Foods support us or weaken us
offers us three very key words that are critically important and must be understood to
better support our lives and to know the attributes or Gunas of any phenomenon.
Today we briefly overview foods from an enlightened perspective which are
classified as Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.
Satvic is Sat, Satya or essence of truth as in the Latin Sativus or noble which
is derived from Satya. Sativus or Satvik qualities represent higher self, divine
[ilaahi of Farsi that comes from Sanskrit ila ] and all energy of higher
dimensions, positive higher qualities, Usually area above neck is considered
Sativus or Satvic for some and for other above the eyes [above the sixth Chakra
or nodal point].
Sattvic foods are those that lead to clarity of mind and physical health. These
foods are to be consumed on a regular basis. Fruits, vegetables, Legumes,
Lentils, dry fruits, nuts, milk and dairy products, raw honey come under this
category. Your mind becomes more positve when these are consumed in a good
Satvic foods promotes longevity, virtue, strength, health, happiness, and joy
are juicy, smooth, substantial, and nutritious. Persons with good and noble
attributes like such foods.
Rajasic is another key word, Regis, rey, reigh, regent, raj, raja [for king],
rough or rogue, [Red] and dozens of more words are derived from Rajasic that
denotes a system that runs blood circulation and is considered the main body in
a living being. It literally means Physical energy.
Rajasic foods are those that have a stimulating effect on the mind and body.
These foods lead to aggressiveness and irritability. For instance, excessive
strong caffeine induced foods, White refined sugar, purified alocholic
beverages, sof drinks. the meat of hens, birds, fish & crustaceans etc fall
under this. These create anger & irritability, frustration and insatisfaction
after consuming regularly.
Tamasic comes of Tama, Yam or Darkness or shaded energy. It is energy yet it is
shaded and eclipsed by bad habits, evil attributes or wrong mind, improperly
driven thoughts and most negative qualities.
Tamasic foods are overcooked, stale, putrid, polluted, and impure yet dear to
persons in the mode of ignorance. These are not foods but considered food by
thoughtless people, are said to have sedative negative effect on the mind and
body. These foods are to be avoided as they can cause mental dullness and
physical numbness, all kind of diseases; clog digestive tract, proliferate
cancer cells to develop & cluster, enrich bodies with excessive indigestible
proteins that actually do not do any good to the body and are not needed!
Animal foods like Beef, pork, mutton, mushrooms, purified alcohol etc come under
this category. In Vedic thought, red meats of any kind, such as beef and pork
are prohibited as they are thought to increase the tamasic gunas in a person
limiting knowledge and life expression.
By Dr Naila Hussain
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