If you are hoping this post to be a mouth watering one, you may please skip this at it may turn out to be of the other type.
The importance of food in spirituality has already been discussed here and here. The first thoughts about this post came on 31st May after having food with family. Somehow, that day, wedding food became the topic of discussion. I realized a few reasons why eating in public may harm you spiritually :
- You eat in public. Everything is public there. You never know who’s looking at you or your food with what intent. (For example, a lady may be jealous of other’s jewellery or make-up!)
- Although it may not be true in all cases, but at many places, the workers who are involved in the process of preparing food work in pathetic conditions. The energy of there tension and worries get mixed in the food, and when food assimilates, it becomes your part. Suppose if the head scolds someone, will he prepare food happily? The workers anxiety will flow in food.
- In India, often people take loans for weddings. That mental pressure and agony somewhere gets reflected in the food, as the one who has taken loan will be overseeing all preparations. The effect is at subtle levels and we never realize.
- Besides, not eating silently and overeating may cause even more harm.
On the day of my 12th farewell (Feb, 2020), when I returned home I got stomach ache and fell sick. Only when I vomited all the food, I got relieved. During those days, I had increased meditation time and probably I was more vulnerable. Whatsoever be the reason, vomiting the food relieved me of sickness. The last time I attended a wedding was in Jan/Feb 2020, and thanks to Covid, I have not attended any wedding or other such public eating since then. Over the last year, my way of thinking has changed much and I feel that it has been supporting my progress at some level. Further, I have changed the way I eat, about which you can read here. Although I don’t eat heavily at weddings (I do overeat once or twice in a month at home, but make sure that I digest it, as indigestion can harm you as well as the people around you, if you get what I mean :P), I have decided that even if I have to attend some in future, I will eat the minimum amount.
P.s. I express my gratitude towards your immense love 🙏. I have been noticing some support amount from yesterday. At first I thought to let it go for true detachment means I should be undisturbed even in presence of something, but it went on increasing. I want to tell you that I don’t have paypal account😅 so I won’t be able to withdraw anything and it won’t be going into some good cause, so you may prefer not to support. The love I have received here is already beyond my imagination and the true achievement ☺️. Thank you☺️