|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 243 ]
Diet plays an important factor in keeping the body and mind clean. Besides the cleanliness that must be observed in its preparation, we must also study the purity of the elements which food offers us.
Food represents sustenance -- a primary support for life itself. In Vedic culture, food is considered as an aspect of Brahman (the Absolute, or God).
This is why the yogis eat with the feeling that their food is an offering or gift from nature. So also then, saints consider that each swallow gives them the power to serve God.
With this level of mind, any food becomes pure. But this is a higher state of mindfulness that the common person has yet to realize. Until one reaches this steadfast level of mind, the yogis have established some rules of diet for guidance.
First of all, as we have already discussed, a vegetarian diet is recommended. Meat and meat products bring a lot of toxic substances into your system. Clean, fresh, natural and wholesome food must be the rule for a health-conscious individual...
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