How important food is in yoga system?

How important food is in yoga system?

It is very important. You also say that “you’re what you eat”, so if you eat chicken legs then your body will become of chicken and cells of your body will become of chicken legs, yellow meat, red meat, most of the time rotten meat. They rot meat in order to make it tasty so it is very important. Your body is made up of what you eat, very simple. So, there are certain food in mode of total goodness, pure goodness which is called prasada, vegeterian meal offered to God, Krishna and that is on transcendental level, that food. You’re what you eat, if you eat good food, pure food then your body will become of pure food. If you eat food in mode of ignorance, meat, fish, eggs etc it is very very bad because it will bring you unlimited karma, unlimited reaction to the sinful activity so that food is very bad. It is not natural food for human consumption.

Just like if I ask you to bite a chicken and eat it rightaway without cooking, just bite it and then I tell you to digest it and take it out of your intestine in 4-6 hours time, you cannot do it. Why? Because, it is not natural food for you but for tiger, it is natural, bite chicken, eat it rightaway, take it out in 4 hours. In our system the meat will remain in intestine for 24 hours and it will rot more and then at the end it will create disease in your body, it will create disease because it is not natural. They say that every 7 years every cell of your body becomes new, old cells they are dead and 7 years after that every cell of your body changes. So, if you eat horrible, nasty meat then your body will become like that, your intelligence, your mentality, your thinking, your mind will take up that quality of what you eat. Suppose, I give you $1 million worth of car, you’re very attached to the car, it is very dear to you. So, would you like to put kerosene fuel? You would like to put topmost, unleaded, 100% octane, 99% octane, very beautiful fuel in it. So, we are putting fuel in our body, food and anything that is most dear to you then that’s your body, not your wife, not your husband, not your children, not your house, money. The first, most dear thing to you is your body. People spend millions of dollars to transplant heart, transplant liver, to transplant kidney because body is very dear to them. This body which is very dear to me? Should I put garbage into it, make it a graveyard? People put garbage. So, you don’t want junk in your dearmost body, body is very dear to you so you want to give right, nice food rather than junk.

How can one practice yoga?

How can one practice yoga?

All yoga culminates in Bhakti yoga. In other words, the goal of all yoga is to bring us to the point of Bhakti yoga, very simple. So in order to execute Bhakti yoga, it is stated that “yada vineyetam chitam”, ‘chitam’ the mind and ‘vineyetam’, particularly discipline. So one has to discipline his mind, what is the discipline of mind? That one has to fix his mind with strong determination that all I want to do in this life is to engage my whole existence, in other words, external senses and internal senses into the service of the Lord. So for that we have to be’ vineyetam’, become disciplined. Discipline means we should rise early morning, we should chant our rounds early morning, serve the deity early morning and throughout the day, round the clock, we should discipline ourselves. The whole idea of yoga is to discipline mind, senses and ultimately the mind must go into ‘samadhi’ which means mind must concentrate on name, form, past time , qualities, abode of Krishna. This is the yoga. So yoga can be performed very easily if we engage our propensity in serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

We have our likes and dislikes, so whatever way we like, we should engage that liking into service of Krishna, very simple. As for example, if we like to eat, then we should cook for the Lord, we should offer it to Lord and then honour ourselves. If we like to dance, we should dance. If we like to sing, we should sing ‘Hare Krishna mantra ‘and songs left behind by so many acharyas. So many songs – Saranagati, prarthna, chandrika and so many books of songs, we can sing. And if we like to meditate, then we should meditate on the lotus feet of Lord. If we like to talk, we like to speak, then we should speak about Krishna, about His devotees, about His qualities, about His abode, dham. We should clean our temple every day, we should keep aside certain time for cleaning, mopping and sweeping the temple, not just floor, but walls, pots, sinks, bathrooms,  altar, overall clean up can be organised, with the congregational devotees also.

We can engage our ears for hearing the transcendental past times, katha, not only about Krishna but His devotees katha also. Like Srila  Prabhupada Lilamrit, so many devotees like that. We can hear about Krishna and such devotees. We should engage our eyes in beholding and having audience and having Darshan of beautiful form of deity. We should behold the beautiful form of the Lord in the temple through our eyes that is perfection of eyes. Gopis said this is ‘,नेत्रोत्स ‘. उत्सव, celebration, celebration of  नेत्र, celebration for eyes. So eyes are celebrating with what? Having audience of Krishna and relishing, tasting, becoming absorbed in beholding the transcendental form and beauty of Krishna and His devotees.