As per Ayurveda, the modes of nature have been divided into three categories, Sattva, Rajas and Tama. They are the modes which act mainly on the physical and the mental behavior of a person and hence, have a nice as well as a predominant effect on the nature of a person.
The first and foremost of them is Sattva Guna or the mode of goodness. This is the most powerful mode for the mind and is related directly with a controlled mind. When one comes in the mode of goodness, he can experience that his senses have been illuminated by knowledge.
The scripture Bhagwad Gita illustrates the effect of mode of goodness on various activities.
Bg 14.6 — O sinless one, the mode of goodness, being purer than the others, is illuminating, and it frees one from all sinful reactions. Those situated in that mode become conditioned by a sense of happiness and knowledge.
Bg 14.9 — O son of Bharata, the mode of goodness conditions one to happiness.
Bg 14.11 — The manifestation of the mode of goodness can be experienced when all the gates of the body are illuminated by knowledge.
Bg 14.14 — When one dies in the mode of goodness, he attains to the pure higher planets of the great sages.
Bg 14.17 — From the mode of goodness, real knowledge develops.
Bg 14.18 — Those situated in the mode of goodness gradually go upward to the higher planets
This is a brief description of a personality situated in the mode of goodness. Mode of goodness is predominated by the sweet taste and the food which is juicy. Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart (Bhagwad Gita 17.8).
When a person is in the mode of goodness, he is able to make discrimination between what is good and what is bad. He is very clean, tolerant and has control over his mind. Such a person never commits Pragyaparadh, the cause of all mental miseries in the science of Ayurveda. He never eats what is forbidden and what is not good for his health. He knows what the seasonal regime is and what is to be taken and what is not to be taken. Since his senses are illuminated by knowledge he has a clear mindset and hence, is very less prone to mental illness.
He may come to the stage of false arrogance of knowledge and hence, may have to suffer the result of the same.
Many of us believe in the philosophy of quitting their favourite edible or avoiding materialistic luxuries to please the God and receiving blessings in return for fulfilment of the desired wish. This concept is prevalent during the seven or eight days of fasting of Navratras. Yet if you are not one of those who can fast, still you have to abide by the rituals of food pattern in the house.
Remember- Strict NO to Non-Vegetarian food!
All of us are aware about the prohibition of non-veg food items and even onion and garlic during Navratri festival; so let’s explore the cause behind it.
*NAVRATRI occurs during the two major changes of season i.e. fall into winters and then winters into spring. This period has the highest probability of affecting our immune system; and such changes in the nature and environment around us also brings alterations within us. Thus it is better to go for easily digestible edibles which are healthy and nourishing and also activates the positivity within you.*
Other reasons for avoiding non-veg:
- Non vegetarian food is high in Tamasic content that consumes a much longer time for digestion and creates an aura of irritation and negativity.
- The animals are slaughtered inhumanely which leads to a cover of pain and distressing energy around the meat; which keep on growing as we consume them.
- Certain issues like respiratory diseases, heart diseases, indigestion and even cancer can be caused due to excess of proteins.
- The Sattva-guna begins to decline within one, over powered by the violent and ferocious
- Lack of positivity disturbs the spiritual experience of an individual and he deviates from his motive of life.
Though all these points mentioned above will compel you to think about it at least once, but there is no law against it and it is not a sin to eat meat. Yet those of us who prefer Sattvik over Rajasic or Tamasic are able to reach the spiritual destination, much quicker and easily.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja