Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"What do you eat?..."

When I worked in school, someone asked me to eat from the school canteen. I politely said, "No thanks - I don't eat out." The person seemed very intrigued with my answer. We both sat down and began talking whilst he had his lunch. He asked me, "Please explain what you eat and your way of life... I am very interested".

I explained, "Sikhs do not eat fish, eggs or meat." He asked, "Why is that?" I replied, "The Guru has taught us to eat those foods which helps us to meditate and make our mind spiritually strong - meat, egg and fish are considered negative foods which negatively affects our spiritually and mind. For this reason I  do not eat fish, eggs or meat."
ਬਾਬਾ ਹੋਰੁ ਖਾਣਾ ਖੁਸੀ ਖੁਆਰੁ ॥
ਜਿਤੁ ਖਾਧੈ ਤਨੁ ਪੀੜੀਐ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਚਲਹਿ ਵਿਕਾਰ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
“O Baba! The pleasures of other foods are false, by eating which, the body is ruined, and wickedness and corruption enters into the mind. ||1||Pause||”
(Ang 16)

He then asked, "So what is spiritual food?" "We eat anything which is natural or pure. Food becomes spiritual by when you cook it, you think of God or chant Waheguru when cooking."

"So is that what you do?" he said. I replied, "I try and cook my own food and eat food which has been spiritually blessed... in my mind I try to think of Waheguru, chant Waheguru or recite some prayers when cooking. Through eating food which has been cooked in this way, the food gets infused with spiritual vibrations. Not only does such food nourish the body but it also has a positive influence on one's mind and builds positive energy in the person."

By the end of the conversation, the person (who didn't believe or follow a religion) said, "That's really awesome. Please give me some vegetarian recipes of the food you cook at home. I want to try what you have told me - I want to chant Waheguru and cook food one day."


Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!


Anonymous said...

Very interesting.

But I have 3 questions.

1. You try to cook your own food. But before that, would/do you buy raw unprocessed vegetarian food from a non-vegetarian person/seller.

2. Do you eat processed vegetarian food (e.g. potato chips, vegetarian noodles, etc)

3. If you are invited to a wedding (e.g. by your colleague) and you find both non-vegetarian (meat, fish ,egg, etc) and also some vegetarian food in the wedding, would you still go ahead and eat the vegetarian food.

Thank you.

Manvir Singh said...

Reply to the three questions...

1. The main thing is not EATING spiritually negative food - i.e. fish, egg or meat. According to what options you have shopping, you make the most of it. Irrespective of the seller, one always washes fruit or vegetables before you eat or cook them.

2. I used to eat processed food. However, over the few years I have cut them out as their bad for health. I try eat fresh food or food cooked home rather than buying ready made. Since changing my diet for good health I feel better and less tired.

3. I would avoid attending any social functions where their is meat and alcohol being served. However, in a situation like work or attending a conference etc (where you don't have much of a choice) and there is NO alcohol or tobacco in the area. I would get fruit from the canteen and then wash them (and at the same time wash my hands before eating) and then eat sitting next to my colleagues. My colleagues are very understanding and think eating fruit for lunch is very healthy and don't say much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your reply.

But I wonder, what do you drink then? Only plain water.

1. Do you take soft drinks
(e.g. coke, sprite, etc).

2. Do you also recite some prayers when making your own beverage/drink (e.g. coffee, fruit juice, etc)

Thank you.