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Are You Eating a Sattvic Diet?

Posted by on May 4, 2012

In Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions, eating a Sattvic diet means eating cleanly so that you have a better opportunity for enlightenment. Hermann Hesse, author of Siddhartha once said, “I shall no longer be instructed by the Yoga Veda or the Aharva Veda, or the ascetics, or any other doctrine whatsoever. I shall learn from myself, be a pupil of myself; I shall get to know myself, the mystery of Siddhartha.” He looked around as if he were seeing the world for the first time.”

Similar to Siddhartha’s experience, eating right can be like seeing the light. There is a reason vegetarians and vegans are often also yogis and yoginis. To learn more about eating a sattvic diet, you can learn by trial and error on your own, or you can seek the guidance of a true guru with a thousands and one recipes that will help to boost your immunity, create mental clarity, get rid of your emotional ups and downs and even help you to feel more compassionate toward your fellow sentient beings on this planet.

What does it mean to eat a sattvic diet?

  1. You consume foods which are light but tasty, that help to support good digestion, mental clarity and an ease of meditation practice.
  2. You don’t eat meat because it rots and putrifies in your gut. Humans were not meant to eat meat according to yoga and Ayurveda. If you don’t understand this phenomenon, watch this very entertaining video about why this is so.
  3. Some milk, cheese, butter and ghee are included in a sattvic diet, but these should be avoided if you know you have a hard time digesting them. For cheese lovers out there, there are more tasty substitutions all the time. You can check out these great dips and dressings as a start.

You can be like Siddhartha and shun the great books of wisdom to discover your own journey in food, but hopefully it doesn’t take a trip to the doctor to find out that you are in jeopardy of a heart before you find that eating vegetarian/vegan is a great yogic lifestyle you might want to adopt.

There is the added fact, that what we eat profoundly affects the health of the planet too. Eating lots of steak means more cows polluting the air with methane gas. Purchasing highly processed foods adds to the carbon footprint in packaging and transportation, as well as filling up landfills with excess packaging and manufacturing waste. Eating sattvicly is not only better for you, but better – period.

Ramana Maharishi says you don’t have to give up the flesh all at once. when asked if one could receive spiritual illumination while eating flesh foods, he replied, “Yes, but abandon them gradually and accustom yourself to sattvic foods. However, once you have attained illumination, it will make less difference what you eat, as, on a great fire, it is immaterial what fuel is added.”


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Kalari Kovilakom
Kalari kovilakom Ayurveda Centre, Kollengod, Palakkad – A well known ayurveda centre in kerala.All food is prepared in a full fledged ayurvedic kitchen, using pure spices and ingredients to create simple, yet delicious vegetarian meals that form an integral part of the treatments.




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