July 22, 2024

The fasting for the Baha’i started too

At the beginning of this month (March), followers of the Baha’i Faith commenced 19 days of fasting, followed by celebrations marking the start of a new Baha’i year. Interestingly, this year, Muslims will also commence fasting around mid-March, coinciding with the Christian observance of Lent. With the timing of Ramadan changing yearly, such overlaps with other religious practices prompt contemplation on the potential divine significance.

Millions will abstain from food, drink, and earthly desires, channeling their energies towards spiritual growth, charitable acts, and aiding the less fortunate. Dawn prayers, highly recommended in the Baha’i Faith, symbolize a time of intimate connection with the Divine, akin to birds drawn to the fragrance of flowers at dawn.

The concept of intermittent fasting, once viewed as unconventional, has gained traction in recent times due to its purported health benefits. While some may have initially questioned the wisdom of prolonged fasting, modern healthcare advisors now endorse extended periods of abstinence, with fasting durations sometimes reaching up to 16 hours. This convergence of ancient religious practices with contemporary health advice underscores the value of age-old wisdom in fostering well-being.

In the pursuit of spiritual and physical discipline, moderation is key. While extreme fasting practices exist, such as those observed by some Indian priests, moderation and balance are advocated. Fasting, when undertaken with detachment and moderation, can translate into actions that benefit others, embodying the spirit of selflessness and compassion.

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