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Bhagavad Gita Online Class 130

A guide to the types of food we should eat and the physical, mental, spiritual, societal and environmental benefits of a pure vegetarian diet (chapter 17 verses 10 to 16) 


 •How the foods we can eat are of three types: sattva (goodness), rajas (passion) and tamas (dullness).


•The foods which promote life, vitality, strength, health, joy and cheerfulness, which are sweet, soft, nourishing and agreeable are dear to the "good."


•Why food of the mode of sattva (goodness) increases life, increases the intellect, increases strength, increases vitality, increases health increases joy and increases love.


•In Ayurveda it is said that the stomach is split into four parts. Two of these four parts are for food, one of these four parts is for water and one of these four parts should be kept empty.


•How our Rishis and Munis were able to live for thousands of years.


•Why when you sit to eat with someone then there should be an increase in love between you.


•The foods that are bitter, sour, saltish, very hot, pungent, harsh and burning, producing pain, grief and disease are liked by the "passionate."


•That which is spoiled, tasteless, putrid, stale, refuse and unclean is the food dear to the "dull."


•The physical, mental, spiritual, societal and environmental benefits of a pure vegetarian diet.


•How scientists have proved that there are some hormones and secretions in the bodies of animals, which cause detriment to the people will eat them.


•How the progeny that is born from animals has a part of vasnas (desires) filled inside it.


•How foods of the mode of tamas (dullness) give us wrong thoughts and damage our bodies.


•That Yagna which is offered, according to the scriptural law, by those who expect no reward and believe firmly that it is their duty to offer the Yagna, is "good".


•The different types of Yagna that we can perform.


•Why one should perform Yagna without wishing for the fruits. It should be performed without a feeling of desire. It should be performed with love towards the other person.  A study of the Rājasuya Yagna performed by the Pandavas and the intelligence of Drapuadi in the Mahabharata.


•Yagna that are offered in expectation of reward by concentrating on the fruits (when one thinks that "I am performing Yagna for this") or for the sake of display out of hypocrisy are of the mode of rajas (passion).


•The Yagna which is not in conformity with the law, in which no food is distributed, no hymns are chanted and no fees are paid, which is empty of faith, they declare to be "dull".


•We do not give much importance to objects; donations of food were given a lot of importance.


•A study of the Apurna stotram about how food is the grace of the Mother Goddess Apurna.  A great story from the life of Swami Satyamitrananda Giriji Māharāj.


•The importance of dakshinā (fees) to Brahmins and why a dakshinā (fees) should never go away sad.


Chapter 17 verse 10:


Chapter 17 verse 11:


Chapter 17 verse 12:


Chapter 17 verse 13:


Chapter 17 verse 14:


Chapter 17 verse 15:


Chapter 17 verse 16:


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