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ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविर्ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणाहुतम् ।
ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्म कर्म समाधिना ।। 


The act of offering is God, the oblation is God
By God it is offered into the Fire of God
God is that which is to be attained by him
who performs action pertaining to God

This is the mantra of Bhagava Githa. Usually used before eating.

The Ayurvedic standpoint on food is interesting and unique. The main difference in terms of other modalities of food and nutrition is that Ayurveda is more concerned with considering Agni (the digestive fire) and the natural type of a person in relation to the Doshas (Prakriti). . I want to explain exactly what the different qualities of food are and the important things that you should consider when making your choice.

According to the Indian classics, food is considered a god. In the Bhagavad Gita, says Lord Krishna, he himself lives in us as Agni (representation of the fire or simply hunger). So the food we eat should be given in dedication to the God in us.

The food is rasa pradhana (flavor dominant) on the other hand. Medicine / herbs are Veerya Pradhana (potent dominant). The food should contain the six different flavors – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent – in a very harmonized relationship with those of prakriti (the natural type), season, satmya (that which is used to food regimes), etc.

In accordance with Indian Classics, the words come from thoughts, it will make up your actions, it will contribute to your behavior, then it will become our culture. In the broadest sense, a country’s culture can be traced back to the deeper roots of what they eat. Another important fact about food is that you care about what you eat or that you are what you eat.

Guna (the qualitative factors) and karma (actions in a much deeper dimension) play an important role in understanding the Ayurvedic principles. To understand this, we need to have an idea of ​​the five-element theory of Indian science. The earth, water, fire, air and space. Everything in the universe consists of five elements with different configurations. The question arises, why five elements, since we humans have no other way of perceiving / understanding the world, than five sense organs.

In other ways, we simply perceive or see the movements in the universe. From the subtle movements to the movements we could see or understand. The five elements are on a different level, are simply movements with a speed of five dimensions.

To understand living organisms, the factors that contribute to their normal functioning, the factors that lead to unhealthy situations. Ayurveda has introduced or divided the living organism into three attributes.

The doshas

The functional aspects, Vata, Pita, Kapha. The movements and the control factor, the digestive or responsibility factor for changes, the constructive and the structural factor. The harmonic existence of doshas is the symbol of good health five elements, with the dominance like air and space for vata, fire and water element for pita, water and earth element for kapha

The Dhatus

It is basically the anatomical part, seen in a dimension of seven tissue levels. Rasa (can be explained in the first level of the nutrient element that comes from food – which remains as part of the food and body), Rakta (blood), Mamsa (the muscle / meat part of the body), Medas (the fat part) , Asthi (the bony part), Majja (the bone marrow), Sukla (in one dimension of the genetic and reproductive system)

The mala

When the function (Dosha) takes place on an anatomical part (Dhatu), things arise that are necessary for the body and the excretions. The excretions are called mala, namely urine, stool and other excretions from the body – both externally and internally.

Since our body consists of five elements, it interacts with the Brahma (the principle of life, existence and endurance of life) also with the universe, which is also made with it. One of the main exchanges we do is food.

Sweet:

Elementary configuration: earth and water

Basically positive and give clarity to sensory organs. The taste has been Satmya since birth (from breast milk), gives the Dhatus nourishment good for all ages, promotes hair growth, etc.

It dominates with guru (heaviness in quality), longevity, snigda (quality of the oiliness of the oil).

Alleviates Vata and Pita

Athiyoga (increased use): diseases related to Kapha and Meda, obesity, Agni disorder, diabetes, carcinomas.

e.g. sweet dominant fruits, natural sugar, milk etc.

Angry:

Elementary configuration: earth and fire

It works much like an appetizer, it also has snigda, improves digestion, hot in potency, but cold when touched, lightness in quality,

Creates Vata and Pita, removes blockages in the movement of Vata.

Athiyoga: a type of skin disease, swelling, increased thirst, etc.

e.g. sour fruits, fermented foods, yogurt etc.

Salt:

Elementary configuration: water and fire

Helps with blockages, improves appetite, gives snigda, can cause sweating, cheda and bheda (relieves blockages by dissolving the causative factor)

Athiyoga: disorder of rakta, baldness, gray hair, jara (signs of age), increased thirst, skin problems, toxicity, etc.

eg: natural salts, sea vegetables.

Bitter:

Elementary configuration: air and space

It is bitter, but improves the taste sensation – acts on a deeper level of taste receptors, has antitoxic, antimicrobial activities, relieves skin diseases, Jwara (fever and associated pathologies), reduces Dosha imbalance and body temperature (taking inflammation and related factors into account) ) Pathologies). Dries out meda, vasa (can be compared to adipose tissue), majja, mala (excretions), urine. Lightness, improves the intellect, cold potency, dry quality, cleanses breast milk, clears throat.

Soothes Pita and Kapha

Athiyoga (increased use): degenerative changes in tissue levels, Vata-related diseases

eg: dark leafy green, herbs

Sharp:

Elementary configuration: fire and air

Helps alleviate some throat and skin pathologies, swelling, wound healing, digestion and appetizer,
flavor enhancer, cleansing and detoxification through elimination, inducing food drying out, relieving blockages, opening channels,

Relieves Kapha dominance

Athiyoga: increased thirst, decreased sperm quality, decreased strength. May cause dizziness, cramps, tremors, pain or related symptoms on the lower and upper back.

eg: cold, pepper, garlic etc.

Astringent:

Element configuration: earth and air

Reduces pita and kapha

Heavy quality, detoxifies the blood, affects the osmotic pressure potential, heals wounds, is cold in potency, dries out the moisture in the body on a cellular level and also on fatty elements, blocks the toxins, good for the skin.

Athiyoga: Causes blockages and explosions in the digestive area, increased thirst, emaciation, anti-aphrodisiac, causes channel blockages, constipation

eg: legumes, raw fruits, vegetables

In light of the above facts, we even take modern nutritional factors into account – this is another aspect of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins, etc. All six flavors simplify the nutritional aspects and in other ways show more light on the basics of human nature. It is with our sense of taste. Some people have a special affinity for a particular taste, such as sweet, salty, sour, etc.

This can be attributed to the emotional status, the prakriti, our habitual ritual behavior in response to culture and region. The most interesting thing is that with some diseases that we love for certain tastes, the elementary need can be considered here. Because the living organism has an autonomous mechanism to be healthy.

 

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