Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Mar 7 11:37:21 CST 2000
On Mon, 6 Mar 2000, Ravisankar Mayavaram wrote:
> I read in a book that while eating is not right to talk and the author
> suggests that one should mentally chant gOvinda (or the name of your
> ishhTa devata). Especially while chewing one has a good excuse not to
When there were gatherings of Brahmans the custom was (and still is) that
they would take it in turns to recite some shlokas while the others ate in
> Other important thing is to pray before eating. This will remind many
> things. Some of the common prayers I have encountered is
> "brahmaarpaNam ..",
> "ahaM vaishvaanaro ..." and so on. In a public gathering one can do it
> mentally. We use few prayers at home. The one (from Swami Yogananda) is
> "Divine Mother, receive this food, make it holy, and let no impurity of
> greed defile it. Food comes from thee. It is to build thy temple.
> Spiritualize it. Spirit to spirit goes.
> O Divine Mother, we are the petals of thy manifestation, thou art the
> flower, its life and loveliness. Permeate in our souls the fragrance of
> thy presence"
> Other than is we also use, "brahmaarpanam ..", "annam brahma rasor
> vishhnuH bhokta devo maheshhvaraH", and "anna puurNe .."
> If one is initiated to sandhya, there is a standard stuff one has to do.
This is called pranagnihotra. Agni in the form of Vaishwanara is the
digestive process so eating is considered equivalent to Agnihotra.
> Most office lunches, if inhouse, can be avoided by packing one's own lunch
> (I do it). No one minds it. If one has to go out, one can eat very less.
> My main problem was greed of overeating. But I have got it under control
> practice. Still my nemesis is, curd rice and potato curry (or pickles).
> Soon I will conquer it too :-))
> If you are in US, it is better to avoid processed foods. But not always
> you have the choice though. More than 50% of the cheese in this country is
> made from animal rennet (enzyme). I heard they even add fish products to
> enrich milk with vitamin A & D. Whatever has gelatin, in NOT vegetarian.
> But one need not be a food fanatic. If one has no choice, better to eat
> saying krishnaarpanam. Personally, I found that the best thing is to eat
> what is required to keep one healthy without greed. I still feel pure
> after eating when I practice this (also you can lose weight).
Something I've found handy when needing to eat in a strange place is to to
a restaurant that follows the Jewish rules on diet (Kosher.) One of the
laws of the Jewish religion is that meat cannot be mixed with milk
products. So if a restaurant advertises itself as Kosher dairy (They will
have a certificate from a Rabbi on the premises attesting to this) you can
be sure that no meat products are in use.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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