Tips for Fasting...

Jan 2012
217
Pleasant Plains, Arkansas
If you can have scriptual cereal, can I have holy toast? This is for real:

Holy toast! The Jesus toasters that are flying off the shelves this Christmas | Mail Online

This may be over the top, but it is out there and for real.
Haha, Ezekiel 4:9 is a sprouted whole grain cereal. It is named after the passage in Ezekiel (chapter four, verse nine) where it says: "But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself; you shall eat it according to the number of the days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days." The cereal contains all those grains, sprouted. It's quite good, and extremely good for you. As for the Holy Toast... Uhhhhhhh... Am I the only one that thinks that a Jesus toaster seems kind of, idk, blasphemous almost?
 
Jun 2006
4,326
California
John Walbridge on the Baha'i Fast:

Fast ends sunset next Tuesday evening March 20th but there are a few excerpts from some Baha'i sources:


Fasting

by John Walbridge
published in Sacred Acts, Sacred Space, Sacred Time: Baha'i Studies volume 1
Oxford: George Ronald, 1996

Fasting is the voluntary abstention from nourishment, especially as a religious practice. The Bahá'í fast occupies the nineteenth month (`Ala') of the Bahá'í year, 2-20 March. Bahá'ís over the age of fifteen abstain from food and drink each day from sunrise to sunset.


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The Bahá'í fast is established in the Kitab-i-Aqdas1 and occupies much the same preeminent position that it does in Islam. Several passages in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh lay stress on its importance, listing it with the obligatory prayer as among the greatest of the ritual obligations. According to Bahá'u'lláh Himself, the Bahá'í fast is adapted from the fast ordained in the Bayan. ....

Although Bahá'u'lláh accepted the fast of the Bab, He altered the details of its regulations in many important respects. The Bahá'í fast is binding on all believers from the age of maturity, which for Bahá'ís is fifteen, until seventy. There is no provision made for children fasting.

The following individuals are exempted from fasting:

Travellers, providing their journey is to last at least nine hours or two hours on foot. If they break their journey for more than nineteen days, they are only exempt for the first three days after their arrival. If they return home, they must begin fasting on arrival.

The sick.

Women who are pregnant or nursing. Women who menstruating, who must instead repeat the phrase `Glorified be God, the Lord of Splendour and Beauty' ninety-five times between one noon and the next.3

Those engaged in heavy labour, who are advised to be discrete and restrained in availing themselves of this exemption. These groups are also exempted from fasting in Islam.

Bahá'u'lláh does not require missed days of fasting to be made up later, nor does He mention abstention from sexual relations. An individual who is exempt from fasting at any part of a day is exempt from fasting the entire day. Smoking, `Abdu'l-Bahá explained, is called `drinking smoke' in Arabic, and so smoking is banned while one is fasting.4

The fast is binding on Bahá'ís in all countries but it is an individual obligation, not enforceable by Bahá'í administrative institutions. The secondary regulations of fasting, such as the prohibition on smoking, are at present only binding on Bahá'ís of Middle Eastern background.5 Bahá'ís are allowed to fast at other times of the year but as this is not encouraged, it is rarely done. Bahá'u'lláh permitted the making of vows to fast but preferred that such vows be `directed to such objectives as will profit mankind'.6 While in Edirne Bahá'u'lláh revealed a number of prayers for fasting (munajat or alvah-i-siyam), although one of them contains a reference to `Akka. These prayers, some rather lengthy, are the most important statements on the spiritual meaning of the fast in the Bahá'í scripture: for example, `. . . Thou hast bidden all men to observe the fast, that through it they may purify their souls and rid themselves of all attachment to any one but Thee . . .'7 Fasting itself is only acceptable if it is done purely out of love for God.



Notes
1 Bahá'u'lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, para. 10.
2 The Bab, Arabic Bayan 8:18; Persian Bayan 8:18.
3 Bahá'u'lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, para. 13.
4 Bahá'u'lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, n. 32.
6 Bahá'u'lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, question 71.
7 Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations, p. 79.

for the complete article see:

Fasting
 
Jun 2006
4,326
California
I don’t think it is in the Writings. Am I right?
Anton,

Thanks for your post..! Here's what I found about fasting and the love of God...

O army of God! A letter signed jointly by all of you hath been received. It was most eloquent and full of flavour, and reading it was a delight.

Ye had written of the fasting month. Fortunate are ye to have obeyed the commandment of God, and kept this fast during the holy season. For 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, Selections from the Writings of Abdul-Baha, p. 69
 
Sep 2011
193
Russia
Thanks!

Fasting itself is only acceptable if it is done purely out of love for God.
So, if I’m fasting say 97% out of love for God, 2% out of obedience and 1% out of fear of God, my fasting will not be accepted? That is harsh!
:)
 
Jun 2006
4,326
California
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Sep 2012
361
Panama
...If you're a statistician....
Actually we need to consider how this Saturday will be the second Saturday of the fast and while tomorrow is only the first Friday of the fast the next Friday is the last one. What that means is that tomorrow is the last fast first day and next week is the fast first last day.

Howzat?
 
Sep 2010
4,652
Normanton, Far North West Queensland
Thanks!
So, if I’m fasting say 97% out of love for God, 2% out of obedience and 1% out of fear of God, my fasting will not be accepted? That is harsh!
:)
Yes we must always look to the writings as to the wisdom of the Fast, not to why Man thinks it must be so. :happy:

If you read the writings and decide to obey the law for any of your given reasons, that is for Love, for Obedience or for Fear of God. Then I would say you have achieved what is required :cool:

All those three attributes are required & very desirable. :yes:

Regards Tony