Questioner: So is it certain that food does have an effect on the mind?
Dadashri: Everything is the effect of food. Eaten food turns into "brandy" (that which produces a deleterious effect on a person's awareness) in the body. These effects are directly linked with spiritual awareness. Heavy or excessive food decreases spiritual and mental awareness. Even pure vegetarian food has this effect but to a lesser degree. Rich and sweet foods are not considered good foods because they increase these harmful effects. But people turn these principles around for their own convenience.
Questioner: Does eating meat affect one's spiritual thinking?
Dadashri: Of course! Non-vegetarian food is sthool (gross, heavy, coarse), and does not allow the development of one's spiritual intellect. If you want to progress in spiritually you must eat vegetarian food, which is light and does not create intoxication. It also helps in increasing awareness. In general people have no awareness whatsoever!
Foreign scientists cannot understand what I am saying and it is difficult for them to believe it, although they do say that it merits consideration. I tell them that it will take a long time for them to understand it, because they have consumed so many chickens and other meats. Eating meat creates a dense covering over the Soul. For one to understand this Gnan (knowledge), a pure vegetarian diet is required, because the coverings from the vegetarian diet are comparatively thin, so one is able to maintain a higher awareness.
Book Name: Non-violence ( Entire Page #48)
A. Question: Can you please elaborate on the subject of ahimsa (non-violence) in one's religious and spiritual progress? Dadashri: Ahimsa itself is a... Read More
A. Questioner: Show us how to practice ahimsa. Dadashri: Most important of all, you must not hurt or inflict pain on any living being that fears your mere... Read More
A. Questioner: So why is there such a great emphasis on protecting life forms from fear? Dadashri: Many who understand non-violence have emphasized the need... Read More
A. You should not have any violent intent in your mind. Your intent not to cause harm to any being should be constant, within you. Each morning before you... Read More
A. Today, many people argue that eggs are vegetarian since they have no life in it. However, is it possible to eat something that is lifeless like wood or... Read More
A. Questioner: Just as one should not eat the 'vegetarian' egg, one should not drink the milk of a cow. Dadashri: You cannot eat eggs but you can drink cows'... Read More
A. One commits self-violence when one does kashaya (when one has anger, false pride, attachment and greed), whereas the other violence is against external... Read More
A. Aarta-dhyana (internal worries) and raudra-dhyana (thoughts or desire to hurt other people) is constantly occurring within human beings. These do not... Read More
A. Dadashri: Now if moonlight illuminated the roads, would a person drive his car without turning on his headlights? Questioner: Yes, he would. Dadashri:... Read More