Sattvic Food for Beginners: Meditative food
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About the diet:
Food made in Pure consciousness in Meditative state is fresh and is consumed when made fresh. Its food which is high in quality light to digest and keeps soul nourished.
It is important to cook the food in right consciousness in a meditative state.
Saatvik is derived from a Sanskrit word “Sattva”. Sattva is a concept from Indian Yogic philosophy. It means one that is pure, true, ethical, energetic, clean, strong, wise and vital. Thus, a Saatvik diet is meant to include foods which comply to its meaning. The meaning also extends to the eating habits; like the habit of eating in moderation
Why are onion and garlic excluded from this diet?
Garlic and onion and other vegetables from the same family are not included because as per Ayurveda, they induce aggravation, agitation, anxiety and aggression. Thus, they are harmful physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And also, for the simple reason that they produce offensive breath and body odour. This fact is even recognized by the Chinese culture, which is as old as our civilization.
How Food affects us as per Bhagwat Geeta. We the human have been made to believe that say about 200 gm of food that we eat during a day doesn’t affect us much. Hence we should always rely on the supplement and our celebrities endorse these products too. Such as, 10 mg of Revital can do wonder for you and you should eat anything and everything and after that, you can have Gelusil or Digene, but it is damn wrong.
Food affects everything that we do, right from our thinking process, our physical health to our agility. Our body can give output only if it has the right input. Shri Krishna has beautifully explained in Gita about the same for which I am going to share a few insights.
Sattvik food is defined as food that increases a person’s age, intellect, strength, immunity, and brings cheerfulness and provide a stable heart which ultimately provides a stable mind should have the following characteristics: it should be juicy i.e it should have five taste i.e. Sweet, Salty, bitter, pungent i.e. chilli, Sour i.e. something like imli, it should be lubricious i.e. it should have animal fat like ghee or vegetable oil, it should reside in the body for some time (i.e. fibrous ), and it should be acceptable to the body (i.e. it should not cause nausea, dandruff, hair fall bloating, depression, maniac or make you feel shaky etc) & this type of food is preferred by a person who is Satvik (i.e. a True Gentleman). Chapter 17 Verse 8
Here Juicy also implies that the grain should develop some of its own natural juice because flour such as wheat, sorghum or any other are basically kept in storage for a long time. To be kept in storage for such a long time it is required to keep them dry, so they don’t spoil quickly by the microorganism present in the air. To make them acceptable to our body we should inhibit life in the flour by fermenting the flours with the help of curd, salt and milk hence generating a natural juice in them it is called sourdough and sprouting the pulses.
The obvious reason is that, for God-realisation, which is the ultimate goal of human life, having a physical body is extremely important. For the physical body to remain healthy, the diet has to be nutritious. Besides being nutritious, if the diet is sattvik (Sattva-predominant) also, then it helps in enhancing the Sattva component. Increase in the Sattva component within the body smoothens the passage to God realisation.
1. A sattvik diet makes our body, mind and intellect sattvik; whereas, consuming meat and alcohol makes an individual tamasik (Tama-predominant). In reality, a non-vegetarian diet is just not the diet of human beings. God has not created non-vegetarian food for human beings. Modern dieticians do not state clearly, which among the vegetarian or non-vegetarian diets, is superior. Their grasp of the subject fails to transcend the knowledge of vitamins, calories and proteins. Alcohol cannot even be categorised as food. This series of articles elaborates on the harmful effects of consuming non-vegetarian food and alcohol, and the distress caused by negative energies through their medium. We would like to stress here that the modern science fails to give due consideration to the sattvikta (Sattva-predominance; Purity) in the food, the way spiritual science does. Today, modern medical science is unable to find the root cause of many ailments. For this, a thought needs to be given to ‘contradictory diet’. ‘Contradictory diet’ means consuming a harmful mixture of two or more ingredients; for example rice + milk + salt.
If the importance of a sattvik diet and the harmful effects of tamasik diet are revealed to mankind, it will help make the life of individuals happy.
2. Diet in Kaliyug
‘Dietary habits in Kaliyug (Era of strife) are completely dominated by Raja-Tama-predominant acts. Hence, the diet is no more an act supported by achars (Conducts); instead, it has become inauspicious due to its existence through the perverted nature of people. Diet today is completely influenced by the Tama-predominant western culture, and hence, it has transformed into a perversion that nourishes the demons.
3. Importance of a sattvik diet ( Satvik food )
The satvik food develops sattvik pinda (Subtle-body). The sattvik pinda is required for spiritual progress. When the diet is Tama-predominant, the body (that functions on Tama-predominant diet) becomes prone to sinful karma. The sinful karma releases its subtle-vibrations into the atmosphere on a large scale, congregates them at the respective levels and transforms them into specific activity centres. Individuals raised on an appropriate and sattvik diet are pious, and through good thinking, follow a virtuous path. Sages and monks of the earlier times were strict with their diet. An appropriate sattvikta-restoring and Tej (Radiance) imparting diet generates a type of radiant vibrations in the body and makes an individual an Ascetic. Controlling the diet, meaning, not relenting to the demands of the taste-buds, is undeniably a difficult task. An individual that has control over its taste and speech attains the status of a Yogi
4. Changes that take place in an individual due to sattvik diet
A. Enhancement of sattvik thoughts
Consuming an appropriate and sattvik diet generates sattvik energy in the mind, leading to enhancement of sattvik thoughts and creating an impression of the merit thus accrued, on the subconscious mind.
B. Sainthood, Sagehood and Divinity
Having sattvik food can bestow Sainthood, renouncing food bestows Sagehood, transcending the stage of awareness of taking or not taking food bestows divinity to the jiva (Embodied soul). The system of abiding by the rules set by Hindu Dharma of preparing an appropriate and systematic sattvik diet takes an individual progressively through various stages from being a virtuous person to a seeker, Saint, Sage, attaining divinity and finally merges it into Moksha (Final Liberation).
5. Complement sattvik diet with spiritual practice !
A sattvik diet is necessary to keep the body healthy; the journey of a human being should not be from a humanitarian to a demoniacal attitude, but from a humanitarian attitude to divinity. For this reason, everyone should practice knowledge gained about sattvik diet provided in this Holy text. However, only a satvik food is not enough in the journey towards divinity. Everyone should commence spiritual practice, and that is need of the hour.