Today lets see a beautiful excerpt from a wonderful Vegetarian Indian Cookbook that I follow very closely. I didn’t wish to just put one write up about Ayurveda and its benefits, it is too vast to discuss and explain. That’s why time to time I will share more things to show you the aspect about the Diet factor of this Medicine world. The excerpt below is for you to get a better understanding about Ayurvedic Diet. First I am sharing it as it and then we will discuss a little bit about it. The following part is from the book The Hare Krishna book of Vegetarian Cooking by Adiraj Dasa
The Science of Eating and Good Health
India is the home of not only of vegetarian cooking, but also of the science of healthful living. The scripture known as the Ayur-Veda is the oldest known work on biology, hygiene, medicine, and nutrition. This branch of the Vedas was revealed thousands of years ago by Sri Bhagvana Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Krsna.
“Old” is not the same as “primitive”, however, and some of the instructions of the Ayurveda will remind today’s reader of modern nutritional teachings or just plain common sense. Other instructions may seem less familiar, but they will bear themselves out if given the chance.
We shouldn’t be surprised to see bodily health discussed in spiritual writings. The Vedas consider the human body a divine gift. a chance for the imprisoned soul to escape from the cycle of birth and death. The importance of healthful living in spiritual life is also mentioned by lord Krsna in the Bhagvad-Gita,
“there is no possibility of becoming a Yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough. One who is temperate in his habits of eating, sleeping, working, and recreation can mitigate all material plains by practicing the Yoga System”.
Proper eating has a double importance. Besides its role in bodily health—overeating, eating in a disturbed or anxious state of mind, or eating unclean foods causes indigestion, “the parent of all diseases”——proper eating can help the aspiring transcendentalist attain mastery over his senses. “Of all the senses , the tongue is the most difficult to control, ” Says the Prasada-Sevaya, a song composed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, one of the spiritual Predecessors of Srila Prabhupada, “but Krsna has kindly given us this nice Prasada to help us control the tongue.”
Here are few guidelines for good eating taken from the Ayurveda and other scriptures.
- Spiritualize your Eating
- Eat at Fixed times
- Eat in a pleasant Atmosphere
- Combine Foods Wisely
- Share Prasada with others
- Be Clean
- Eat Moderately
- Don’t Pour water on the fire of digestion
- Don’t Waste food
- Try an occasional fast.
The above excerpt is itself very simple, but for clarification. We will take up topics one by one in my upcoming posts.
But what Krsna is telling to Arjuna and the the paragraph below needs our special attention. This was the reason I shared it with you all in first place. The most important factor of Health is habits of eating. The one thing every one can pickup from the excerpt is EAT IN MODERATION. What Krsna is talking about and what you will always find in all the Ayurvedic description, eat in moderation—neither too little nor too much. The digestion factor is very important, it is the parent of all illnesses. The Navel area is the Life Chakra and is the temple of good health. So practically, its not about how great things or superb quality you are feeding yourself on, if your digestion is not in balance than everything is a waste. As your own body is not accepting it.
‘Listen to your own body’ that’s what I am always telling my guests. Your digestion is always speaking to you, how your body feels for the next couple of hours(while digesting) after your meal times is much more important than how your tongue felt for a few minutes while enjoying the flavors..
Food for Thought
Think about it.!