It’s that time of year again! The Baha’i Fast, my spiritual version of ‘surya namaskar‘ (saluting the sun). Everyday March 2 – 20 for 19 days Baha’is all over the world fast (no food or water) from sunrise to sunset. My husband and I rise pre-dawn to share breakfast and a few prayers together. Then we watch the sun rise as we finish those lasts bits of water.
I love this time of year -> the Ayyam-i-Ha celebrations leading up to the Fast…the quiet dawn reflections….eating breakfast with my husband everyday….giving my body a rest and detox (I don’t run during the fast)….watching the signs of Spring appearing.
“Fasting is the cause of awakening man. The heart becomes tender and the spirituality of man increases. This is produced by the fact that man’s thoughts will be confined to the commemoration of God, and through this awakening and stimulation surely ideal advancements follow.” ~ Abdu’l-Baha
“This material fast is an outer token of the spiritual fast; it is a symbol of self-restraint, the withholding of oneself from all appetites of the self, taking on the characteristics of the spirit, being carried away by the breathings of heaven and catching fire from the love of God.” ~ Abdu’l-Baha
“It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul.” ~ Shoghi Effendi