The idea of fasting comes up in several different religions which makes me think that there's more to it than meets the eye.Ritual fasting in Hinduism seems to fall mainly into two purposes: pleasing the Gods and focusing the soul.A lot of the stories show the benefits of currying favor with the Gods. When people perform austerities to an impressive enough degree, they are rewarded with favors from the Gods.At the same time, the wise men suggest that these austerities, such as f … [Read more...]

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