CAN WE EAT NON VEG WHILE WEARING RUDRAKSHA?
Know that Rudraksha is a divine bead of Lord Shiva, who represents your Soul. These sacred beads help one achieve Self Realisation by gradually removing all illusions that cover the being. Once realised, the Being becomes a Creator of his life and realises his union with the Cosmic Consciousness. It is clear that to uncover the true potential of your soul, you need to be in awareness and command of your mind, body and senses.
The principals for a meaningful spiritual life are incorporated the eight-fold Yoga path of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. One who wants to live a spiritually fulfilling and purposeful life must abstain from inciting the body, mind and senses. On a physical level, this is done through sattivc food, good conduct and avoidance of injury to others. These guidelines improve not only your health, your moral and ethical conduct but they also nurture the spiritual side of your nature.
The other four internally cleansing practices - pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi—serve to bring your mind under control. When the purification of the mind is complete, the Six Poisons that defile the being – desire, anger, delusion, greed, lethargy and envy – will be wiped away one by one, revealing the Universal Self. Yog practices result in a subdued mind, that is free from external and internal sense organs and which eventually leads one to the full realization.
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How Rudraksha Works
Wearing of Rudraksha uplifts you spiritually and balances your Chakras, aiding in dharana, dhayana and samadhi. Our Vedic scriptures do not prescribe rigid rules and restrictions for the use of Rudraksha beads. Our texts are full of instances that signify that even if a person comes to Rudraksha after committing many sins, his bad karma is burnt up by wearing these beads and he reaches the door of Moksha.
The Shiva Purana records incidents of Shiva devotees drinking madira (intoxicating liquid) and singing praises of Lord Shiva in an intoxicated state. Yogis and Saints do not remove their Rudraksha malas when they go to the toilet, take a bath or sleep. This implies that people who revere these beads and benefit from them are averse to removing them under any circumstances. We suggest that wearers of the Rudraksha continue to wear them most of the time.
Most Rudraksha wearers report positive experience with their beads over the years, even if they consumed non-vegetarian food during this time. Their testimonials range from physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to financial benefits in all aspects of life.
When some texts state that Rudraksha beads need to be removed during physical intercourse, while eating meat or consuming alcohol or during toilet hours, this implies that these beads do not show effect in times of intense physical or sensory activity. So removing them is an option but it is certainly not compulsory. Rudraksha are divine beads that influence the subconscious mind in a powerful way. In order to best absorb their vibrations, a sattvic state is recommended.
Food and the three Gunas
The food you eat can be sattvic, rajasic or tamasic depending on its character and its effect on the body and mind. You can discover the nature or temperament of a man from the nature of the food he prefers.
In Ayurveda, meat and non-vegetarian foods are considered tamasic as they have a dulling effect on the mind and body. They need a lot of energy to digest and can increase inertia. They are therefore considered detrimental for physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Sattvic food includes food that is freshly cooked and full of prana. It is light on the body, nourishing, sweet and tasty. It increases the energy of the mind and produces cheerfulness, serenity and mental clarity. Sattvic food is highly conducive to good health.
Milk, butter, ghee (clarified butter), fresh ripe fruits, freshly cooked vegetables, whole grains, sprouted pulses are sattvic. The spices commonly used in sattvic cooking are turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, fennel (saunf) and cardamom.
People who follow the Sattvic way of eating are known to be clear-minded, balanced, and spiritually aware. They usually avoid alcohol, stimulants like tea, coffee, tobacco and non-vegetarian food.
This food is fresh but heavy. It includes non-vegetarian food like meat, fish, eggs, and chicken, all pulses and dals (not sprouted), hot spices like chillies, pepper, and all vegetables including onion and garlic. The rajasic diet is cooked fresh and is nutritious. It may contain a little more oil and spices compared to sattvic food. This sort of food benefits those who believe in action and aggression in a positive way. Rajasic foods are bitter, sour, salty, pungent, hot and dry. Puri, kachori, pungent condiments, sweets, fried bread, curd, brinjal (egg plant), carrots, urad (black gram), onions, garlic, lemon, masur (red gram), tea, coffee, betel leaves, tobacco are rajasic types of food.
Rajasic foods tend to create feelings of sensuality, greed, jealousy, anger, delusion, fantasies and egotism in the eater’s mind. These foods are intended for the four P’s of power, prestige, position and prosperity. But these people remain in control of their lives in a positive sense and are not obsessed by any of the above. They are generally go-getters and know how to enjoy life. The Rajasic man will always plan a menu with various food preparations to satisfy his demanding palate. For these people, the palate remains unsatisfied until the stomach is completely filled with pungent things and the tongue burnt with hot chillies.
This includes foods that are not fresh, overcooked, stale and processed — foods made from refined flour (maida), pastries, pizzas, burgers, chocolates, soft drinks, rumali roti, naan, tea, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, canned. Preserved foods like jams, pickles and fermented foods, fried foods, sweets made from sugar, ice creams, puddings and most ‘fun foods’ all come in this list. All spicy, salty, sweet and fatty foods form part of the tamasic diet. Beef, fish, eggs, wine, garlic, onions and tobacco are tamasic foodstuffs.
The Tamasic personality
Tamas brings about stagnation leading to degeneration of a person’s mental, physical and emotional health. Such people become dull and mentally lethargic after eating. They may suffer from mood swings, insecurity, desires, cravings, and may be unable to deal with others in a balanced way. Their nervous system and heart may not function optimally, because of the consumption of unhealthy red meat and therefore, such individuals tend to age fast.
Article Written by Neeta Singhal
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