Monday, April 14, 2008
Submitted by: Sudarshan Madabushi
The "sAttvic" Man is, like the sophisticated F-16 jet fighter designed to perform extraordinary functions -- flying supersonic speeds at near-stratospheric altitudes. The "sAttvic" Man too is similarly born to strive for the higher things of life such as Knowledge, Illumination, Goodness and Selfless Work. He is different from lesser men of the world. Such a man deserves the highest grade of fuel, the highest of "anna shuddhi". If he must function in life as he really must -- in accordance with the innate nobility and superiority of his inner aspirations -- he must feed upon an essentially "sAttvic" diet.
The Bhagavath-Gita prescribes for such a man only such varieties of diet ("aahAram") that can promote robust bodily growth, mental alertness, well-being, longevity, intellectual vigor, health, affability and happiness. Such Food or "aahaara" is said to be full of sweetness, oleaginous in character and wholly nutritious. It is well described in Chapter XVII.8 in the Bhagavath-Gita. Examples of "sattva aahAra" are fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and milk-products, rice, and wholesome grains and cereals etc. Generally speaking, vegetarian food tends to be "sAttvic" in nature.
It is this type of Food particularly which, in its 3rd Commandment, the Upanishad says should be grown abundantly in the world --- "annam bahu kurveeta!"
Read more articles submitted by: Sudarshan Madabushi
Vegetarian Journal (1) - Why I am a Vegetarian
Vegetarian Journals (2)- My Journey into Vegetarianism Sreenivasa Murthy – November 2003 ***PDF File***
Vegetarian Journals (3)- Being A Vegetarian, An alternative view on vegetarianism - Kishore- January 2004
Vegetarianism: Non-violence as Daily Practice
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