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role of vegetarianism in yoga
By Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H)
The life that produces an inward quiet
sattvic state of mind is well defined in yogic texts as a
life based on meditation, chanting, service, devotion, austerity,
the practice of non-violence, pranayama and asana practice,
and a sattvic (vegetarian) diet. These are regarded as the
preliminary practices for the creation and sustaining ourselves
in sattva and which is the foundation necessary for Self-Realization.
The key element to the sattvic
diet is vegetarianism. Flesh food (meat, fish and poultry)
increases the animal frequency in the body and brings more
animal-like tendencies into operation such as the vibrations
of anger, lust, fear and murderous impulses. The energy of
a flesh food diet adds to the impurities of the mind and the
nervous system. It communicates the energy of destruction
to the cells and brings the energy of death into our auric
fields reducing the flow of higher prana into the body. The
lives of the creatures we've eaten weigh down our astral body
with their negative feelings of fear at their time of death.
Flesh food creates a tamasic (dull and heavy) effect on the
physical body and mind.
A key component for creating a sattvic
mind is the practice of Ahimsa. A vegetarian way of life actively
creates six aspects of Ahimsa:
compassion and non-cruelty
preserving the earth and
preservation of personal
The equivalent of a traditional sattvic
diet today consists of organic, whole, natural fruits, vegetables,
nuts, seeds and grains. A modern sattvic diet emphasizes foods
grown in harmony with nature by organic farmers, on good soils,
ripened naturally and prepared with an attitude of love. Such
foods carry the highest prana and consciousness. It does not
include junk food, excessively spicy or salty foods, fried
food, white flour, white sugar, and other forms of food that
unnaturally stimulate your blood sugar or your mind. It avoids
meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, and often garlic, onions. It does
not include genetically engineered foods, irradiated foods,
microwaved foods, or stale foods. In India cow's milk was
considered sattvic and as pure rasa dhatu or pure plasma.
In the US it is pure ama or toxin because it is pasteurized,
homogenized and filled with hormones, pesticides and herbicides.
Such milk is a degenerated food filled with fear, the pain
of death and enslavement. There is very little prana, little
love and little true nourishment. It is more of a tamasic
food, which reflects lack of consciousness.
The sattvic yogic diet is a special type
of spiritual vegetarian diet aimed at helping us transcend
body consciousness and calm the vrittis of the mind and increase
the prana. For this reason, the yogic diet is more disciplined
than a regular vegetarian diet, generally lighter, and includes
fasting and the taking of live-foods (uncooked roots, leafy
vegetables and fruit, which are called specifically the food
of the rishis or the food of the yogis). Raw foods are rich
in prana, which brings the prana force not only into the body,
but also into the mind helping to purify the 72,000 nadis.
Raw foods are the most powerful foods for enhancing the flow
of Kundalini energy and cleansing the nadis through which
the Kundalini flows on the subtle plane. A yogic sattvic diet
helps us become superconductors of prana. As the prana in
our body increases, these nadis naturally open, affording
us deeper perceptions of truth, reality and universality.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens is one of the world's
foremost authorities on living food nutrition, holistic lifestyle
and complementary medicine. He graduated from Columbia Medical
School in 1969 with a specialty in biochemistry. He is a holistic
physician, psychiatrist, homeopath and family therapist. Not
only has Dr. Cousens made major contributions in the field
of natural health, he is also a shining example of health
Dr. Cousens is the author of:
and the Rainbow Diet" and several other books.
Young Pig Leo is living a happy life
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another world. Moopheus offers Leo a choice:
"Take the blue pill and continue living in your dream world.
Take the red pill and
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