Mahaabhaarat | Geetaa
|Food in Geetaa|
Wise ones eat the food that remains after being offered to Yagya thus, they are
released from all evils.
In the process of procuring our food, to some extent, we cause trouble to
nature and also to other beings.
Interestingly Geetaa talks about the type of food also preferred by Saattwik, Raajasik and Taamasik people. It never mentions meat as Taamasik food. Read the reproduced verses from Chap 17 here :--
Foods that promote
longevity, vitality, stamina, health, happiness, and contentment and foods that
are tasty, mild, nourishing, and pleasant are dear to those of the nature of
Foods that cause
pain, sorrow, and sickness, and foods that are bitter, sour, salty, excessively
hot, spicy, dry, and pungent are dear to those of the nature of Raajas.
Foods which are
insipid, stale, rotten, left-over, filthy, and unhygienic are dear to those of
the nature of Taamas.
In verses 8-10 describing the kinds of food that people like, "...dear to those of the nature of Sattwa (or Raajas or Taamas)" is perhaps just an indication of what they don't mind eating. It is likely that a person who relishes stale food will also relish fresh food, but not the other way round!). Thus attitude is more important than any taboo.
Sushma Gupta On 3/9/02
Modified on 06/23/11