Consuming food is Yadnya Karma (यज्ञकर्म – a sacred act)

Food is the fuel of human life. But it is not as simple as it seems, many people do have digestion problems like bloating stomach pain, constipation.

One of the reasons behind this is grabbing or munching of food. According to Ayurveda the process of eating food is very important for our physical and mental health.

To improve digestion we need to sit in a proper way and remain calm.  Every culture has its own way of saying a prayer of thanksgiving before eating a single morsel of food,  the Christians say their grace.

There is an old shloka (chant) recited before stating the meal.

vadani kaval gheta naam ghya shri-hariche l
sahaj havan hote naam gheta phukache l
jivan kari jivitva anna he purn-brahma l
udar-bharan nohe janije yadnya-karma ll 1 ll

वदनि कवळ घेता नाम घ्या श्रीहरीचे ।
सहज हवन होते नाम घेता फुकाचे ।
जिवन करि जिवित्वा अन्न हे पूर्णब्रह्म ।
उदरभरण नोहे जाणिजे यज्ञकर्म ॥१॥

Eating is not  merely for filling stomach but is a sacred act of consuming healthy meal for a complete digestion and so be humble and satisfied with the food.
 We should always remember that we are indeed so blessed to have food of our own choice. There is nothing wrong in being humble,  we should be grateful for the rain (nature in a way) and the farmers for their hard work for the harvests, the fire to cook the food and all the helping hands responsible for serving the food on our plates everyday. A simple way to express gratitude is by saying a thanksgiving prayer at the end of a meal
“Annadaata Sukhi Bhav!”
These small tips are to make us healthier and happier.
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10 thoughts on “Consuming food is Yadnya Karma (यज्ञकर्म – a sacred act)

  1. mukhamani September 14, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Eating in the right way at the same time every day makes a lot of difference.

    • Raconteur September 29, 2014 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks Chrisb. I am glad you like it.

  2. Santosh Namby February 8, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Beautifully written…
    I usually say the prayer
    Haridaata Hari Bhokta Hari Annam Prajapati
    Hari Vipra Shareerastu Bhukte Bhojayate Hari
    before meals….

    • Raconteur February 9, 2015 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Santosh for stopping by my blog and for the nice shlok.
      I looked into your blog and I must say you are an artist. The pictures are so beautiful. Allow me to say “nazar nahi hatati”. But I was no table to appreciate them on the post itself. 🙂
      Have a nice week.

      • Santosh Namby February 10, 2015 / 7:57 pm

        Thanks friend for visiting my blog and for your great words of encouragement. I love photography and comments from friends make it really worth it.
        By the way, most of my photos are on my website http://www.santoshnc.com
        Thanks for visiting….
        PS: You have some wonderful photos on your blog as well….

  3. dunelight February 11, 2015 / 1:48 am

    What a lovely thought. I am guilty of eating quickly so I can move on to the next thing.

    • Raconteur February 11, 2015 / 9:00 am

      Most of us do the same thing these days. People are so busy on week days but then we do have weekends 🙂 May be then we can enjoy our meal with our loved ones.

  4. litadoolan May 18, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    This is a great reminder of how food is part of our well being. Thank you.

    • Raconteur May 18, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you. You are very kind.

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