Belief, for some people it is not a just word, its something around which their life revolves. If we talk about typical Religious people, they believe blindly in every creation of God whether it’s good or bad. All the things created by God are only meant for the benefit of the people and one of them is “FASTING” or “VRATA” or “VRAT”.
Vrata is a practice of austerity often undertaken as a religious belief to please Lord. It includes several religious factors such as fasting, praying, the charity with certain regulations on eating, drinking etc. It is basically a diet trend that people often consider as a powerful remedy to overcome obstacles in life.
According to Hindu mythology, fasting is the most important religious activity for the accomplishment of any desire or task. It may include various aspects of life such as health, property issues, career, business, the flow of income, legal matters etc. However, one who is observing fast is bound to follow every aspect of it otherwise it might affect you negatively.
Undoubtedly, Astrology holds a very important place in the lives of the people, especially in the Hindu religion. All of us experience good and bad times in our lives and in many situations, Astrology gives us a helping hand to face any situation that is creating hurdles in our lives. However, there is quite a significant relationship between Astrology and fasting or you can also say fasting is a spiritual tool of Astrology.
When a person fasts according to his or her birth, it becomes a very vital practice which helps you fulfil your all desires and wishes. Not only this, if a person is going through unfavourable planetary effects it helps to overcome all the bad effects and brings prosperity to your lives. Both male and female can perform Vrata but they need to maintain sanctity.
The Sanskrit word for fast is ‘Upa-Vaas’, which means staying close to God. It is an ancient practice derived from Sanskrit literature in which person distances himself from the material world for a day and devotes himself to God. In simpler words, fasting is an act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time.
Most of the times, people observe fast to overcome the malefic effects of Sun, Moon, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Rahu and Ketu. However, there are different days assigned for different planets to observe fast. Like:
Fasting is related to the process of digestion. When a person fasts the digestive energy gets activated that changes the mechanism of our overall body structure. According to Astrology, when we eat a lesser amount of food, it helps to raise our planetary positions for the day. When we take a resolve to fast, we are also strengthening our mind from temptation which otherwise is an impossible task.
Our eating habits are connected to the 2nd house and 12th house is the house of fasting. In fact, fasting is the best remedy for the 12th house of loss. Moreover, when a person observes fast for its ruling planet it’s following all the rituals, it helps to overcome relationships problems and loss in business or property etc.
No doubt, food is the basic necessity for human beings to survive. But food only satisfies our hunger but fasting brings deep relaxation to our inner soul and purifies our mind. In fact, we should use the day of fasting for self-study and inner exploration by meditation. However, it is very necessary to follow all the aspects and rituals of fasting.
Mahashivratri: It is considered as the day of Lord Shiva. Fasting during this times detoxifies the body and purifies our mind. It is said that you can only please Lord Shiva through meditation and that can be only achieved through Fasting.
Navratri: It is celebrated twice a year at the time of spring (Vasant and Sharadiya). Fasting during this time preserves our body from unnatural seasonal shifts. It is a great remedy for our inner body and brings relaxation to our minds.
Ekadashi: It is the 11th day after the new Moon that holds very much significance especially in India. It happens twice per month and people observe fast to overcome digestion problems, sickness and other diseases. Fasting on this day is a great remedy to purify yourself, brings inner wisdom and helps you to get in touch with your inner soul.
Full Moon: Observing fast on full Moon and New Moons is believed to reduce acidic content from our body. It increases the circulation of blood, maintains metabolism rate and restores mind balance.
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