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Upav Sa (Fasting) in Indian Tradition

Padma S. Kalyani Buridi

Published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
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Title: Upav Sa (Fasting) in Indian Tradition

Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

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Paperback. 216 pages. Dimensions: 8.7in. x 5.9in. x 0.5in.Fasting on festivals and other days of religious significance is not new to Indians. On certain occasions like thread ceremony, marriage or death in the family, an Indian shaves (tonsures) his head. This is even done while visiting an important shrine normally in fulfillment of a boon e. g. at the Tirupati shrine in Southern India. It may even surprise us to see people walking over hot coals, puncturing cheeks, ears and tongue, etc. That could be the origin of such strange practices which are a part of worship. Many take recourse to fasting in their pursuit of self-realization. Whether used as a means to overcome bodily desire and develop self-control or as an instrument to transcend body and accentuate spirit, there are few practices more popular than fasting. Upavsa is another name for fasting. Upa means near and vsa mean to stay. So we can take it that it takes us to the proximity of God. Fasting in Hinduism indicates the denial of the physical needs of the body for the sake of spiritual gains. According to the scriptures, fasting helps create an attunement with the Absolute by establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the soul. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783659381249

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Synopsis: Fasting on festivals and other days of religious significance is not new to Indians. On certain occasions like thread ceremony, marriage or death in the family, an Indian shaves (tonsures) his head. This is even done while visiting an important shrine normally in fulfillment of a boon e.g. at the Tirupati shrine in Southern India. It may even surprise us to see people walking over hot coals, puncturing cheeks, ears and tongue, etc. That could be the origin of such strange practices which are a part of worship. Many take recourse to fasting in their pursuit of self-realization. Whether used as a means to overcome bodily desire and develop self-control or as an instrument to transcend body and accentuate spirit, there are few practices more popular than fasting. Upav?sa is another name for fasting. Upa means near and v?sa mean to stay. So we can take it that it takes us to the proximity of God. Fasting in Hinduism indicates the denial of the physical needs of the body for the sake of spiritual gains. According to the scriptures, fasting helps create an attunement with the Absolute by establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the soul.

About the Author: Dr.Buridi Padma S. Kalyani was born and brought up in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. She completed her B.Ed, M.A(Philosophy),M.A (Sociology) and was awarded Ph.D from Andhra University. Now she is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow (Indian Council of Philosophical Research) in the department of Philosophy, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, A.P.

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