For all Sanatana Dharma followers vegetarianism should be a huge part of our lives. Our food plays a very important role in our body’s development. There are 3 types of Gunas:
These three gunas represent goodness (purity), passion and ignorance respectively. In our food we should aim to eat more satvic type foods in order to be more satvic orientated i.e. being good /pure. If we eat more of the others (Rajisic and Tamisic) then we will inevitably be more passionate (which gives rise to desires and attachment) and ignorant.
This is purely vegetarian food, free from both animal and chemical elements. It is fresh raw food which has all its natural enzymes intact, and moderately cooked food, as well. Types of food under a Satvic diet would be:
- Wholemeal bread
Pungent, sour, salty, excessively hot, harsh, astringent, and scorching: such are the foods desired by the rajasic, causing pain, misery, and sickness” Types of food under a Rajasic diet would be:
- Sharp and hot spices
- Tea / Coffee / Pop Drink
“Stale, tasteless, putrid, rotten, and left-over, the leavings of others, as well as the impure, is the food which is dear to the tamasic” Types of food under a Tamasic diet would be:
- Stale foods
It is obviously very hard to stay on a Satvic diet only but you should therefore try to predominately have a Satvic way of life over the gunas which will still be of huge benefit to your mind, body and soul.
Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita,
Bg 3.13 — The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered ﬁrst for sacriﬁce. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.
Bg 3.14 — All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajña [sacriﬁce], and yajña is born of prescribed duties.
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