JIVA has been actively providing free food to people belonging to low socio economic status as well as to pilgrims. It is conducted as a regular program in many areas across the world. Added to that, in case of calamities, our volunteers provide food and cooking materials to the victims of disaster.
One Person can’t feed many.. But Many can feed at least one
Today, the society is facing lot of unrest. There is turmoil everywhere. Agitations have become the order of the day. Life of people is filled with chaos. The cause for the disturbance we see around is unstable mind. And the reason for unstable mind is food. Let us find out what solution Lord Krushna gave us to conquer our mind and be peaceful.
yuktha:ha:ra viha:rasya yuktha che:shtasya karmasu I
yuktha swapna:vabo:dhasya yo:go: bhavathi duhkha ha: II
In Chapter 6 sloka 17 of Bhagavad Githa, Lord says “Eat recommended food only and in recommended portions. Recreate yourself in moderation. Stay away from bad entertainments. Don’t be a workaholic. Sleep as per the recommended time. Perform your activities moderately and success will follow you.”
Proper food is very important to cater to all these requirements. Sathvik food as recommended in Chapter 17 of Bhagavad Githa is the key for it. After picking up good food, it should be purified and sanctified too. The process for purification of food is explained in the 3rd chapter. Prepare food with good thought and that act becomes a yajna by which all impurities of that food will be eliminated.
And again in 15th chapter, He explains as how to eat it. The energy called ‘Vaiswa:nara’ seated in the hearts of everybody digests everything that is sent into the stomach. He converts the food into energy being in the form of a variety of ‘pra:na’ and distributes it to the whole body so that every limb becomes strong, mind becomes strong and enables the intellect to guide properly. It is because the food we eat is segregated into three categories – gross, middle and subtle. Gross form of food will be excreted in the form of waste, middle form of food forms the muscles and subtle form of food adds inspiration to the mind. The below manthra from Cha:ndogya Upanishad explains this
annam asitham thre:dha vidhi:yathe:
thasya yas stthavistto dha:thuhu that pu:risham bhavathi
yo:madhyamas than ma:msam yo: anisttaha than mahaha
Our body segregates all the food so that it gives us constant energy by which we can think, speak and act properly. When you adopt the process prescribed in Bhagavad Githa, you get sound sleep and your behavior will be perfect with the people around. Look how simple and easily understandable the message from Githa is. There is perfect scientific reasoning behind, yet the message is presented in a simple and straight forward manner for us to understand it easily.