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The Act of Offering Food to the Almighty Is a Way of Showing Our Gratitude to Him
यज्ञशिष्टाशिन: सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल्बिषै: |
भुञ्जते ते त्वघं पापा ये पचन्त्यात्मकारणात् || 3.13||
yajña-śhiṣhṭāśhinaḥ santo muchyante sarva-kilbiṣhaiḥ
bhuñjate te tvaghaṁ pāpā ye pachantyātma-kāraṇāt|| 3.13||
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 13:
Spiritually minded people who eat food that was first offered as a sacrifice are cleansed of all sins. Others who prepare meals for their own pleasure eat nothing but sin.
This stanza describes Rajasika and Sattvika people. The rajasika, who engage in desire-driven behaviour, cook but consume sin. Stress is the result of selfish behaviour. And desires build up within them. The residues of sacrifice are enjoyed by sattvika. The remnants of sacrifice are enjoyed by the uncommon sattvika.
Prasad, which is invariably sweet, is distributed at the end of a puja or havan. The prasad represents achievement as a consequence of sacrificial action. The mind of a sattvika individual is calm, thinking is clear, and actions are faultless because they are inspired to act for the benefit of the world. Happiness comes from selfless, focused action this is the law. As a result, desires diminish. Only a sattvika individual loves life in this way.
Verse & what we can learn
Offering food to the lord with love and then taking it with gratitude turns food into prasad which gives us good physical health and spiritual growth as well.
One can turn food in mode of goodness by offering it to the lord and sharing it with other life as well. We come to know about 3 types of food in bhagavad gita, as well as the importance of aahar in bhagavd gita what should be taken and how etc.
To have control over senses and to develop the right qualities necessary for our spiritual progress meditation is the tool we can make use of.
There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.
In the Next verse, Shri Krishna tells Arjuna about how food is produced and its cycle.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…