Based on the purity of food, your intellect gets purified, your memory gets purified, your ability to grasp increases.
Please understand, whenever my teachers wanted to teach subtle concepts….. I should not use the word “teacher”; I should use the word “Masters”. I wanted to complete and change the word to “Masters”. Whenever my Masters wanted to teach me the subtle concepts, they will put me on herbal diet. They will give me the “Arugampull” (அருகம்புல்). I don’t know the English name for that grass. It is a unique grass which grows near the water ponds, which is used for worshipping Ganesha. So, they will give that juice. Sometimes the Bael juice, Vilwa (Aegle marmelos, commonly known as bael, golden apple, stone apple, wood apple). Sometimes Bermuda Grass. The “Arugampulls” English name is “Bermuda Grass”. They will give me the Bermuda Grass juice and Bael juice. Sometimes Neem juice. And, they will cook pineapple fruit in the night, and they will take the juice in the morning and process it with some traditional herbs and give. This kind of a juice diet they will put me. Of course, I enjoyed everything other than Neem juice. HAHAHAHAHA! They will put me on the juice diet sometimes even for one month! I used to wonder why the teaching, means learning of Vedantha, should go with this kind of herbal diet. One day, I asked them also. Then they said, ‘Alright, you eat whatever you want and come back.’ And, as usual, in those days, the big feast means that “Vadai” and “Paayasam” (Vadai = a fried snack. Paayasam = a semi-liquid sweet dish). That is the traditional feast. I went and had all the traditional feast and came back. They tried to explain some of the concepts, truths of Vedantha. I tell you honestly, I was not able to grasp! Then they gave me Gingelly Oil (Sesame Oil) and cleaned my stomach, and Haritaki Powder for two days. After two-three days, again they started teaching me the concepts. I was just like that able to grasp! Then I understood the power of that food and that sutra which says, ‘Aahaara Shuddhi….’: “Based on the purity of food, your intellect gets purified, your memory gets purified, your ability to grasp increases.” Continue reading “Based on the purity of food, your intellect gets purified, your memory gets purified, your ability to grasp increases.”