From a recent Heartfulness newsletter…

“Autophagy happens when we fast, so that the body has an opportunity to rejuvenate. Otherwise we are always busy assimilating and metabolising food. You see, Ekadashi has a logic behind it, a scientific reason behind it. When you observe the tides in the oceans of the Earth – the high tide and low tide – they are in sync with the lunar cycle. Now, our body is almost 70% water so imagine what the lunar cycle does to our system. Its effect starts becoming pronounced from the eighth day, and by the fifteenth day the effect is maximum. So, to nullify the lunar effect we fast on the eleventh day, which is the midpoint. Farmers also use the farmer’s almanac based on the cycles of the moon to plant above-ground crops, vine crops, root crops and grains, clear ground etc. All living creatures respond to the lunar cycles.”

Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha | Aum Shanti


Ekadashi And Daaji

From early October I found a post published to “From The Desk of Daaji” where he spoke to us about fasting and the regularly-occurring observance associated to Ekadashi and, as one would expect, he does really well at relating the practice of fasting (specifically the fasting of Ekadashi) to our practice in Heartfulness and the work involved there.

Every once in a while, I’ll be reminded by readers that it’s important to include definitions and context with regard to some of the vocab you might see here on Sthapati Samanvayam – especially because I use many “Hindu” words which are often from the Sanskrit language. I’m happy to tell you in this post that Daaji has made all that effort for me and you should feel confident to read the publication to “Daaji’s Desk” and know that you will understand fully.

One word I’d like to address just briefly, though, is autophagy, which you’ll find mentioned in the article. Here in the USA (and I’m sure really anywhere else the word would be used these days) the word autophagy would strictly fall within the medical / scientific realm and would be encountered almost nowhere else. Daaji certainly explains autophagy, and given his background in the medical field, he’s certainly qualified to explain such a word. But for me this really was a key part of the article I found. It’s a kind of alchemy, it seems. I also find it to be a fantastic pointer to the intelligence inherent everywhere in the universe and within everything inside it.

The wonder in it all is a truth I’ve known from the first time I read the Bhagavad Gita and started learning the dark-n-wondrous things of my chosen religion: Nothing is wasted. Ever. And what’s more is that we’re able (and required) to rise from our own ashes (even if it takes numerous attempts!), to make something better than what was before it – from what was before it. This is a source of immense hope to the Hindu and to the Heartfulness abhyasi.

Click HERE to read the post. It won’t take you long.

Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha

Aum Shanti

Lunar Effects




Daaji was offering a different perspective to the society on festivals, culture and the rituals that people observe. Some of the conversation centred around the article on Lord Ganesha, which was very well received across media channels.

Q: There are days like Ekadashi. Do they have a special significance?

Daaji: Yes! Ekadashi days have a very special significance for health. They were connected with religion for the sole purpose of health and well-being. Had this not been associated with religion, common people would not have followed such dictums.

It is good to moderate the intake of food on these days. It is to counter the impact of the moon on the human body. Our body is about 60-70% water. You can see the impact of the moon on water in the oceans. It is significant. On full moon nights there are tides rising up to 20 feet, maybe even 30 feet.

Similarly, the moon has an impact on the human system also. Especially during the full moon, records show that criminal activity is higher than usual. The term ‘lunatic’ comes from the lunar effect on the human nervous system. Our sages must have observed this.

From the 8th day of the lunar cycle, the effect starts growing and reaches its peak on the 15thday. Midway between these two is the 11th day, Ekadashi. If you moderate your intake on that day, you will neutralize the lunar impact on your system.

Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha | Aum Shanti