Today is the last day of fasting. We are at the end of an awesome experience. We were all excited to finally eat some cooked food after so many days – but we also experienced a wave of sadness, as the time we spent together and all the masti we had was about to become a part of our memories…
Let me tell you what we’ve done for the last 10 days. We started with a strictly controlled diet from the first day, when we ate boiled food, followed by raw food on the second day. Then, from the third to the seventh day, we were just on lemon juice with honey. On the eighth day, we drank sweet lime juice and broke the fast on the ninth day with raw food, followed by an amazing meal of papaya, khichdi, tomato soup and boiled vegetable curry on the last day.
The first bite so delicious! I could feel the taste of every single ingredient. I guess this is how it feels when a hungry man eats anything you give him and thanks you for it. People were morphing into monkeys, protecting their food, trying to snatch food from others as well, eating from their friends’ plates and irritating them – all in a playful way, of course.
Soon after food, we had an argument that led to a carrom bet match to decide tomorrow’s breakfast – puri v/s khichdi, with the puri side leading. Not like we would actually be able to ditch the khichdi, but the match was worth it! It was all about to become a part of past in a matter of time.
Fasting really taught us many things about ourselves.
We have experienced many things that happen in the body – many technical, logical, tremendous physiological processes in the body. Each time I swallowed something, I could feel it moving all the way to the stomach. It was an amazing feeling. Today, at the end of the fast, we feel so energetic, refreshed n rejuvenated – like how a vehicle would feel after a long-awaited service! Every single sip and bite of food was giving us energy. Fruit juices are far better than refined glucose or energy drinks!
We learnt to manage life with minimum requirements, starting with food. It is in fact only after this fast that many of us have realised the real taste of food. Now we can easily choose the right foods to eat and keep ourselves healthy. Many of us realized the real value of food. I’m sure, from today, none of us would ever waste food.
Some of us had what is called a healing crisis, which did create some discomfort, but gradually went away, leaving behind a rejuvenated, refreshed feeling.
We learnt not just about the body, but also about each other. The last ten days have been filled with total masti. Staying with the whole class was awesome. I will sorely miss singing altogether with a guitar strumming in the background, playing cricket, volley ball and football very gently in a small room, twenty of us crowding around one laptop to watch something, all the teasing and irritating, eating with everybody else, connecting as many as five laptops to charge from a single plug point…
I will miss the fun we had observing the changes in each others’ irises, tongue and pulse, taking the daily assessment questionnaire, sitting on the terrace at night with my friends, feeling the cool breeze on my face, sensing the silence as Nature established harmony after every long day, all the gossip in the corridors, playing carrom and chess, singing songs, discussing about the next day’s food!
I feel proud to have been a part of this fast. Nearly a hundred of us have finished a ten-day long fast for the first time, all together. I could have never imagined something like would happen, and I’m honoured to have been a part of it. I wish every person in the world gets a chance to experience this at least once – I say once, but let me tell you, after the first time, you’re hooked. That’s the secret of our trade. That’s the secret of Nature’s trade, rather.
Wish you all a wonderful, healthy life!
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This article is written by Mukund Maheshwari, now in his third year BNYS at SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire. Mukund is inspired to learn Naturopathy and Yoga from a scientific perspective. Mukund can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.