Food determines thought ~ 13 Oct 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 136

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  1. “Eat simple & natural food” said MMS 118. Today’s MMS takes this idea to its next level, simplifying modern “Nutritional Neuroscience” – which says eating colourful fruits & vegetables floods the brain with anti-oxidants & vitamins.. which help neurons in the brain fire faster & better. Those sparks determine the speed & quality of thought.
    Anjaneya is the new brand ambassador for “Nutritional Neuroscience”. His love for ‘Vadamala’, fruits & vegetables is legendary. Vada is made of black urad dal / lentil – rich in Choline – a B Vitamin which the brain uses to make its neurotransmitters.. chemicals that help fire thoughts. That is why he is invoked as “Manojava” – meaning Swift in thought & as fast as thought.
    Pranams Gurudeva, You’ve also revealed today, the secret of your Manojavam.. A diet of colourful fruits, vegetables & juices.. so energizing .We’ll follow your food idea & grow to be Hanumans you’ll be proud of. Jaya Guru Datta, Your Puttuji.

    • on October 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Siveruste Gurustrata Gurau ruste na kascana
    tasmat paragurum labdhva tameva saranam vrajet !!

    Millions of Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Dattavatara Sadgurudeva !!

    • on October 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Jaya Guru Datta ! Om Namoh Hanumathe Namaha

    • dariashakti on October 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji! As one who suffers from salicylate intolerance, I know well the effect that food can have on your emotions. Eating what seems like “good” foods to everyone else can plunge me into the depths of depression or into a state of unexplained rage or fear or into a complete mental fog. It took me years to know what was happening to me and to begin to understand what foods had a particular effect. The difference in my mind and personality when I eat “properly” for my illness is astounding. I think diabetics also understand this lesson very well. The average person who doesn’t have such extreme reactions should try keeping a food diary to examine their emotions and their food intake. My doctor has explained that what I eat can affect me emotionally up to three to five days “after” eating it. The results aren’t always instant. So it’s important to pay attention and remember what you’ve eaten. This is such an important message, Swamiji! People truly don’t understand how food affects their mind….

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on October 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

    JGD Appaji

    The world is a projection of our mind. The mind reflects our inner senses outside. And our inner senses are influenced by the food we eat. “Garbage in Garbage out”. This MMS teaches us we have to be very careful especially in food matters. I have experienced that offering whatever we cook daily to the Divine as Naivedya adds additional vibrations to the food. We can further ensure we are eating good food by always offering it to Appaji first, that way we ensure that nothing bad or negative is on our plate.

    • Lakshmimahipal on October 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Swamiji. Pranams at your lotus feet. You are teaching us everyday all the good things how to eat how to develope ourselves into better human beings. Every minute of our life you are guiding us Swamiji. THE MOST COMPASSIONATE SADGURU of all the times. How lucky we are. Om Namo Hanumatae Namaha. Sree Guru Datta.

    • Manu on October 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Jai Guru Datta,
    so it´s an iddle belief that we are seperate beings living in a seperate world and that what we take in doesn´t have an influence on us because we merely function as machines. Far failed. Tamasic food will enhance tamasic qualities, rajaic food or sattvic food do the same accordingly. We decide what to eat or read or see or hear (most of the time) and our preferences show a lot about ourselves. Maybe it´s also some sort of sadhana to go against my own “natural” or usual habits and to decide to take that food wich is most sattvic. Sometimes it´s a bit difficult to not watch that nerve straining film on tv about wich I know that it may entertain me shortwhile but has a strainous effect on my nervoussystem and on my sleep. Or to leave away this extra piece of choclate or bisquit. Thank god I already quit eating meat long ago. So, please, dear Swamiji, strengthen my sense of discrimination and discipline and help me to choose the right diet physicaly as well as mentaly and spiritually.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • Savitri on October 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Food is also energy, and we are also energy. So we can choose, from which energy we want more. There is sattvic energy, but also tamasi energy. The best are fresh fruits and vegetabils. I like them and eat a lot of them.

  2. Jaya Guru Datta
    Dear Swami Avadhotta,

    The connection between all bodies is YOU teach us and we have to understand, so i will follow and eat good things, for a good mind and body and soul :-)))

    Sri Guru Datta

    • Shanthi Anupindi on October 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I absolutely believe in today’s MMS and try to follow as much as possible. As it is said ‘you are what you eat’ and following Pujya Appaji’s instructions allow us to have a healthy mind, body and spirit!

    Thank you Sri Swamiji for yet another beneficial reminder !! Images and background bhajan in this video are simply superb !

    • laxman on October 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

    jai guru datta

    • on October 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Jai Guru Datta Puttuji !!
    Beautiful Dharsen of Appaji with Sri Karyasiddhi Hanuman, Bangalore in Darpana Alankara and Vada Mala. Om Namo Hanumatey Namaha !!
    Thank you Puttuji, We will follow Appaji’s food idea. Sri Guru Datta !!

    • on October 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Jai guru Datta
    Puttuji I was a lucky person on my birthday this year, I was mistakenly heard from somebody that eating onions is good , but by order of appaji I should stop onions and pickles immediately . After stoping to eat this two items I felt really happy from my health and my headache stopped from that day.
    So what we eat matters a lot.
    Thank a lot for this appaji
    Sri guru datta

    • KUMAR GANAPATHIRAMAN on October 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Jaya Guru Datta

    • on October 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Eating Satvic food is very important and that has been depicted very nicely in this MMS. Eating too much spicy food with lots of masala makes one carry bad temper, leave alone a bad breath! On the other hand, eating mild, fresh and satvic food helps garner soft thoughts that make us gentle in our actions. Eating red meat makes cholesterol levels shoot upwards. When broccoli can give same llevels of nutrition, why not consume that instead of meat?? The person who is cooking and serving and the person who is being served should be peaceful and pure. The surroundings in which we eat should be peaceful and emanate happiness. This is essential in helping the human body absorb nutrients. That is the reason we are advised to eat in a dedicated place in our homes, away from TVs and books. Appaji, hats off to you, you teach us simple things so effectively. Thanks a lot, Pranams to your lotus feet. JGD, SGD!!

    • on October 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    With divine Blessings from SRI SWAMIJI i stopped eating Non veg from 1997 ,
    I believe in SRI SWAMIJI words food really reflects our behavior.Pranams at your lotus feet GURU DEVA.

    • Sripada Paranjyothi on October 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    jaya guru datta Puttuji….i think this is the second time Appaji prompted us to eat Satvic food in the MMSes….and today i got to know a new Mantra of my favourite Anjaneya, “Om Manojavaya Namaha”.. Om Manojavaya Namaha 🙂 jaya guru datta Appaji….

    • on October 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Om Anjaneyaya Namah
    We have such a big choice of organic grown vegetables and fruit. It is really wonderful!
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • Edward Yogi Bharath on October 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    JGD, it seems for ages I have been telling my family, friends and associates that this the the way to a healthier life. Many have taken the advice and added fruits, veges and holistic foods to their diets. Now, I wish that they all will read Sadgurudeva’s MMS. SGD

    • lalithabalaji on October 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    gurasi aunadischa guruh parama dirwathum
    guru samman kovasthi thusmie sri guravenamah

    • prakashbabu bhadra on October 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    gurumadye sthithum viswam viswa madyr sthitho guruh
    viswrupo viruposou thusmie sri guravenamah

    • Kambhoji on October 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is a very plain and clear statement! Thank you so much Sri Swamiji!
    What we eat we will become. It has a lot also to do with our discipline.
    I want to follow your advice still more strictly.
    It is like an everyday-guide – what a wonderful gift you give us with these wise words and videos!
    Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

    • venkateswrudu bhdra on October 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    naguroradikum naguriradikum
    naguroradikum naguroradikum
    sivasasanathah sivasasanathah
    siva sasanathah sivasasanathah||
    sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama om namo hanumathe namah

    • Joseph on October 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Fascinating message, I was not aware that food plays a role in thoughts. Oh, this was a new lesson to me that food plays a role for thoughts, i know food plays a role on physical health, but on mind or thoughts is a new one. If it is this simple measure to practice for nice thoughts, surely all of us should follow. This message seems to be extension of earlier message MMS-118 by Sri Swamiji’s “Eat simple and  natural food”. Probably like we take care of physical health with food even our thoughts should be pious and taken care of for complete health and spiritual journey.

    • Archana Penukonda on October 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Thank You for this message, Puttuji! “A man is what he eats”. I’ve heard this for years, but began believing this not so long ago. I was born into a vegetarian family, but processed foods, junk/fast food and large portions still made it to my diet. After years of listening to Sri Swamiji’s discourses, I believed that food has a lot to do with your spiritual progress in particular and with your thoughts and actions in general. I remember a great master of Yogi once tell me that despite her sadhana, she found something missing in her ascent up the spiritual ladder until she realized it was her diet. I recall Pujya Bala Swamiji mentioning during the Chaturmasya Ramayana discourse that we should avoid raw onions. The overall lesson from such messages is to keep food sattvic, pure and natural. Swamiji recommends that our food be sattvic and consumed in moderation. It’s an essential ingredient for a healthy life and for our spiritual progress in as much as a healthy body is required for spiritual progress. Obeisance to the Holy Lotus Feet!

    • pushpa on October 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    When I came in contact with Bhuddisme i realized how important It is what we eat,’ You are what you eat’, they said and it took me a while to understand, as i had no Guru at that time. So i understood who important it is to eat sattvic, organic and lively food. thanks Appaji to emphazise again. Om namo hanumte namaha.

  3. Jai Guru Datta, Food determines physical body’s health also.
    Pranam Sadguru for cleansing our mind, body and soul.

    • padmamadala on October 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    జయ గురుదత్త, శ్రీ గురుదత్త, ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    ఓం శ్రీ ఆంజనేయాలయాసక్తాయ నమః
    సాత్వికాహారము ఆరోగ్యము నిచ్చును
    పాలు, చారు మజ్జిగ, ఆయుస్సును పెంచును
    మంచిమాట నలుగురితో స్నేహమునే పెంచును
    భక్తీ శక్తి చేర్చగలదు సచ్చిదానంద గురువును !
    శ్రీ గురుదేవుల పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు.
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

    • on October 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Dear Appaji, I thank you very much for planting the wish of being a vegetarian long before I met You again in this life. I thank you for cleansing me so that I mostly long for fresh, organic vegetables and fruits (and only very seldom long for non-sattvic food like chips, pizza etc.). Now, trying to eat sattvic for a number of years, I cannot compare directly how it would be otherwise, but I simply feel very happy to eat healthy. And by the way: there is none more delicious food than the prasadam at Mysuru! Sri Guru Datta!

    • Madhavi Katta on October 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta!
    Really we are very lucky. You are talking care about every bit food,work,aims,spiritual saadhana and all in our life. We are safe in our sadguru direction. Thank you Appaji.
    My humble pranamams to your lotus feet.
    Om Namo Hanumathe Namah.
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namah.

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Spiritual individuals and Veda practitioners eat in private, in clean specific surroundings, not in public view. They purify themselves and then only eat food that has first been offered to God. They do not eat stale or refrigerated food. Food is not an inert physical substance that builds just the body. It is full of life, consciousness and a powerful aura. That is why it maintains our life force and guides our thoughts and personality traits which reflect as actions. It is sensitive to outside influences & vibrations. Water & food exposed to Swamiji’s music show a remarkably enhanced aura. Food becomes pure and divine when offered to God. A tiger eats food obtained by violence & acts violently. A vegetarian elephant, huge and powerful, is yet gentle and can be tamed. The negative thoughts & moods of people affect the foods that they see, smell, handle, prepare, and consume. Who can control the mental state of a chef at an eatery? A caring mother chants prayers while cooking.

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Swamiji’s aunt Venkamma is my mentor in controlling my food intake. Ever since she instructed Satyanarayana that what one eats determines one’s thoughts and personality, it grabbed my attention totally. She spelled out the importance of choosing the foods that one consumes, namely, fresh, non-spicy, mild, nutritious and Satvic substances. She also explained that the state of mind of all those who handle the food, affects how the food influences the personality and thought process of the consumer of the food. The mental state of the cook should be pure and undisturbed. The person handling the food to serve, should have a pure, satvic temperament. The person, while eating the food, should be calm, and thinking devout thoughts for the food to have the best possible influence on one’s body and mind. Hence, eating out in restaurants, and watching violent scenes on TV, or reading trashy material while eating or drinking is an absolute NO, because the food then becomes contaminated and foul.

    • Glory of Rama on October 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    There is much more to purity of food than what is obvious to the naked eye and what our normal reasoning can determine.Some Indian families are extremely finicky about what is referred to in Telugu as, ‘engili’ – namely, contamination by saliva. The concept seems to be absent in some western countries, where to my horror, the chef frequently dips a finger in the food and licks it with relish and dips it in again, or uses the same spoon over and over again to stir food, after touching it to the lips to taste. The personality traits of the person and germs get carried into the food through saliva and touch when that is done. Some Indians refuse to even use the same dinner plate that has been used by others. Eating on a leaf is considered the safest to be free from contamination by others’ germs or traits. Food cooked, touched by, or even looked at by another, influences it, as per our scriptures. When food is exposed to violent people or scenes, the results on the eater can be negative.

    • Glory of Rama on October 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    The procedure for the practice of offering the first five cooked rice grains without tasting, to the five vital life forces within the body with specific mantras, is described in Swamiji’s Life History. This mandatory practice fulfills the human obligation of offering to the gods first, before consuming the gifts that they have bestowed upon us. This practice also makes the food worthy for consuming by making it holy. JGD

    • umanagamani nyshadham on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    జై గురుదత్త శ్రీ గురుదత్త పాహిమాం తండ్రి రక్షమాం శ్రీ గురుభ్యో నమః ఓం నమో వెంకటేశాయ నమః మీరు మాకు మంచి దారి చూపించారు ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః

    • T.r.sethuraman, Cochin on October 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Puttuji, here I remember even Appaji’s speech held in Chennai ashram on April  14th, 2011 onTamil newyear day. The essence of the speechis that while you take your food  don’t talk in length, remember God before eating, do not speak over phone, do not watch TV at that time etc. If you don’t follow these basic requirements, you will spoil your health also. Similarly here Appaji is saying further about the quality of our food which is to be taken daily for keeping our health fit. Really speaking all our ideas and actions are decided through our brain only. That is why Appaji is giving so much importance for the brain. Therefore if your brain works properly, then your thoughts for doing anything or actions will be fast and in such cases we will be like Hanuman. Hence we follow you Appaji and your words and take nutritional food as suggested by you to keep our health properly and make use for doing good deeds and also think in the right way. That is why even we remember Yourwords saying that pray to God to give us first health, then knowledge and wealth.   JGD.

    • Prasad Madala on October 14, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    Food determines thought, Thought determines action….overall food determines our character. I always remember SWAMIJI’s story about elephant and lion.
    The song and video are excellent in this MMS.
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha!

  4. Jaya Guru Datta. As a diabetic I know very well the combination between food and emotions. This desease is my every-day-teacher. I am very happy about this MMS. Sri SwamiJi takes care of all our behaviours. MMS for me is also “good food”. Thank you Appaji.

    • Maurice Clarke on October 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

    JGD. May the food we eat optimize our path to permanently enthroning Datta’s feet in our heart of hearts. JGD

    • Dr.Satyanarayana&Dr.umadevi,SGS Hospital,Mysore.INDIA. on October 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

    JGD.Good Food, Good Thought,Good Action.Eat Good,Think Good,Act Good.

    • LavanyaAnand on October 14, 2012 at 11:35 am


    • on October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I have experienced this first hand. When I was a “consumer of animal flesh” my attention went to those matters of the flesh and the world. As the many years have passed since a diet of no meat, my thoughts are more directed to the Divine. Less confusion and more clarity of thoughts means more Peace. I am Grateful to Sri Swamiji for His guidance and Love. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Radha from on October 15, 2012 at 3:43 am

    JAYA GURU DATTA! I`m very happy and thankful, that I became a vegetarian when I met You, beloved Sadgurudeva. We have all the tasty food we can cook and eat. Many many thanks and pranams to Your holy lotusfeet, dearest Appaji. S.G.D.!

    • Madhu Talwar on October 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    jgd ‘jaisaa anna vaisaa mun’ aur ‘mun ke jeetey jeeta hai mun ke haarey haar’ . mere! Satguru Ji Aapkey dikhaaye maarga par Aap Hi chalaa rahey hain. Aapki charan sharan mein surakshita Datta Stava ke aashrit onhn sgd .

    • svetha on October 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Gerne schliesse ich mich Puttuji’s Aussage an und will farbige Früchte und Gemüse essen und so zu einem kräftigen Hanuman heranwachsen, auf den DU stolz sein kannst, mein liebster GURUDEVA.

    • on October 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Puttuji,

    When we eat healthy, we can feel the briskness in our mind and body. During deeksha time, our body becomes very light and makes us better concentrate on god then worldly thoughts, i think that is why it is said not to eat any salt or spices during deeksha.
    Thank you for this beautiful MMS video message. We will follow this and be fit to do service at the lotus feet of our pujya gurudeva Sri Swamiji.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • Sarumati on October 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Since long, it`s a fix idea from me to eat fresh and colourful meals, especially red fruits
    and vegetables. This colour gives my body good basic energy!
    But for everyone it`s something different.
    So I`m very fond of this video and message.
    Tamasic food is so contra productive, satvic food is so effective, healthy and pure !!!
    Jai Guru Datta !

    • Aarka on October 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Food determines thought ~ 13 Oct 2012

    Namaste Puttuji, wonderful video showing natural food with beautiful bhajan. Food determines thought and thought determines action. Hence action is based on type of food intake. In Follow the Master, Appaji explained about the type of food to be taken and it’s effect on the mind. In Appaji’s life history, Appaji gave detailed explanation to a devotee how to take food. As food is the source of energy and as it nourishes every part of the body, it plays a main role. As mind is the source of action and as it is nourished by the food, action depends on type of food intake. Life style has changed much. Junk food took the place of natural food likewise changes in human characters. Datta Kriya Yoga teaches natural food methods to keep chakras in tone for a healthy body and mind. More than all, it is the best to follow Guru’s orders what to eat, what not to eat without any doubt. Thank You Puttuji. Namaste.

    • tunga on November 6, 2012 at 6:33 am

    this is a lesson that sri swamiji is teaching me since many years by His loving patient inner guiding. the energy and effect of food is most fascinating and ayurveda is a science that in my view excels most modern sophisticated western nutrition theories, except for some academic outsider research like that of the german fritz albert popp showing how living cells emit ultraweak light radiation he calls biophotons and that the body is nourished from the biophotons in the food. in the late 19th and early 20th century the swiss physician max bircher-benner inspired by eastern philosophy developed similar concepts of nourishment. when I eat I try to be conscious of absorbing the light in the food and not the material. and when I see what and how most people eat I regard it in relation to violence, carelessness and mental contamination.

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