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Meher Baba

The body will survive for ninety-five days if one remains only on water. Just as the body feeds on food, so the mind feeds on desires, and indulgence in these desires feeds the mind and the ego. So, by starving the mind of these desires, the ego becomes very thin and weak.

In a physical fast, taking only water ... lust is lessened, but anger and hope are increased. During the first three days of a fast, hunger is marked, depression is strong, anger is strengthened and lust is diminished. From the third to the seventh day, there is a fluctuation in feelings: hunger, depression, anger and lust are all lessened, while hope — for everything — is still strong. On the tenth day, the feelings then swing back, and there is increased hunger and anger. This lasts until the fourteenth day.

Thus, after the fourteenth day, a fast has no spiritual value.

LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 7 & 8, p. 2757, Bhau Kalchuri
1995 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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