Concept of yogic diet for healthy life and living-Dr. B. R. Sharma

Доклад от Йога конгреса с международно участие – София, 2013г.

On the name of modern culture we are striving to follow unnatural life style and unknowingly acquiring highly disastrous habits. One of such habits is related to food that becomes the cause of various problems. Food plays an important role for healthy life and living. It is said as we eat so we develop our thought and behaviour. In this article an effort has been made to understand concept of Yogic Diet and the other guidelines with regards to food recommended in Yogic Literature.

Key words: ¡h¡ra, mit¡h¡ra, yukt¡h¡ravih¡ra.

Ancient and Classical Literature on Yoga provides a golden rule to mankind (yukta- ahara –vihara etc.)–“Moderation in everything is good” and “Excess of anything is bad” – for healthy life and living. If we follow this rule in our day today life with regard to food, sleep, recreation etc. then there is seldom any health hazard. This aspect we all know but it is said that there is a difference between knowing the path and walking on the path. Human being is said to be the best creation on this earth because of the ability to choose. However, we misuse this ability rather than using it properly thereby we become the victim of several psycho-somatic disorders. Modern society is the worst example in this regard – which has really misguided itself on the name of modern culture wherein the concept of fast food is very much prevalent. All human values are losing their meaning and every person is striving to follow this unnatural modern lifestyle blindly and is unknowingly acquiring highly disastrous habits. In this article an effort has been made to understand the concept of Yogic Diet. Yoga shows us the door for healthy life and living but unless and until we walk through it every statement mentioned below will remain sheer imagination . We can develop the wisdom of our body-mind complex through yoga only if we live these concepts in our day-to-day life.
Material and Methods Following traditional texts have been reviewed critically and compared with dietary guidelines followed by
modern dieticians:
1. Bhagavatg¢t¡ (B.G.),2.Ch¡ndogyopaniÀad (Ch.up.),3.TaitriyopaniÀad (Tai.up.), 4.Ha¶haprad¢pik¡ (H.P),
5. Ghera¸·a SaÆhit¡ (G.S.), 6. áiva SaÆhit¡ (S.S.), 7.YogopaniÀad and 8. AÀ¶¡´gayoga of Cara¸ad¡sa.

I. General understanding of Diet
At the outset let me make it clear that there is a lot of difference in the eastern and western concept of  diet since there is great difference in Eastern and Western life style, values, habits and thinking etc. Westerners are more concerned with the nutritive value of the food that they consume and the food items are analyzed on the basis of Protein, Carbohydrate, Fat and Vitamin etc. The balanced diet is decided on the
basis of the quantity of these values which can be increased or decreased depending upon the needs of an individual. Unfortunately, no thought has been given on sources of the food items, since no food item is prohibited to them. Therefore, it can be stated that Western dieticians have focused their attention mainly on physical health. Effect of food on mind and behaviour of an individual has not given much importance.

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