It is said in skanda purana, ‘One who uses the flesh of another body to fulfil the needs of his/her body is not a human being!’.
Sastra also states, ‘Yuktha:ha:ra viha:rasya Yuktha che:shtasya karmasu, Yuktha Swapna:va bo:dhasya yo:go: bhavathi dukhaha’. Yuktha means regulation / moderation. Anything (food, recreation, work) in excess leads to dukkha (unhappy state for the body).
There is so much more in terms of when to eat, what to eat, what to avoid, how much to eat etc. When we speak of food, don’t limit to what we intake from the mouth. Whatever we do to satiate other senses of the body are all considered ‘food’ for the body. Understanding what is right and essential to all those senses, and regulating our activities accordingly constitutes to keeping our body fit for the ultimate purpose! Now, check yourself and give a score for the first checkpoint, body!
Sri Rama Chandra is the perfect example of a complete human being! So, let’s aim to learn from Him and hopefully we can at least reach a certain extent and make our life meaningful.
– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji,
– 7th March, JIVA Campus
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