If the thought revolution, a requirement for the transformation of
the era, could be applied to our body, a positive transformation
could be seen immediately in our current state of health. The
reason for all illness is irregular lifestyle and lack of self-restraint.
The suffering caused by disease and weakness is a punishment for
failing to follow the commands of nature. Similar to governmental
laws, nature too has its laws. Just as those who break the state
laws have to endure a jail term, those who do not follow the laws
of nature have to suffer from diseases and remain weak and feeble
all their lives. Sometimes those who live in an austere manner have
to suffer from physical discomfort due to the karmas of past lives,
natural disasters, epidemics, accidents and other special situations,
but the main reasons behind 90% of our physical ailments are our
bad habits and irregular lifestyles.
1. TWO MEALS A DAY
Meals should be taken only twice, in the mid-morning and in the evening. It is sufficient to take milk or any other light liquids in the morning. One should break the habit of eating frequently.
2. FOOD SHOULD BE CHEWED PROPERLY
Food should be chewed so well that it can be swallowed easily.
3. FOOD SHOULD NOT BE EATEN IN EXCESS
Only half of the stomach should be filled with food. One fourth
should be filled with water and one fourth should remain empty for
easy breathing. In short, one should stop eating when one is half full.
4. HABIT OF EATING FOR TASTE SHOULD BE ELIMINATED
Eating pickles, jam, vinegar, spicy food and overly sour and sweet
foods results in upsetting the stomach and creating impurities in the
blood. Only a small amount of salt and, if required, a small amount
of coriander or cumin should be added for flavour, but other spices
should not be used. The amount of salt and sugar required by the
body is naturally present in cereals and vegetables. Whatever we
add is only for enhancing taste. We should stop eating for taste. For
practice, salt and sugar should be completely left out of food for a
period of time. Once we get used to this, a little bit of salt, lemon juice,
Amla (Indian gooseberry), ginger, green coriander, mint leaves, etc.
can be added for flavor. Dry spice powders should be considered an
enemy of health. Sweets should be eaten as little as possible. Honey
can be used if required.
5. INCREASE THE USE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Vegetarianism should be practiced. Half or one third of the meal can be
made up of cereals, but the rest should be vegetables, fruits, milk,
buttermilk, etc. Seasonal fruits are inexpensive and also good for
health. If eaten after sprouting, wheat, gram and other grains
and beans can be very nutritious. If they are difficult to digest raw,
they can be boiled. Skins of cereals, vegetables and fruits contain
essential vitamins and nutrients. Therefore except for fruits like
mango, banana and papaya which require peeling, fruits should be
consumed with their skins.
6. STAY AWAY FROM HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
One should stay away from foods like meat, fish, eggs, fried foods and
sweets. Addition causing beverages like tea, coffee and alcohol should
be considered the enemies of good health. Habits like chewing,
drinking and inhaling tobacco, chewing betel leaves, etc. are harmful
both physically and financially. People should also always avoid
eating stale and unhygienically prepared food.
7. STEAM COOKING AND HAND GRINDING
Lentils and vegetables should be prepared in a pressure cooker. If
the food is cooked in an open utensil over a high flame, it looses
80% of its vitality. Whole wheat flour should be ground in a handoperated
mill as machine ground wheat looses its vitality.
8. HYGIENE IS NECESSARY FOR GOOD HEALTH
Cleanliness should be emphasized in every area. The body should
be scrubbed properly while bathing. Clothes that come in contact
with the body should be washed daily. Linens should be washed
frequently. Whenever possible, clothes should be dried in the sun.
Houses should be kept very clean so that pests do not invade.
Toilets should also be kept clean.Eatables should always be
kept covered. One should never cover his or her face while sleeping.
Houses should have lots of windows so that they can be well
ventilated and get lots of natural light. All utensils and their storage
places should be kept clean. Walls and floors should be painted and
washed frequently. Rinsing the mouth after every meal, brushing
teeth before bedtime, and avoiding food that is either too cold or too
hot is essential for healthy teeth. [ . . . ]
9. SLEEP AND EARLY MORNING
The habit of sleeping early and getting up early should be cultivated.
This is good for health and one will succeed in any activity for which
the early morning hours are used. Every aspirant of good health should take a
thorough bath after walk, exercise, and massage in the morning.
Those who exercise and go for a morning walk in open air will
not fall ill. Those who cannot go for a morning walk should use a
manual grinder or do some other work that causes them to break
10. OBSERVANCE OF CELIBACY
Celibacy should be observed. Both married and unmarried people
should pursue this goal. The stricter a person is in this regard, the
healthier he will be. This is even more essential for intellectuals
and students because the unrestrained use of the senses produces
mental weakness and creates hurdles in achieving their goals. [ . . . ]
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