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what is the difference between ekadashi vrat (11 th day) and shiv pradosh vrat (13th day). I read somewhere that fasting occasionally increases metabolism and fasting over a period of time (like ramzan fast for a month) reduces metabolism. which is recommended.

1. The body of the common man is high on toxins and therefore vulnerable to frequent illness. Occasional fasting rests the digestive system along with the other systems and cleanses these to some extent. All religious practices advocating an occasional fast are hence devised as a flushing and cleansing operation. This in turn harmonizes metabolism and produces equilibrium.

2. Fasting also helps the common man set aside some time from the mundane things of life and focus on God during those special days. This in turn helps him gradually develop 'Indriya Nigraha' (control of the senses (taste) and thereby other senses).

3. In case of the Yogi who practices unbroken Brahmacharya with 'Mitahara' (moderation in diet & all other things), the body gets completely purified in a couple of years. Such a Yogi who constantly meditates in the thought of the self does not need to fast as he is already in equilibrium.

Fasting when taken recourse to should be short, occasional and never long. Long fasts eat into 'Ojas' and destroy the body.

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(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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