all seen how this is a common tendency; but this type of overeating is to be avoided as it delays or even disturbs the body's cleansing process and makes it difficult or even impossible to break fast properly. So to maximize the benefits of a fast one should take care about the quantity of food taken the evening prior.
It is highly unfortunate that the involved WT has written these misguided ideas in a published book that has been translated into multiple languages and circulated all around the globe. Hence the problem or tragedy is two-fold, at minimum. Firstly, hundreds or even thousands of readers have already been misinformed and anyone following those printed suggestions has been taught the wrong technique for breaking fast-- thus causing them harm and difficulty. So the book was written to help others yet here the opposite effect is happening. Next, when this point of breaking fast is wrong then simple readers may think that all the points in the book are wrong. This would be a natural conclusion to arrive at. In which case the common people may also blame that the book's recommendation of a vegetarian diet is also harmful. Thus this is another negative outcome or possibility. And worst of all is that these mistakes committed by this WT were done in the name of Ananda Marga. Because the book itself was printed by AM Publications; and not only that but Baba's name appears in countless places throughout the book. So naive readers will be misled to believe that the faulty recommendation given by the WT for breaking fast is consistent with or part of Baba's divine teachings of AM. Thus the public will form a poor opinion in that regard also. Means the sloppy and misguided work of this WT reflects negatively on our Marga. This is the yet another tragedy. When in fact in all the spheres from relief work to meditation to human health we are trying to project Baba's Supreme and seamless teachings to the general society in the best way possible yet this WT's book is going against.
The WT who has given these "recommendations" for breaking fast is Didi Ananda Mitra. She is the one who is misguiding others on this sensitive issue of breaking fast. Because it is in her book "Food for Thought" ('91 Edn, pp. 78-9) that contains all these wrongful and indeed harmful directives.
*************************************** Dharma & Adharma
Baba says, "Everyone should sit on equal seats for dharmacakra and meals." (CC-2, 'Miscellaneous', Point #1) (Whoever becomes the new / next PP, whenever it gets decided, should not fall prey to what the old PP did - see below) 1. According to Baba's above teaching, we all sit on equal seats during collective spiritual programs like dharmacakra and during various social gatherings such as collective meals. 2. However since 1990 they instituted the dogmatic policy that PP Dada need not follow Baba's above mandate. So out of fear of losing his prestige-- even when he was hearty and healthy-- PP Dada never sat on an equal seat during dharmacakra, Guru Puja etc. 3. But by going against Baba's aforementioned teaching, it is the sad reality that after 1990 PP becaome totally degenerated. 4. By such tragic circumstances, everyone can understand that dharma-- i.e. Baba's teachings-- must always be followed. Baba guides us, "Dharma raksati raksitah: One who protects dharma is protected by dharma." (NSS, Disc 11)

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