In India, cooking and eating is an important part of daily life. The Mother Goddess Annapurna Devi is the giver of food and nourishment. The Sanskrit word ‘Anna‘ means grains or food, and ‘Purna’ denotes full, complete, and perfect. Annapurna is the daughter of the King of the Mountains and the consort of Shiva. She is one of the 108 Manifestations of Shakti, the feminine force of creation.
While you prepare a meal, you give your feelings and state of being into the cooking. By being calm, joyful, and concentrated on your task, you give love and positive healthy energy to the food. Just by being in the present while cooking makes the food tastier. The cooking process absorbs the love given to it. This art of cooking refines the food body around which everything falls into balance. This practice is called Sadhana.
Sadhana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Sadh’, which means to reclaim that which is divine in us. Sadhana practices encompass all of our daily activities, connecting our everyday activities with that which is divine in us. It is our power to heal, serve, rejoice, and uplift the spirit. Sadhana practice works to connect internal awareness to external rhythms and ultimately to our inner wisdom. 1)
Indian practice does not allow us to taste the food while cooking, having in mind that we prepare the food for God. Once a meal is ready, a small portion is offered to the fire with a prayer to God, the giver of all food. Some people make a prayer before they eat. They put a small serving of each dish on the side. While pouring a little water over the offering, they recite a small prayer.
To start this method seems very difficult. Especially if we cook for your family or friends. But it just comes down to practice. The smell tells us if the seasoning is tasty. Looking at the progress of cooking tells us when the food soft and ready to eat.
While eating, it is best to continue Sadhana and maintain silence. Concentrate on the bite you take into your mouth, chewing it, tasting its consistency and spices. This helps your body to absorb the vitamins, minerals, proteins and all other nutrients. Never eat when you are upset, emotional, or angry. It will upset your stomach and affect the metabolism negatively. It is also an insult to food, to God, and our body.
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