Health and spiritual practice
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When in good health, every Ananda Margii should observe a complete fast on the appropriate fasting days. For householders, the fasting days are the eleventh day (ekádashii) after both the new moon (amávasyá) and the full moon (púrńimá). For renunciates, the fasting days are ekádashii, amávasyá, and púrńimá. In other words, householders fast twice in a lunar month, and renunciates fast four times in a lunar month. The extra time and attention from not eating should be dedicated to contemplation of the Supreme (upavása, living near the Lord).
This practice gives the digestive system a complete rest and protects against the loss of mental equilibrium.
- Ananda Marga fasting dates for 2018-2021 (calculated by Madhusudhana)