Joy of Fasting

Fasting has undoubtedly been largely associated in the thought of humanity with asceticism. The belief that there is some virtue in deliberately abstaining from certain practices not considered in themselves as harmful or injurious, and even, according to the human estimate, regarded as good, has prevailed among some classes of people, the main thing apparently being the voluntary renunciation of a thing regarded as desirable.

When, after healing the epileptic boy, Christ Jesus said to his disciples, "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting," he linked these two mental processes together,—for mental they most assuredly are,—as they had never been linked before. As a matter of fact, there can be no true prayer without fasting; as there can be no true fasting without prayer. The two are interdependent. The individual who is learning how to pray is also learning how to fast. Through prayer he feeds upon the bread of Life. By fasting he abstains from indulgence in material beliefs, and rejoices in so doing, as he more clearly realizes the truth of being.

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