5 Foods Advanced Yogis Never Eat
Today I want to talk to you about 5 foods yogis never eat.
First of all the tips that I will give you in this presentation will change your life forever, us they changed mine. So stick with me to the end because this could be one of the most important advice you will ever hear.
We are what we eat, literally. The yoga Scripture says that to the Yogi the body is a mold prepared by the mind to carry out the activities in this world. The foods that we eat to build both the body and the mind should therefore be pure wholesome and nutritious.
Our body needs food for two purposes only; first as a fuel for energy and second is a raw material to repair itself.
From a yogic point of view the problem with the today’s modern world is that the majority, if not all diets do not take into consideration the science of yoga and Ayurveda and therefore they all lack the most important aspect which is that the only purpose of life is to achieve final liberation and eternal bliss in the spirit
So considering this, even though you find a diet that suits you [which is quite difficult now a days by the way] and keeps you healthy, you will still miss out the most important goal of life and one day you will inevitably suffer. So let’s examine from a yogic point of view what foods do you need to eat and which one you have to absolutely avoid in order to achieve permanent happiness and internal bliss which is the ultimate goal of life.
Yoga teaches us that the body is only a vehicle for the soul. Therefore if you only focus on maintaining the body healthy and you place all your expectations for happiness into the body then what will you do when your body is cast into the oven of death?
Yoga teaches us and we all know and science has confirmed that matter is ultimately energy. Therefore the food that we eat is also energy. There is a certain vibration in it. And the quantity of this vibration will determine whether the food we eat will uplift us and give us positive energy or will harm us and bound us further away into suffering and delusion.
Unlike modern scientists, yogis are not interested in the chemical content of food (protein, vitamins, etc…). Although this is one very important aspect today because of the increased pollution and genetically modified foods we need to look out and to try to eat clean and organically and I will explain more of that later on, but Instead in yoga, food is traditionally classified according to its effect on the body and mind, using the three Gunas:
What are the 3 gunas?
The yoga Scriptures says that when God created the universe he made all things to be influenced by the three modes of material nature or the gunas. Everything is influenced by the 3 gunas. And in everything one or two of the three gunas predominates. Everything in this world has its opposite. It’s the law on duality or dwaita in Sanskrit. When God created this world He did it so it’s going both by opposing forces. Heat and cold light and darkness up-and-down everything has its opposite. In the same way the gunas, are made to either pull us toward him or repulses from him.
These are Sattva guna (The mode of goodness, which is pulling us toward God, and therefore gives us happiness and bliss]
Raja guna (The mode of restlessness and passion)
And tamo guna (The mode of darkness)
So yogis classify the foods by the three modes of material nature or the gunas.
is the food you want to focus on. The Sattvic food will brings to your life clarity and calmness of mind, it will help you develop physically and spiritually faster and is the ideal food for Yoga for weight loss, achieve perfect health and live happy life.
The sattvic diet is “sweet, fresh and agreeable” and consist mostly from fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, whole grains, honey, pure water and milk (with the caveat that milk produced commercially will most likely not be Sattvic…) It’s always better chose organic food, but if you have no choice, at least don’t eat processed chemical frozen or canned foods.
Rajasic food still feeds your body but in the long term it will damage your body and mind. This king of food encourages activity and because of that causes restlessness of mind. It disturbs the equilibrium of the mind and if you want to be a great and healthy yogi avoid it! Rajasic foods are: Spicy foods, artificial stimulants like tea and coffee, eggs, onion, garlic, fish, refined sugars (cookies, chocolate) and all kind of processes foods.
The next type of food is Tamasic food. Avoid that food at any cost. This food will lower your energy levels; it will cause heaviness of the body and dullness of the mind. You cannot obtain any benefits from this food whatsoever.
Tamasic foods are meat, fish, eggs and alcohol, overciooked and processed canned and packaged foods
In one of the greatest yoga scriptures “The Bhagavad Gita” Lord Krishna teaching yoga to His friend and disciple Arjuna we read:
“Even the food each person prefers is of three kinds, according to the three modes of material nature. Now hear of the distinctions between them:
Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction.
Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart.
Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.
Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is dear to those in the mode of darkness” (End of citation)
And this is mainly why to be a great yogi be a great St. you need to follow a vegetarian diet. Let me explain, in the beginning of this presentation I told you about that all foods have vibrations and are essentially energy. That’s why meat is so harmful for the body and for the mind. For it not only causes suffering to the living beings that are being killed and eaten, but also causes a bad karma and therefore suffering to the person who is consuming it. And that’s because one of the stages in the spiritual path is called Ahimsa, or nonviolence. And nonviolence means not only nonviolence toward humans, but it also means toward any living entity and even material things. The same principle we find in the 10 Commandments of the Christian Bible. You shall not kill, mind you it doesn’t say you shall not kill humans only, and yet we see so many Christians dismiss this statement and they continue to eat meat.
The yoga masters have told us that when an animal is killed all the vibrations off anger fear and frustration from the torture remains in the flesh, in the meat. And when you consume that meat you willingly receive these vibrations into your self. That’s one of the reasons why meat eaters are so afraid of death. And many vegetarians and all yogis have absolutely no fear of dying. Which on itself it’s a cause of great suffering in the world.
There is a great St. who walked on earth roughly 80 years ago. His name was Swami Sri Yukteswar. He was an incarnation of wisdom or a gyan avatar. He wrote the book which is called the holy science. If you haven’t read it I encourage you to do that. In there he explains how Man is a fruitarian being by nature. Man tooth structure is not long pointed like the carnivorous beast. And the digestive system and the intestines of a human being is not suited to digest meet. The meat once ingested into a human stomach it takes from 7 to 10 hours to digest fully, which causes the meat to rot for a long period of time into the stomach which creates an enormous help problems and swarm of bacteria and parasites.
If you think about it why in advertising they show fruit and green vegetables, not ugly bloody flesh. Because that’s what is pleasing to the eye and therefore pleasing to the body and mind. Animals are hidden behind thick walls being killed because man feel repulsion and suffers inwardly when sees blood and violence. I have heard people who have been into slaughterhouses say how they have seen butchers scoop out cancers of kattles after killing them.
Cooking can change the nature of food. For example, grains become sattvic after you cook them. Honey becomes toxicant if you cook it. The constitution of food can change also depending on how you combine it with other foods and spices. If you want to achieve optimum health and Yoga weight reduction you have to combine the food properly as well. I’ll get on that later.
So eating meat is not only unnatural to the human body but is also harmful and will pull us deeper into the delusion and suffering and who prevents us from reaching higher states of awareness.
Thank you so much for reading this presentation, and remember; Love God, keep Him always in your thoughts, practice your sadhana, and live in joy. If you have received this Divine inspiration into your heart and you want to learn more about what exactly to eat, how much to eat, and when in order to be a great yogi and advance on the spiritual path, and achieve quickly infinite bliss then click the link below. You will find there a free pie chart of all sattvic, tamasic and rajassic foods and the exact guidelines to a delicious yogic diet which will not only support your physical yoga practice but will also maintain you healthy and happy and will lift you into a state of joy and much higher stats of awareness.
God bless you. Namaste