Adityasya Manaskaram Ye Kurvanti Dine Dine |
Janmantara Sahastresu Daridrayam Nopajayate ||
Meaning: Those who practice Suryanamskara every morning are relieved from all infirmities and sickness in this life and in the lives to follow. Pragya Yog a is a modified version of Suryanamskara and is more suited for the modern life -style. It is taught as an integral part of the sadhana courses and personality development training programmes at Shantikunj , Hardwar and in many of the centers (Shakti Pithas) of the Gayatri Pariwar3 in India and abroad. Having discussed the different activities that should be the integral part of an ideal daily routine , let us now look at the most common and important routine of our lives, viz., food. Whatever one eats or drinks, or rather, whatever goes inside the body via the food pipe (G.I. tract), falls in the category of food, which, upon being processed by the metabolic system, becomes a source of energy for the different organs and parts of the body. We all eat (or keep eating!) everyday and are generally aware of the importance of its purity, freshness, calorie-contents, etc as per the modern views on diet control. But, how many of us pay attention to its subtle properties? Apart from recommending suitable food-choices for different seasons for persons of different age groups, the Ayurvedic scriptures also focus at the intrinsic properties of food, which affect the subtle (mental) body. The food, which is worth taking in terms of its physical and subtle qualities, if taken at right timings in correct mode of eating, is described here as nectar. On the contrary, the wrong eating habits or method of preparation could make the food unsuitable or even toxic to one's health . It is therefore equally important to know not only what to eat but also when and how to eat it.