From An Interview with Shamcher Bryn Beorse
J=Jelaluddin Boru, S=Shamcher
J: Harmony is so much a part of the message. And mastery of the forces within us so much a part of mastering the outer conflict which tends to separate us from our fellow beings… Yet how often we know nothing about how to go about learning self-control. And because of this lack of knowledge a very good intention becomes distorted and our appetites become exaggerated, and then explode outwardly in a very dangerous manner later on…Do you have any practical methods to recommend for the control of appetites, for the balancing of obsession?
S: It is all very, very individual. When I was young I enjoyed fasting. I now know that that is not the right way for everybody. I would fast for two or three weeks, eat nothing, and hardly even drink anything. Now, for some people that would be terrible. But I survived and even worked as usual and felt as strong. Sometimes I felt a little cooler…
The trouble was when I began eating again. The tendency is to eat too much. One should start with very little: an apple or a cracker, for if you eat too much you may destroy all the good effects of the fast.
But the most important effect one gets from a fast is the feeling one starts to get about this body of yours…
WHO is really taking care of it?!
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