Look up the word “dieting” and what you find is: “Restricts oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” What a pity! The act of dieting is reduced merely to weight reduction. In India food was given extraordinary attention. So much so that the Upanishads called it divine: “Annam brahman”. Preparing food and eating it was equivalent to a sacrifice. It was considered a fuel to kindle the inner fire which was then used in meditation. The modern dietitians or nutritionists completely ignore this aspect of food.The nutritionists come up with so many theories and food products about what to eat and what not to eat that people get confused. Moreover their whole focus is on “what to eat” and not on “how to eat.” This is why dieting has become a painful exercise of restrain and repression.
Osho gives utmost importance to everything around food and the way we eat it because it builds the body which is the foundation of meditation. The body has to be conscious, agile and sensitive for intelligence to grow. The right-diet is that which does not create excitement in the mind, which is not intoxicating, does not make you heavy or lethargic.
So what is the right kind of food then? This formula could work for you: On the body level, right-food should be non-stimulating and nonviolent; on the psychological level the mind should be in a blissful state, graceful and joyous; and on the level of the soul there should be a feeling of gratefulness, of thankfulness. These three things make food the right-food.
Are you eating right?
By Amrit Sadhana