Importance of Food Spiritually | Analysis Through Bhagavad Gita

Food and Its Consequences

The Hindu religion doesn't have the forbidding tone. You do this or you will go to hell, you do this and you will go to heaven. The Hindu religion just makes you aware of the consequences of actions,so it doesn't forbid you from meat-eating where it tells you the consequences of what you eat.

Types of Food Mentioned in Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad-Gita talks about three kinds of foods, there are foods in the mode of goodness, foods in the mode of passion and foods in the mode of ignorance. Foods in the mode of goodness are those,the natural stuff that God has created for humans, the vegetables, the fruits, the milk of the cow, the grains. When you eat these your body becomes healthy your mind becomes calm and peaceful and your inner being becomes conducive to enlightenment So you experience peace contentment and satisfaction through the mode of goodness and then these same foods when they are cooked with the idea of gratifying the palate in other words too much of chili, too much of salt, too much of sugar, too hot, too cold - extreme.

Now the intention has changed, I wish to enjoy my food it comes into the mode of passion when you eat foods in the mode of passion this inflames the material desires sends the mind into a spin I want this I need this I have to do that,so the person becomes agitated and then the Bhagavad-Gita says there are food sin the mode of ignorance these are dry food these are stale putrefied foods intoxicating foods and all the non vegetarian foods, when we take this it increases our anger, the inclination to violence, laziness, imbalance the darkness that envelopes our soul.

So the Bhagavad-gita and the Scriptures tell us, look this is the consequence of what you eat now you choose but remember whatever "Aahara Suddhau Sattva Shuddhi" [CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD 7.26.2] whatever you eat will have a consequence upon the mind and the body,that's the proper way of doing it isn't it! Now interestingly many people are unaware but the early Christians were vegetarians the history of Christianity in forms us that the early Christians were vegetarians. When Christianity first spread into the Roman Empire if a Christian was caught they would take meat and push it down their throat just to annoy them however when it got adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire and that time meat-eating became allowed by the law.

Yet noble thinkers even in the Western world have naturally gravitated to vegetarianism the age of enlightenment philosophers in America Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau they were vegetarians, Benjamin Franklinwas a vegetarian, George Bernard Shaw Bertrand Russell, Leonardo da Vinci whose IQ was estimated at 230 one of the highest ever they were all vegetarians. The early Buddhist the primary teaching of the Buddha was vegetarianism, right!

Now you don't find too many Buddhists following it but that is the pure teaching's of their scriptures, so Hinduism is not the only scripture or only religious tradition that talks about vegetarianism it has been practiced around the world and slowly slowly the Western world is also coming to this realization that Wow vegetarianism is such a boon and they are linking it to good health.

It's a medical fact that meat eaters have a 200% chance of catching cancer compared to non meat-eaters and why is that meat putrefy so rapidly so it needs to be expelled quickly that is why the carnivores animals have very small intestines. It comes in and quickly it goes out. The human intestines are ten times the body length when meat remains in the system for so long it causes disease.

Now lets us see some Bhagavad Gita Verses

What is Satvic Food ? | Satvic Food

Lord Krishna says; The foods that promote longevity, virtue, strength, health, happiness, and joy are juicy, smooth, substantial, and nutritious. Persons in the mode of goodness like such foods. (Bhagavad Gita 17:8)

What is Rajasic Food? | Rajasic Food

Bhagavad Gita says about Rājasic food as People in the mode of passion like foods that are very bitter, sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry, and burning, and cause pain, grief, and disease.(Bhagavad Gita 17:9)

What is Tamasic Food ? | Tamasic Food 

Bhagavad Gita says about Tamasic food as People in the mode of ignorance like foods that are stale, tasteless, putrid, rotten, refuses, and impure (such as meat and alcohol).(Bhagavad Gita 17:10)

This human body was made herbivorous it was not made carnivorous if you see our teeth structure we got molars all the way for grinding, the carnivores they've got incision teeth you know for cutting the flesh they don't have molars and humans have got molars all the way the carnivores only do linear motion of their jaws and the herbivorous they can do bi-directional and grind their food so if you see biologically as well we humans were made to be herbivores nevertheless the Vedas say that it is a choice that you make based upon what your goals and aspirations are.

So,it is just to share with my readers through Bhagavad Gita verses that Hindu religion just makes you aware of the consequences of actions.
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