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This is quite an important issue i feel, and have thus taken the time to put it up. Can what we eat have a major effect on us? I mean, apart from the obviousness of healthy eating, it's stuff like are Sikhs apparently supposed to eat sweet foods, in particular prasad, because it keeps us "sweet"? Is it true that Guru Gobind Singh Ji said that he wanted his Sikhs to eat lots of prasad (yes i know it's very tasty!!!)? And there's other stuff, like i've been told u shouldn't drink too much of hot drinks because it makes u hot tempered. Is this scientific in any way, and is there anything written in any Sikh scripture on this? would also like to read others own personal experiences about this, to make sure I'm not the only one with desi parents!

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yes what u eat really does affect you.

its important to maintain a ying yang balance in the body. ying i THINK is associated with inaction, passiveness, also sweet things - "feminine" qualities. yang is associated with action, movement, bitter things - "masculine" stuff.

im no herbal doctor or ying yang specialist but i would classify parshad as ying (correct me if im wrong)......and since i can imagine in the gurus times the singhs would be pretty "yang"...doing alot of gatka...lots of kareleh lol.......yang stuff...actually looking back thats probably a load of BS but its the best thing i cud think of.....u never know i might be right :)

either way, food does have an affect on u, n it is important to maintain a ying yang balance.

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Well yes eating type of food do affect you really, but you really dont have to change diet so much. I had been into a lot of this stuff when I use to do Yoga. Yogis would say not to eat salt, or anything that is either too sweet or the opposite of it "khati..." and that food should be basically with no-taste or in the **middle**. Salt was avoided, Onions was avoided as it produced sexual desire and anger. Meat was completely avoided and so was heavy diet. Kichari was said to be idealed meal. More about these things you can find at sivanandadlshq.org website

but all of htis is really unnecessary stuff.. and you dont really need to get deep into it and in REAL EXPERIENCE.. it won affect much of your spiritual life. In reality.. once you are firmly situated it wont really affect much, the effect of eating food is subtle. Basically you can keep eating what you were eating from child-hood and thats alright.

The idea of not eating onions, garlic, salt as propogated by these hindu swamis and other yogis is completely bull-shit :down: and is use-less. Just keep loving God and eat good food in moderate quantities and thats okay, yea but try to avoid junk food. Except eating meat .. I eat everything now and I want to eat everyhtin and be strong ! :party:

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Gur Fateh to All!

The 'Eastern' (for want of a better term) outlook on Health, be it Auyrvedic, Taoist or otherwise (incidently, much like philisophy, meditation, war arts and yoga arose from India, so too did this form of health care) all tend to focus on 3 qualities, 5 tastes or humours -basically, a framework of assessing health.

Under Ayurveda there are 3 Gunas or fundamental attributes representative of states of energy which move from subtle to gross through action and interaction between themselves and therefore by definition can become subtle again. These are referred to as follows:-

Sattva: Essence (subtle)

Rajas: Activity

Tamas: Inertia (gross)

The 3 gunas can dominate an individual and food amongst other factors in life is traditionally thought to have been a influencing factor in regulating these gunas in the body and mind through "AYURVEDIC" cooking (I mention Ayurvedic in particular, or even Yogic Cusine, Taoist cooking because merely being vegetarian is NOT good enough!)

To quote an article taken from Yogi Bhajan/3HO archives (note: I am not a member of this organisation, however this summary does serve as basic backdrop to these terms albeit somewhat tailored towards the 3HO sangat)

Sattvic Foods:

Sattvic means pure essence. In foods, Sattvic signifies the etheric qualities and includes foods such as fruits and vegetables, especially sun foods and ground foods. Sun foods are those that grow 3 feet or more above the ground. They have a quickening and lightening effect on the body's nervous and digestive systems. Sun foods comprise the diet of many sages and yogis. Ground foods are those foods that grow within 3 feet of the ground. They draw energy from the earth and are high in nutrients. Examples include grains, beans, legumes, and many vegetables. They are known to have a very cleansing effect on the body.

A Sattvic diet is excellent for those individuals who lead a quiet, meditative life.

Rajasic Foods:

Rajas signifies the "can do" kind of energy. It is the energy which we need to accomplish, create, and achieve. It represents wordly power and the sex drive. Many of the ground foods are Rajasic. Stimulation herbs and spices are also examples of Rajasic food.

A Rajasic diet is good for "householders" who aspire to maintain a meditative mind but need to live and work in the world as well. Yogi Bhajan recommends a combination of Sattvic and Rajasic foods for those of us who practice demanding disciplines such as endurance athletics, martial arts and Kundalini Yoga.

Tamasic Foods:

Tamas energy is heavy, dark, and dull. Tamasic foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, alcohol and other intoxicants including drugs. Foods that are over-processed, no longer fresh, and/or difficult to disgest are Tamasic.

Foods that are prepared unconsciously or while the preparer is angry or in a negative mood are also considered Tamasic. If you are interested in vital health and spiritual growth it is best to avoid these foods.

In conclusion, I would personally agree that those following a strict life of a Sadhu/Saint can survive easily on SATTVIC foods alone. Grishtis (Householders) also require RAJASIC energy to keep apace with the world. In general, for a KHALSA, Warrior-Saint, I personally would imagine a diet of SATTVIC and RAJASIC mix be most suited and TAMASIC avoided as much as possible.

That said, what exactly falls into each category, in my experience does tend to vary significantly and I would recommend also reading up on Tibetan and Chinese Taoist view points on this subject in addition to the above.

Should any errors have been made in the foregoing, then please accept my apologies and I welcome feedback to correct these.

Gur Bar Akaaal!!!

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well see. .I experiemented with all those yogic food stuff, I really didnt find much of a difference. Just eat what you 've been eating since child hood and you will do just FINE !

Theres no need to get into the hectic pectic of all these things. Just did you know that Buddha use to eat meat and Jesus ate fish! :party: Yes ! as long as you eat anything with pure thoughts uttering waheguru waheguru.. its not gonna matter much !

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Gur Fateh to All!

jjj, Thanks for your post! I am aware that of indications that Buddha ate meat and that Jesus ate fish...also of the suggestions that Guru Nanak Dev Ji ate the meat he cooked at Kurukshetra -however these are contentious events that scholars are divided upon...

...as I stated at towards the end of my post, what exactly constitutes the make up of each Gunn in terms of food is variable depending on where you source you're info. For instance, go to a Taoist Physician (who use a similar set of tools, accept based on 5 elements) and he/she'll tell you that a householder's diet requires meat and only celebate monks/nuns should follow a vegetarian diet...go to a Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh (excepting Nihang perhaps) practitioner of Auyrveda, and you'll you told to follow a vegetarian diet where possible...

...like with anything, these are tools...means to an end...not ends in themselves. I do agree with your point on 'blessing' food with the Gur Mantr (or another appropriate Shabd -Mool Mantr or Satnam...or otherwise, dependent on your beliefs)...the spiritual quality is often lacking in today's busy-busy world.

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