Before going deep into the discussion of Upavasam, it is quite essential to understand the duties of our body first. As discussed in the previous blogs, according to Dr. Raju, the humans are day predators. We eat, wander and work during the day and sleep at night. Based on this nature of our body, it performs 2 types of duties 1) The day duty and 2) the night duty.
(1) By keeping a fast for the entire day and night, we are allowing our body to clean the waste that is accumulated due to our metabolism.
(2) When the body is clean, the mind remains calm and focused. A focused mind is what we required to grow spiritually. Yogis, Saints and Sages believed that God is found only through meditation. He is found within self. Therefore, they don’t look upwards in the sky or somewhere else for the God. They used to sit, close their eyes and meditate to attain the Universal Bliss. In a poverty ridden country like India, where the majority of population has to struggle for their livelihood, it was not easy to make them meditate. People were suffering from all sorts of miseries and sorrows in life. One can convince a person or group of persons to meditate to eradicate their sorrows. But to convince a large section of the society it was a daunting task. Therefore they had to take support of the Universal force called ‘God’ in order to make the entire community fast at least for a few number of days in a year.
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