The Essene Science of Fasting
The Teachings of Fasts and Abstinence

Fasting is the practice of abstaining from food, either completely or partially, for a specified period of time. It is an ancient practice found in most religions of the world. Recent scientific research suggests that fasting may be healthful and, when engaged in carefully, may bring about heightened states of consciousness and sensibility. Traditionally, fasting has been a widely used form of Asceticism and a penitential practice observed for the purpose of purifying the person or of atoning for sins and wrongdoing.

The Bible mentions fasting 74 times, and Jesus himself fasted frequently, sometimes up to 40 days at a time. Most religions designate certain days of the week or seasons as times of fasting for their adherents. Certain events in the lives of individual persons have been considered appropriate times for fasting. Prayer is also supposed to accompany fasting. 

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Fasting and Abstinence