Sadhguru – Eat something and observe how agile and active you feel after it!

Sadhguru – Eat something and observe how agile and active you feel after it!


(Questioner): So my question is
should we believe in that like the qualities of vegetarianism,
non-alcoholism, celibacy,
practice them so that we make our body fit. So that that kriya of eleven minutes will
be more effective? (Sadhguru): See, this is what I have been
saying right through why even eating is a moral value? Food is about the body. We must eat what is suitable for this body
but right now you are talking about making food into a habit. I want to tell you there is no such thing
as good habit or bad habit. Habit means you’re functioning unconsciously. If you are functioning unconsciously
that’s the bad thing because the whole thing about being human
is we are capable of doing things consciously. That is the beauty of being human
that we can do everything consciously. What an animal does unconsciously
we can do the same thing consciously. We can eat unconsciously
or we can eat consciously. We can breathe unconsciously or we can breathe
consciously. Everything that we can do,
we can do it consciously. The moment we do something consciously
suddenly that human being looks very refined and wonderful. Just because somebody walks and speaks consciously,
doesn’t he become a beautiful human being? Yes or no? Yes
That’s all. So why is it that we are trying to develop
habits as if this is a good thing? Habit means fixed realities where you don’t
have to think. You get up in the morning and it’ll happen
to you. No, don’t try to automize your life. That is not efficiency. That is the efficiency of the machine. This one is supposed to function intelligently
and consciously. Nobody is expecting it to function like a
machine. So about food and stuff
food must be suitable for the body that we eat for
it is for the body. This is the building material for this body
the food that you’re eating. What is the appropriate food
unfortunately is all messed up right now. Traditionally we ate very sensibly in this
country but these thousand years of invasions has
brought other kinds of food cultures and today the national diet is pizza or pasta. What is it …which is one, I don’t know,
both are competing. So we are losing our sense about food. It’s definitely time
to look at what is the most suitable thing. If I go into that food,
it’s a very long process but you must experiment with food,
not just by the tongue, but by the body. You eat something today and see
just learn to observe how agile and how active your body feels after eating this food. If it feels like it wants to go to the grave
that’s not good food. if it feels like it wants to be alive after
eating this except coffee because that’s a stimulant
if you eat food and your body feels very agile and alive
that means it’s good food, body is liking it. If you eat something, it feels dull that means
it’s not liking it. It’s having difficulty with it that’s
why it feels dull. So just on this basis. There’s a much,
I mean this is the very simplistic way of putting it. [Sadhguru] Today in India, not more than twenty
percent of the population is actually eating properly, even the reasonably
well-to-do. For example, in Madras city, a vegetarian
family, well-to-do means, they just eat sambar, rice. They are not eating properly, vegetarian meals. They are not eating sufficient vegetables,
sufficient fruits, sufficient, you know, sprouts and nuts and all this. They are just eating sambar, idli, dosa, idli,
dosa, idli, dosa, isn’t it? Many homes they are just eating idli, dosa
– morning, night, morning, night, isn’t it? Whatever they eat, it’s all rice, nothing
but rice. With that kind of diet, yes, they won’t
last very long. But if you eat proper vegetarian meals, then
you will see your life gets greatly enhanced. You do one thing:
You go on a proper balanced vegetarian diet with at least forty to fifty percent of it
live food, uncooked condition – you will see you will be so much brighter,
livelier, all your diseases will go away. Do you know people go to naturopathy clinics
and all their disease goes away? Hmm? Just because they changed the food pattern. That’s a proven fact, isn’t it? Any number of people have dropped their ailments
just by changing their food habits. Now, you have diabetes, blood pressure, even
cardiac ailments. Many people for whom, you know, bypass surgery
dates have been fixed, they come to the ashram, stay for six weeks,
they never go through the surgery. They clear up their blocks themselves. One part of it is diet. There are other kriyas and other things which
we do, but one important part of it is diet also. How you eat is important, you know. Once you are human, you must do everything
consciously. Eating also should happen consciously. It is not the question of – is this right,
is this wrong? What is most suitable for the system, that’s
what you should eat. Do you know some of the top level athletes
have shifted to vegetarian diet these days? Most of the martial arts people are all hundred
percent vegetarians. Are you aware? Their,… their physical prowess is quite
incredible, you know. And most of the martial arts people are vegetarians. Bruce Lee was a vegetarian. Do you know that? Yes. Because the flexibility of the muscle will
be lost with too much non-vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian food is mainly consumed because
you need protein. Vegetarian diet – if it’s cooked vegetarian
means, generally the protein level is low. That’s one big mistake that’s happening
in India is – too much cooked vegetarian food, protein levels
are low. But you need only – three percent of your
body is actually protein. Almost every vegetable, every fruit, if it’s
eaten in its raw condition has the necessary protein that your body wants. But when you cook it, it’s not enough. With non-vegetarian food, the protein content
is too high. If you consume too much of protein, it causes
cancer. Western countries have far more, larger incidents
of cancer than in the eastern countries. One main reason is excessive protein through
non-vegetarian food. So, somebody is doing better not just because
of their non-vegetarian food. A overall sense of wellbeing has been created
in the society, you know. The general living conditions have enhanced. How many of our Indian children have even
enough space to play? Tell me. They are living in one room, two room apartments,
isn’t it? So, how can this child grow up well and live
for a long time? It won’t happen. See, for example, if you go… leave the major,
major cities in America. If you go to any medium-sized towns or villages,
any simple house, like let us say a middle class house – I am
not even talking about upper middle class –
lower middle class house means minimum two to three acres of land will be there for each
house. Every house has a slide, has a swing, has
a basketball court. So, children are like, you know, they can
run, they can climb, they can jump and they can do things
which are not there today. It’s completely taken away, isn’t it here? And when people,… when children play and
be that active, they naturally eat well, grow well,
their whole system is in a better condition. So, it’s not just the food. There are many, many conditions which are
not there here and the attitude also. In India, most parents are not physically
active, isn’t it? It’s a…… In Tamil Nadu, I think it’s quite normal
for people to believe that the human shape is like this… [gestures]
you know. Human shape is not like this. Human shape is like this, [gestures] isn’t
it? It’s quite normal. More than fifty, sixty percent of the people
are in different shape than what human being should be, isn’t it. So, when you are in that kind of condition,
your physical activity levels will be very low. So, naturally the body will not last long
enough. How many men and women in India swim or play
or run or do anything or climb a mountain or cycle? Nothing, isn’t it? It’s not there. Isn’t it so? Very few people are playing a game or going
swimming or walking or trekking – very, very few people.