Conversation 060 – Inner Engineering?

This is really a lengthy conversation with my best friend. I am breaking it into multiple posts for our convenience. Thank you very much for reading!

Seeker 1: Have you heard about ISHA Kriya and their program on Inner Engineering?

Seeker 2: Yeah … I have heard about it.

Seeker 2: Most people blindly get into these kinds of things in the name of yoga and meditation because they are unable to manage stress in their life but want relief through some shortcut means.

Seeker 2: Nobody wants to put sincere efforts by subjecting their body and be self-controlled. With no proper diet control nothing can be ever achieved!

Seeker 2: If one says inner engineering is possible for anyone that means he is only interested towards money making by trying to exploit these kinds of people. However, if he is scrutinizing in selecting people for the program he is genuinely interested in the welfare of the people. Otherwise the tendencies of these modern day “gurus” is to cheat with false promises just to extract money for their establishment.

Seeker 1: What is the best way then? Is this the only way? Do you know the best diet control? I believe it again changes from person to person based on body type. It’s not possible for every human being??  Why not if one practice it?

Seeker 2: People have to throw away their bad habits first (primarily intoxication, meat eating, gambling and unregulated sex habits) and be sober for quite a while before indulging into inner engineering or things like that. Otherwise whatever one tries, his efforts will not be effective.

Seeker 2: Most “gurus” starts with strict principles in the beginning but gets diluted midway because the profit motive and “preaching according to the nature of people” comes into picture. Original intentions and the principles will get slowly lost in the course of time and in the name of flexibility and advertisements and with constant pestering for donations in the name of introducing philanthropy to common people by bring a false hope that one can compensate for bad karma in the name of these kind of donations!

Seeker 2: One is going to reap for whatever one has done no matter what, if not from this birth, from all the previous births! People are not aware of basic principles and without any basic knowledge on scriptures do everything nonsense and blame everything as they continue to struggle with problems in life. This includes the so called educated who claims they know everything but in practicality, their life is only oriented towards money making and gaining high positions in society, which are all temporary and do not lead to any higher purpose either in this life or after death!

Seeker 1: Hahaha … nicely said though! But my basic question remain what is best diet plan and how to find that plan suits one’s body??? If everything our moods/ emotions / thoughts are dependent on what one eats???

Seeker 2: Yes, surely it gradually builds over the years.

Seeker 1: What is the best diet plan and how to get to it without any complications?

Seeker 2: Mainly because food is also classified into three modes and so one becomes what one eats!

Seeker 1: Three modes?

Seeker 2: Check this post for details on the three modes of material nature: Conversation 026 – Modes of material nature (and beyond)

Seeker 2: Yes – Goodness, Passion and Ignorance or Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Seeker 1: Yeah. All is mentioned in Bhagavad Gita. One should ignore Tamasic and Rajasic types of food? That is best one to follow…

Seeker 2: Yes, Different types of food and how one is according to what one eats! If one does not read and live according to Bhagavad Gita his life is really a failure in spiritual terms!

Related Posts:

  1. Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world!
  2. Conversation 056 – Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world
  3. Conversation 041 – Fasting on Ekadashis
  4. Conversation 040: Food and Laziness / Dullness
  5. Directions for having food

(Continued…)

Directions for having food

Food should not be taken while standing or lying down. Food should be taken, sitting on the floor with folded legs and with bare hands, not with any utensils.

Sitting direction and its corresponding effects as mentioned in dharmic scriptures:

Facing east: Longevity

Facing west: Prosperity

Facing south: Fame

Facing north: Detrimental and should be avoided at all costs!

It’s been said in Srimad Bhagavatham that this body of ours is a temple and the Lord resides in its altar – the heart. It has also been said that this body is a chariot or a boat entrusted with taking the soul to a higher destination.

 

Just like how sincerely we respect the ingredients that is offered to God for worship, similarly before we consume the food that we eat, we should worship it, and we should only actually consume that can be offered to God for worship.

 

The kind of offerings Lord Shri Krishna accepts is clearly mentioned in Bhagavad Gita 9.26:

 

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit a water, I will accept it.

The process of consumption of food itself is considered as a yajna (a ritual sacrifice with a specific objective) according to Bhagavad Gita 4.24:

BG4.24

Following these time-tested practices is for our well-being : physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

Conversation 027 – Money, Lifestyle and Ultimate Purpose

Seeker 1: All driven by money in this world. I am quite frustrated!

Seeker 2: Yes, money addiction causes madness. We should be old enough to realize our priorities for sure.

Seeker 1: I know about you! But what we *sow* currently will give knowledge for the future but action has be taken based on that knowledge.

Seeker 2: Yes, we have to live our life based on that knowledge. It’s God’s gift to provide us that right knowledge and the opportunity to study that. It’s not the people’s fault as to why they are like this. But still they have to reap for what they are doing. Not knowing ethics and moral values cannot be the reason for improper actions. People think they are over smart and so they try to exploit the vulnerable. It is Jada Bharath instruction in Srimad Bhagavatham that comes to mind in this aspect.

Seeker 1: What is that instruction from Jada Bharat?

Seeker 2: “Today you are a king and I am your servant, but tomorrow the position may be changed, and you may be my servant and I your master. These are temporary circumstances created by providence.” – Srimad Bhagavatham 5.10.11 (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/5/10/11/)

Seeker 1: This world is for business and greedy people only, not letting normal people to live on their own way. I know it is all temporary. But still there is no justice…

Seeker 2: Yes. But now I have got a different perspective of everything. I too was totally fed-up with everything. I really didn’t know the purpose to live. Except for Krishna and Srimad Bhagavatham which is teaching me to just float away till there is life in this body.

Seeker 1: People change a lot.

Seeker 2: Yes, those whom we thought are genuine are not in reality. Just the self-interests prevail!

Seeker 1: Yes it is difficult to understand when and why people change. Sometimes I feel it’s very difficult to change but sometimes people easily change. I’m not getting the connecting dots.

Seeker 2: Money and business is more important than anything for them!

Seeker 1: Money changes ones character than anything else. Nothing else changes people’s character as much as money. Why? Any perfect scientific answer to this?

Seeker 2: Yes. People are obsessed with materialistic comforts and only money can get it according to them.

Seeker 1: Is there any reason for it as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatham? There is something beyond that I believe apart from money.

Seeker 2: Definitely. Srimad Bhagavatham is full of being away from materialistic obsessions and how to find peace within oneself understanding the science of God.

Seeker 2: Krishna will give what one honestly deserves and He will also give the opportunity to earn it in a dignified way.

Seeker 1: True

Seeker 2: Just that we should not lose our dignity in front of money minded materialistic people.

Seeker 1: Absolutely true… But this again has been planned by Him?

Seeker 2: Learn to live within our limitations. First starting with the eating habits and stop gratifying our tongue. Rest will automatically follow. Our body just needs one meal a day!

Seeker 1: Interesting. What are the best eating habits? What is the best to eat?

Seeker 2: Only lunch is sufficient. Just normal homemade vegetarian food.

Seeker 1: Are you serious?

Seeker 2: Yes. One should try to avoid eating at hotels as much as possible because food is not prepared in our presence and also they are seldom offered to the Gods.

Seeker 1: Can you explain more? What are the noticeable changes one could observe on doing this?

Seeker 2: Actually you don’t need to eat that much food. The body doesn’t need it. It’s all availability and temptation. Only some vairagya (dispassion / renunciation) and clearly analyzing the impact of certain food stuffs on our thought process can bring about a change in us. Fasting twice a month (Ekadashis) subsisting on only limited fruits also helps.

Some people might think that this is crazy and what is the necessity to put the body under this rigour.

Seeker 2: But the benefits are immense. First, it gives the body to tolerate pain and builds resilience.

Seeker 1: Just having lunch alone will not have health issues?

Seeker 2: Not at all. Even when you get fever, stomach pain etc. the body is able to handle the pain and the illness will go by itself after 2 days. No doctor no medicine! The healing power of the body at work, the ability to tolerate pain is what you gain from the power of Srimad Bhagavatham, food habits and fasting. Krishna and Srimad Bhagavatham is the best doctor. Most doctors are all bookish without any spiritual knowledge except a rare few…

Seeker 2: There is nothing that is not there in Srimad Bhagavatham. Srimad Bhagavatham is not just for the dying person. Krishna makes you know more about the purpose of life even when you are living and when you are in deep sorrow He is the best solace.

Footnote (for substantiation) : Eating in moderation has also been emphasized greatly in Bhagavat Gita and Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar’s Thirukural for uplifting one’s spiritual consciousness:

naty-asnatas ‘tu yogo ‘sti
na caikantam anasnatah
na cati-svapna-silasya
jagrato naiva carjuna

There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much, or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough. – Regulation of diet and sleep is recommended herein for the yogis. Too much eating means eating more than is required to keep the body and soul together.“ – Bhagavad Gita 6.16 (https://asitis.com/6/16.html) (Chapter 6 – Sankhya Yoga)

செவிக்குண வில்லாத போழ்து சிறிது
வயிற்றுக்கும் ஈயப் படும்

Translation
When ’tis no longer time the listening ear to feed 
With trifling dole of food supply the body’s need.

Explanation
When there is no food for the ear, give a little also to the stomach.

Chapter 42 – Listening, Thirukural No. 412. (http://www.thirukkural.com/2009/01/blog-post_9406.html#412 – Beautiful multiple explanations are given here in the Tamil language : For those who are lucky to read Tamil, the beauty can be much more appreciated than the above plain explanations.

And…Finally, here is something from the scientific community on this subject, the common misconceptions explained:


  1. https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-unhealthy-to-eat-only-one-big-meal-per-day?no_redirect=1

  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413113005032?via%3Dihub . The below conclusion is from this article:
IF – Intermittent Fasting(One meal a day), PF – Periodic Fasting(Once a week etc.)
AD – Alzheimer’s Disease, PD – Parkinson’s Disease
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