Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...

Here in the retreat Inner Sun on Ibiza I enjoy food that is really cooked with love. Biljana and Lohita are cooking so tasty and wonderful, yummie! Thank you for that.

In some restaurants I even can't go to eat.

Often I can just cook for myself at home. Or I get an invitation from friends. Then I realize that the body tolerates the meals very well. But it is not always like this. Since I join Satsang - Yoga of Silence - with Madhukar, the body gets more and more sensitive. And I realize that there are restaurants where I can't go to eat anymore. And I am not only talking about ingredients. This would be a different story. Even if they choose organic, natural food, it happens that the body begins to suffer if the food is bad which can go so far that the body gets rid of it again.

Atmosphere of the kitchen goes directly into the food.

But what is bad food? Dispute, bad mood or frustration go directly into the food and leave their traces in it. And it should have been that the guest can enjoy the food. The guest of the restaurant is then surprised to suffer after the meal from pain, needs to burp, gets into a bad mood, gets tired or others round him become quarrelsome.

In this case it is very precious to know that food is really prepared with love from the heart. Satisfaction and well-being are arising. I am sure that this is one of the reasons why it tastes best when native.

Also wise men advice to have good food!

In two books I found a statement of true Masters about how important it is to eat good food. Sri Ramana Maharshi - the sage of Arunachala hill - says that in addition to self-inquiry (the question "who am I?") there is only the possibility to choose good food in order to realize your true self. This was very helpful to support self-inquiry. The second one in whose book I read about this is Sri H.W.L. Poonja - the lion of Lucknow. He also was - like my Guruji - a passionate gourmet. Papaji - reverend father - how they called him lovingly was spending much time in the kitchen.

Wise men's words about food in their books.

From this times his devotees compiled a book with recipes: "Papaji's Prasad" is it's name. Amongst many small stories with Papaji in the kitchen they also collected many recipes. I took it last year back from India and it has now its permanent place in the kitchen. You also can get it at Avadhuta Foundation in Boulder, Colorado.

Now I need your help.

In his biographie I read one day something about food. "Nothing ever happened" is a book with three volumes. Unfortunately I forgot what he exactly said about it and also in which of the three I found it. If you are just about to read it, may I ask you to let me know in a comment? I am also happy about a hint on any word Sri Ramana Maharshi spoke about food. And if you have further information about food spoken from a wise man please let me know - this is very welcome!

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  1. Dear Shivani,
    here some links from the web,
    Sri Ramana Maharshi
    about vegetarian food, fasting etc. :



    warm greetings, gesa

  2. "18th October, 1947Recently, owing to some maladjustment in diet,Bhagavan’s health has been somewhat indifferent. Noticing this, a rich devotee, by name Kamala Rani, sent a soup made.of costly vegetables and sweet grapes to the Ashram one morning, with a request that it might be served to Bhagavan.
    As it was received just as Bhagavan was about to take his food, Bhagavan accepted it.Next day, she again prepared it in the same way and sent it to the Ashram. But this time, looking at his attendants,Bhagavan said, “Why this daily? Please tell her not to send it henceforth.”
    The lady, however, sent it the following day too.“There!” said Bhagavan, “It has come again. She will not stop sending it. I should have said ‘No’ at the very beginning. It was my mistake to have accepted it.”
    A devotee said, “At present, Bhagavan is much run down.She is perhaps sending it because a liquid preparation with grapes might be good for Bhagavan’s health.”“Oho!” Bhagavan exclaimed, “Is that so? And have you authority to plead on her behalf?”
    “That is not it, Bhagavan. I am saying so because I thought that such preparations might be good for the health.”“May be so,” rejoined Bhagavan, “but such things are for rich people, not for us.”
    “That devotee says that she herself will prepare it and send it,” persisted the devotee.“That is all right,” replied Bhagavan, “and if so, please find out if she could supply the same thing for all the people who sit here.”
    “Our anxiety is that Bhagavan’s body should be healthy.”“That is all right,” Bhagavan rejoined, “but do you mean to say that health could be maintained only if soup prepared from grapes and costly vegetables is taken? If it were so, then rich people should all be enjoying good health. Why is it then that they are more unhealthy and sickly than the others? The satisfaction that poor people get by taking sour rice-gruel cannot be had from anything else. In olden days, when we were doing the cooking during summer, we used to have a pot into which we put all the cooked rice left over, fill it up with water, a little buttermilk,a little rice-gruel, dry ginger and lemon leaves, and set it aside. It would get sour, cool and clear.
    The liquid used to be drunk with a pinch of salt by all of us by the tumblerful,and we used to feel very happy. No one had any illness whatsoever. Even now, if I were to drink two tumblerfuls of such water, all my ailments would disappear.
    But then nobody prepares it for me. ‘Aye! Aye!.How could we give sour milk gruel to Swami?’ they say. What is to be done? To prepare soup of this sort will cost a rupee. If, with that money, millet (ragi) were brought and ground into flour, it would last for about a month for preparing gruel from it Grape juice, tomato soup and the like are offered to me. Why do I require such things? Tell her not to send the soup from tomorrow.”
    The thing stopped there. Bhagavan told us several times that while he was living on the hill he was eating bilva fruit (a sort of wood-apple) for some days and sustaining himself on it..Bhagavan does not like to eat any food without sharing it with the people around him."
    Source:.Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI
    -- Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

  3. Thank you Gesa, this is very touching.

  4. I agree that food prepared with love tastes better :)

  5. Thank you Sally - happy that you have the same experience!

  6. Very salient points. We both believe in this strongly and even help to check each other, when we are cooking in not the best of moods. It is CRITICAL to have good vibrations when cooking because all that negativity gets rolled up like a ball and gets stuffed down people's throats (including our own). Infinite blessings on your path. Namaste.

  7. Thank you Chef and Steward, blessings also to you. Namaste.