Ekadashi fasting and autophagy by doctor Srinivasulu.
This year's Nobel prize for medicine has gone to a Japanese scientist Doctor Yoshinori Ohsumi for his research on autuphagy.Autophagy means to " self eat". In other words, the process by which the human body eats its own damaged cells and unused proteins. Autophagy is a natural process and also one which occurs in case of starvation.The failure of Autophagy is one of the main reasons for accumulation of damaged cells which eventually leads to various diseases in the body.Autophagy is important to prevent and fight cancer also plays vital role in degrading and consuming cells infected by bacteria and viruses. We have to observe here that ancient India had recommended a practice of Ekadashi fasting one day in a fortnight.Many of us religiously follow this practice to this day as a penance for spiritual progress without any idea of the biological and therapeutic benefits of this practice.Through this process of fasting induced Autophagy,our body repaired its damaged and degenerated cells or used up the proteins of the damaged cells for its survival.whenever modern science conquers a frontier in any field,it somehow relates back to a quaint spiritual practice followed in India for generations.A day in a fortnight spent in prayer and divine contemplation was a tonic for mind and soul while the practice of fasting ensured that the body would heal and rejuvenate itself.Clearly ,our ancients believed in a process of holistic healing of both the body and the mind.They were able to, quite remarkably , connect the yearning for spiritual progress in a human being with the biological necessity of the human body.one cannot but marvel , and bow our heads with admiration and reverence ,at the wisdom and deep scientific understanding of the body and mind. Jayaho Ekadashi Fasting. what for meditation,Upanishad,puja,vigraha aradhana ,yoga and japa etc. the answer is god is everywhere.that is within me also.To experience the bliss of god ,one needs puja,vigraha aradhana,yagna,yoga,meditation,Upanishad and bhagavadgita. Jayaho Our ancient rishis.Jayaho Ekadashi Fasting.