The Philosophy of Foods

There is a belief in Hindu philosophy that certain foods carry vibrations. This relates back to the theory of the three gunas. The idea behind the gunas is that all things in the universe arise from prakriti the primordial energy. In prakriti the three primary gunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) emerge creating the essential aspects of nature, energy matter and consciousness.

Tamas is the state of darkness, inertia, laziness, inactivity and materiality. Tamas manifests from ignorance and deludes all beings from the spiritual truth of their being.

Rajas is the state of energy, action, change and movement. Attraction, longing, and attachments bind us to the fruit of our work.

Sattva is the state of harmony, peace, balance and intelligence.

The mind’s psychological qualities are highly unstable and can quickly fluctuate between these three gunas. These gunas exist in various degrees amongst different human beings and can be altered depending on your lifestyle and activities. This theory extends to even the food we eat, because what we take into our body affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Tamasic foods include meat, poultry, fish, alcohol, intoxicants, and foods that are over processed or rotten. They also believe that foods that are prepared by a person unconsciously or in the state of anger or in a negative mood can make the food tamasic. The result is that inertia sets in, and one’s mind is filled with negative qualities such as anger, greed, and jealousy.

Rajasic foods would be food that’s hot, bitter, sour, or dry. Examples would be spices, onion, garlic, tea, coffee, soda, chocolate, pickles, etc. This kind of food excites the mind and provides energy to the body to perform tasks that need to be accomplished.

Sattvic foods are fresh organic fruit or vegetables, whole grains and nuts, milk and butter, and beans and lentils. It is fresh food that draws energy from the earth and nourishes the body, helping the person maintain a peaceful mind. It helps in maintaining good health and longevity.

If you would like to learn more about the nature of foods and how it affects the quality of your mind, I encourage you to consult an ayurvedic doctor. They can help recommend a suitable diet based on your body type. You can even experiment with different foods based of the categories I’ve told you about and see how you feel. In future articles, I’ll write more about Ayurveda and nutritional tips you can use.

Stay Tuned,

Anonymous Teddy Bear