Sai Baba`s teachings on fasting

As described in Chapter XXXII of ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’ ,in quest of Guru and God; Baba disapproved fasting. Baba never fasted Himself, nor did He allow others to do so.

Baba said, “The mind of the person who fasts is never at ease, then how could he attain his Paramartha (goal of life). God is not attained on an empty stomach; first the soul has to be appeased. If there be no food in the stomach and nutrition, with what eyes should we see God, with what tongue should we describe His greatness and with what ears should we hear the same. In short, when all our organs get their proper nutrition and are sound, we can practise devotion and other sadhanas to attain God. Therefore, neither fasting nor over-eating is good. Moderation in diet is really wholesome, both to the body and mind”.

Baba told that “One should feed blind, deaf, dumb and distressed persons first and one`s own family members and relative afterwards”.

Annadan was one of the priorities in Sai Baba`s humanity.

Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

Shirdi Sai devotee

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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9 Responses to Sai Baba`s teachings on fasting

  1. Good morning Dr.Panda,
    Very Nice posting you have.

    Respected Sir,
    I have never gone to have darshan of God by fasting from my childhood to till date.

    My father says “Aatmaaa Kushale Sarva Sidhhi”, that doesn’t indicate to Selfishness, but means to achieve goals.Our soul needs satisfactory environment. Thus, one doesn’t get something without complete health and to get a complete health, body needs timely inputs.

    Some of the followers of Lord Jagannath in Puri believe as a fact that the Bada Panda or Puja Panda getting all foods similar before dedicating “Maha Prasad”. It’s because, one day Bada Panda had gone to dedicate “Maha Prasad” to Lord Jaganaath with empty stomach; and he could not see Lord during “Naibedya” as usual.

    In the other hand my father says also that “Khai Khai le Jamara Bheta”. It actual means to maintain balance in our diets is much necessary and as I am a physical trainer, I always advise my disciples to obey these things.

    Om Sai Ram,
    Jai Jagannath,
    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Great words, indeed.
    True spirituality is not in denial to self; but rather in sharing and caring.

  3. Baba must have guided people in some reference to context, may be more of devotees were undernourished.

    As a surgeon I shall prefer to say that one should be balanced in our habits. One should neither over eat nor be undernourished.

    Fasting is not good for undernourished or appropriately nourished people.

    It is of great advantage to obese people or for not that disciplined in eating. Fasting, not only provides rest to gut but benefits tremendously to overweight or obese people.

    If a person overeats, he should balance it by fasting.

    Fasting for a day may not be what God meant, probably he referred fasting as a mode of worship or protest which is mandatory in many religions, say Rojas (Fasting for 30 days) in Islam.

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thanks Sir,
    I could know about view of Baba on fasting.

    In Bhagbad Gita also, it is mentioned that fasting with giving pain to body or overeating ; sleeplessness or oversleeping are not good.

  5. V.Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    It’s a good article for every body to know aboout fasting, but in many religions fasting is mandatory in particular festive occasions, during the month of Karthik (November) most of the people and mainly females strictly obey fasting on Mondays and at least on Karthika Purnima either the whole day and night or atleast one time.

    Fasting may be required to some extent or occasionally for fatty people or who are eating more.In many healthy practices like Yoga, Exercises, Meditation; people normally practice with Empty Stomach.

    As per Shirdi Sainath’s advices (Both Health and Peace point of view ); Fasting might be harmful towards Physical Strength and Mental Happiness.

    With Regards,

  6. As per norm followed in medical science, not taking food and water for 24hrs.or more is termed as fasting ( going hungry ) which may have adverse effect on physical or mental condition of an individual.

  7. Shankarsan Joshi says:

    Respected Dada,

    I read your article and very much impressed and came to know some thing about reality of life.In this busy life the only way out is ” BABA SARANAM”.I used to go to our nearest Sai Mandir in Brajrajnagar.

    Please always send me email & sms about new publication in Yoga and Spirituality.


  8. It is a great pleasure on my part to inform the readers and viewers that the article Fasting And Spirituality authored by me has been published in Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi; internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai; in its Year No.6 Month No.5 February 2011 issue in English Section.The same article captioned as Sai Baba`s teachings on fasting was first published on January 13, 2011 in Yoga and Spirituality.

  9. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Sai Baba `s teaching on fasting has strong emphasis that cuts blind belief to merge with God being adhered to fasting . Baba pointed out that fasting is adverse in spirituality and it is also authenticated by science. See how Baba had magnetic power to satiate the blind devotees, who were indulged in fasting to get him as Almighty.His advice is to remain hale and hearty and engage the mind to be obedient to spirit and this is called complete surrender to Almighty.

    With regards
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik

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