Addressing those men who were to fast, Baba stated: (Nov. 1955)
I will give you further instructions tomorrow. Do not think after fasting that you have advanced spiritually on the path! Once, in Andhra, I made a person fast for forty days. Thereafter, he had some inner experience and started allowing people to garland and worship him. He would tell them about his experience, and that drew them to him.
My instructions regarding fasting or about anything else are, although seemingly easy, difficult to practice. In America, this craze of fasting has started and they boast of breaking records.
Fasting does not increase love. No connection exists between them. All austerities, repetition of God’s name [japas], penances, et cetera, are quite apart from this fast I am telling you to do. Therefore, as long as I do not ask you to fast, why should you? If you want to fast on your own, fast in such a way that your stomach remains full while your mind starves! This is the best fast.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4781 – 4782.