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There are hordes of migratory atoms that infest our atmospheric sheath and seek to build therein colonies that will disturb it. This is the cause of much of man’s woes; for they impress the node points of our atmospheric sheath with their demands and desires. It is to render himself immune from these parasitic conditions that the Yogi will often fast for some days. This starves and dislodges them. He will fast until he clears his atmosphere. By fasting we do not mean abstention from water; in fact he should drink quantities for cleansing and purifying.As to prayer: all forms are useful. Traditional muslim prayers are beautiful.
Fasting should never be attempted when conditions are unfavourable, and it is best done under the observation of a teacher.
Meat eaters find it difficult to fast; for the meat gives these migratory atoms a more secure hold, therefore meat eaters suffer much from fasting, but vegetarians suffer little.
Fasting brings great enjoyment to the Worker atoms in the blood; for they are no longer crowded with animal structures that oppose them. - M, The Dayspring of Youth