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Food - how & what to eat
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:21:30 AM »
What does Mahrishi say about food & eating?
I live in the west, supermarkets offer a wast variety of food.
What should one eat?
When shoulod one eat (morning, evening)?
How much should one eat?

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 06:57:17 AM »


Dear friend,

According to Sri Bhagavan, [He has said this in Who am I/], one
should eat Sattvic food [vegetarian food] in moderate quantities.
During His conversations, He further clarified, that it excludes even
eggs and rajasic [that which can stimulate lust, anger etc.,] items like garlic too. 

As for number of times, during the present Asramam days i.e. post
1922, it was the practice to have morning vegetarian breakfast,
vegetarian lunch and vegetarian dinner.  So, we may conclude that
He approved eating three times a day.  Coffee, tea or milk again
is served along with morning breakfast and once in the evening at
4.00 p.m. 

We may take these things as model.



Arunachala Siva.   
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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2010, 08:42:26 PM »
Agree with subramanian sir. The ashram practice can be taken as a model. It is the same as existed before. Now maybe with the addition of garlic and onion they may have slightly adjusted to the current demands and flavour. During bhagavan's days it was very orthodox since the cooking was done by the paati's  [ widowed grandmothers in the ashram - subhalakshmi ammal, tennammal paati and others].

I also believe that food is a very important thing in life. It should nourish you and give you energy for the body mind and soul. It should not deplete you of it. It is important to remember that body is a temple, residence for the soul. Hence, it is of paramount duty to  nourish it and exercise it regularly. Caffeine, spices and non-vegetarian food only pollutes the body and depletes it of energy and vitality.

Wholesome meal consisting of foods in its original form is the best. Lightly cooked with minimal oil and spices rejuvenates the body and brings energy. For sadhana it is essential. Also bhagavan, i have read, put more emphasis on the quantity of food rather than the quality.

Ramanarpamastu


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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 09:25:08 AM »



Dear S.Lakshmi,

You are back after a long gap.  Sri Bhagavan approved onions in His days but not garlic. He was specially taking care of food being prepared very nicely and all relished the Asramam food.  But He
took the whole lot in one or two clumps and eat since He had
conquered the sense of taste for anything.  He used to like coffee
too. Hot hot coffee will be poured into the mouth by raising the tumbler without touching the lips, by Him and devotees. [for the sake of orthodoxy and hygiene].   One Westerner, I think, it was
Major Chadwick observed rather funnily:  "If I have another birth,
I shall not be born as a South Indian, at least for the sake of pouring this hot liquid directly into my mouth!"

Today there is serving for devotees, who can sit on a chair and
eat from a leaf on the table.  Devotees used to sip coffee/tea
unlike the past.  The Asramam does not mind these things.



Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 10:12:25 AM »



During Sri Bhagavan's times, one should take lunch only by squatting on the floor.  There was of course, separate rows for brahmins and non-brahmins, with a wood-screen in between.  Sri Bhagavan used to squat facing both the rows.  Today, table service is also there apart from people squatting on the floor.  There is no
caste distinction.



Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2010, 11:44:44 AM »
Yes subramanian mama,

I had left the forum thinking i was indulging myself in writing and reading posts on bhagavan's life...which perhaps led to more ego...So i took a break. But writing occassionally is not harmful i guess. So...i will continue to contribute...:)

Ramanarpamastu

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2010, 01:29:56 PM »



Dear SLakshmi,

Why should the act of writing in the Forum and exchanging views
be considered an ego bloating act?  How can it be?  Are we writing
for money, or appreciation?  Sub Registrar Narayana Iyer did not
do any sadhana or self inquiry.  He was simply chanting ULLadu
Narapdu, throughout the day, when he had no other work.  He used
to come to Sri Bhagavan at 6.a.m. in a bicycle holding a flask of coffee to give it to Bhagavan.  While cycling, he would start chanting ULLadu Narpadu, and after spending a few minutes with Sri Bhagavan, he will return home, cycling, chanting UN on the way.
Till going to office. After return from office, he would continue chanting.  Sri Bhagavan used to say:  "Besh, Besh, even this is a good sadhana."

Saint Manikkavachagar says: Sirippar, kaLippar, Thenippar, Thirandu thirandun tiru varthai, virippar, ketpar, mechuvar, vevveRirunthun tirunamam tarippar, ponnambalthu adum thalaiva
enbar......    [Kovil Mootha Tirupadigam, Tiruvachakam].

They will laugh, they will share their happiness, they will 'feel' the honey' like name of you in their tongue, they will
join a group and chant and explain your various names, listen to others chanting and explaining, appreciate them, then when they were separated and were alone, they will also always keep your name in their Heart, they will in between say, O Lord of Golden Hall and drown in bliss.

This is the real Satsangh.
We are also doing the same thing, with Sri Bhagavan, Ramana-Siva.



Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2010, 03:55:20 PM »
Dear Lakshmi garu,

I agree with you madam.

Every person prarabdha karma is different and no one can really explain why it is so.

Instead as bhagavan suggests it is suggested we find the source of the problem.

For a vaishnavaite Sri Vishnu is ultimate and for Saivates Lord Shiva is ultimate etc but when a vishnu devotee tries to convert Saivate to a vaishnavaite he may fail.So as bhagavad gita says

Bg Gita Ch3 Text33

Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows his nature. What can repression accomplish?

Hope you find better ways to decrease your ego levels and may bhagavan blessings be always there with all of us.

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2010, 05:05:08 PM »


Dear S.Lakshmi,

You must have heard about singing of Tiruppavai and Tirvuembavai
on the streets, by men and women on the early mornings of Dhanur
month.  This group singing is one of the aspects of Sat Sangh.  The
girls and women, boys and men get up early morning and sing these
songs and go around the streets in this Dhanur month.  This is
there even today in small towns like Tiruvannamalai,  and villages.
This gives the participant a sense of oneness with fellow devotees
and this is the purpose of Sat Sangh.  The Forum is like one such
Sat sangh.  Here, by participating in such satsanghs, even the beginners get an insight into bhakti and surrender. 

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Tiru Chadakam:

O Siva, You will even grow and harvest without even a seed.
You shall make and unmake the earth and heavens.
You have made this treacherous low caste fellow,
Stand mad at the entrance of your Temple,
And made me owned by the group of mature devotees,
Like a gardener will not cut off the tree,
Just because it yields poisonous fruits.
I am also like that tree, O Master, save me!       



Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2010, 07:50:52 PM »
Dear Lakshmi,

I am able to understand what you felt, as even I had come across exactly the same feeling sometime ago.  That was also my reason.. However, I cannot resist my desire in visiting this forum.  Like a strong magnet which keeps on attracting the iron..

And, dear Subramanian - i don't know why I felt so.  But, that was long back, that was when few months after I joined forum.  This is really a wonderful satsang, gifted by beloved Bagawan. 

with love
Balasaraskrishna

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2010, 08:55:30 AM »



Dear saraskrishna,

Welcome back into the Forum, after a long break.  Yes. Arunachala
=Sri Bhagvan is one powerful magnet.  The Forum is also equally
powerful because we see Sri Bhagavan's teachings shared by each
other.

Srimad Bhagavatam says that even after realization the Sages
were eager to listen to Sri Krishna's stories.  When Suka was
discoursing to Parikshit, many many sages were said to be listening the stories, hiding themselves in cognito.  Sri
Bhagavan, even after realization, was looking at Arunachala,
many times during everyday and when Devaraja Mudaliar asked
Sri Bhagavan why He was looking at Arunachala often, Sri
Bhagavan said:  I am looking at Atma.

I am of the view, that this Forum is sravanam and mananam for
beginners and nididhyasanam for others who have progressed.



Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2010, 10:04:45 AM »
Subramanian sir, prasanthji and balasaraskrishnaji

It is like a small family that we have formed here. I really missed it. and perhaps its a way of satsangh for all of us. I think satsang can only help us. Subramaniam sir, you are right. Even I am learning carnatic music and every year we sing thyagaraja kritis in honour of saint thyagaraja's union with god! It is afterall satsangh. And my level of sadhana has not reached where i can be aloof or detached. I am still a beginner. So all this is only to help me remember bhagavan. I had heard of sub-registrar narayana iyer's constant repition of UN but never got to know about bhagavan's approval on this! Thanks subramanian sir!

I am back and very happy to be here with the devotee family! Thanks! :)


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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2010, 11:22:29 AM »



Dear SLakshmi,

I am of the view that everything associated with Sri Bhagavan
is a Satsangh.  His life stories, His teachings and the Hill, which
is a powerful magnet, is all part of Satsangh. Recently I wrote
in some other post, seeing the Hill through webcam, at least a
few times a day, when you are not seeing by going to Arunachala,
is itself a mind stopping experience.  The Webcam of Graham did
not send new photographs of the Old Hill, after 4.54 PM on Monday.
Today is Wednesday.   New photographs are resumed since 12.03
PM.  You will call me mad, when I say that I was restless in not
seeing the new photographs since Monday evening.  What to do?
How can iron filings not remain attracted towards that powerful magnet.  My wife was asking:  No new photographs?  No new photographs?.... everyday.  Today it was a relief!

About Sri Tyagaraja's kritis, one devotee asked Sri Bhagavan:
Did not Sri Tyagaraja sing and then attain Rama Brahman? 
Sri Bhagavan replied:  It is not like that.  He attained Rama
Brahman and then sang!  It is all divine revelations.  If one
could sing Sri Tyagaraja's kritis, with this mano-bhava, I am sure,
Sri Rama is sure to take them to His Abode.

Saint TiruvaLLuvar said:  When there is no feast for ears, something will be given for your stomach.  Listen and sing
Sri Tyagaraja.  Listen and sing Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam,
everyday.  These will melt our heart and make the ego disappear one day.     

Sri Bhagavan said in Verse 106 of Sri AAMM:

Your ears once heard the sweet songs of those whose very bones
melted in love for You.  Let them now accept even these poor words of mine, O Arunachala.

Here Sri Bhagavan, in all humility, contrasts His songs with those
of Tiru Jnana Samabndhar, Tiru Navukkarasar, Guhai Namasivayar
and others. 



Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2010, 04:10:00 PM »
His will operates here.

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Re: Food - how & what to eat
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2011, 01:47:57 AM »
Do spicy peppers fall in the Sattvic food category?
I really like jalapenos (Which are actually pretty mild in the range of pepper heat)
Jalapenos are also packed with vitamin C and are good for your heart.

I also like Garlic and have noticed it's not considered Sattvic...