This post is related to health, forgive me I will not be able to tell any medical terms or will not be able to provide any medical reasoning. But will try to share little knowledge with you all in my own words. I truly hope the message reaches you all.
Taittiriya Upanishad’s Brughuvalli section speaks about 3 great commandments and that is not about any doing great virtues or sacrifices but trust me its all about RESPECTING FOOD.
Commandment 1: “annam na nindhyAth!” meaning “Do not abuse Food!”
While consuming food I have often observed people complaining about taste, color, consistency, Method of preparation, fragrance and so on the list has no ending. Seeing this I keep thinking is this the last time they are going to have food? Is this the last meal of their life, if so I would truly accept their desire for perfection in food else what is the matter with you all? Come on respect the Patience, Cost, Love and care that has gone in preparing it and be considerate for this one time and enjoy it, as this will not be your last time!
Trust me it is scientifically proven that food consumed with good mood and with lot of interest is very easily digested and the nutrition is well absorbed into the body. So please try appreciating the meal if not for all the care someone took to cook it at least for being alive to eat it!
Commandment 2 “annam na pari-chaksheeta!” meaning “Do not discard Food!”
It just takes a second to throw the food but it takes year to grow a grain. As a kid I myself have hated when my parents used to force me to eat my meal fully and have thrown it in ignorance many a time. But after I have realized the value of it, even when I am paying for it I make sure I take only the quantity that I think I can consume. Please make sure you teach this to your kids. From their young age tell them the importance of having food 3-4 times a day so they know why they should not discard Food.
And we being grown ups, be it any place or occasion try not to waste food, try not to fill your plates like its feeding 10 mouths and then throw it giving it none.
Commandment 3 “annam bahu kurveeta!” meaning “Grow Food in abundance!”
Growing food, yes its not easy and when we know how difficult it is to grow we should really try to respect it and share it. But we often forget all these facts and ignore the abundant food we are having at this moment. Please do think twice when you are throwing food there are many mouth waiting to be fed eagerly. So try and share the food.
I have realized anything given in abundance we surely wont respect it, be it love, money, care or food!
Having said all these, I want all my wise readers to please respect food for it’s the best gift god has given us. And also to teach your children to know the value of the food served with so much love and care.