Eating is a Meditation

Anna-Poorneshwari Upasana

Tasting the aura of a four day residential workshop at Bengaluru along with my Spiritual Guru – Swami Sukhabodhanandaji was of a great honour. He taught us many marvellous spiritual epitomes, one of them was ‘Anna-Poorneshwari Upasana’. We were taught to see food as a ‘Source of God’, which helps us to energise towards Ananda Lahari (Bliss), Prema Lahari (Love) & Saundarya Lahari (Beauty). With this feel of gratefulness towards God in the form of food, we were asked to take our first bite, close our eyes and chew very carefully and very consciously. Initially it was a bit difficult for me, but as we must respect a Guru’s teachings, I followed these instructions.

After having my lunch that afternoon with the advice given, I can tell you that the experience of seeing food as a ‘Source of God’ was lavishly blissful. It is impossible to describe my feeling, it can only be experienced. I have been eating food from the very first moment of life that I can remember, but it was on that day I felt the difference between eating and savoring.

Eventually, more than eating, simply observing the plate with eyes bounded with heart gave a whole new dimension to this heavenly creation.

For the very first time I noticed the beautiful colours, patterns, and aroma.

The salad king – sliced carrot had a cream & yellow centre and a glowing energy that radiates towards the pink exterior.

The chappati’s roundness looked more like a property of barren-land which I inherited from my ancestors with black but beautiful roast marks.

The sprouts looked fresh and tender, like nature’s little gems & pearls which I chewed & swallowed with love.

The Paneer cubes of Palak Paneer in the plate were like a snowfall in greenery of auspicious Shravan month in India.

The million dollars worth rice and dal had a rich natural aroma. I could sense the ‘tadka’ and the spices that had been blended smoothly.

The mango pickle was not simply red; I found different shades of red in it. There is beauty in its shape, may not be 36-24-26, but good enough to compete with the hotness of Miss. Universe.

I was feeling richness from within, and the digestive system became more humble & smothered.

As I took my first mouthful of food, I closed my eyes and chewed slowly, imagining that the food was giving me eternal energy. I hadn’t had half as blissful an experience eating any of the several thousand meals I had in my life till then.

I wonder somewhere in our daily routine our basic tradition of eating food has gone wrong. We gulp our food, often when we’re busy on the phone or watching television, discussing about a domestic or business matter. All these create stress, and we do not experience feelings of love and gratitude when we eat. We must evoke the right feelings when we eat and savour our food. Bliss, love & beauty are just a few ingredients of this divine act of eating food in the form of meditation called as ‘Anna-Poorneshwari Upasana’ which I continue everytime I take a morsel of food in my mouth.

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Dr. Ashok Satyanarayan Bairi is a Bio-Socio-Cultural Anthropologist & Life Management Research Scientist by profession. He passed out SSC from Navbharat Education Society’s English Medium School in the year 2004. It was the year 2006 when he completed his HSC in the stream of science and then opted for Biotechnology as a subject of his interest for graduation. As a student of Biotechnology he explored himself through versatile parameters of competitions by participating in various science exhibitions & seminars which were conducted by colleges in and around in Mumbai and Pune. This exploration and love for research, creativity and transformation from being ‘introvert’ to ‘extrovert’ destined him to untrodden path of Anthropology for post-graduation from the year 2009 to 2011 in Pune University. After having completed his post-graduation in 2011 he began to work along with HRAF (Human Relations Area Files), Connecticut, United States of America in correspondence from India. In the year 2014 he was felicitated with “Young Scientist Doctorate Award” by Yale University, United States of America for the combination of seven different research projects as a passionate student of science under the title ‘Yashaswiniam’ which heralds of : The Endocrine Study of Cricket & Football Players (Endocrinology); The Birds of East (Ornithology); Attraction, Love & Sexual Relationships of Human (Sexology); What is Beauty? A Psychological Analysis (Psychology); Economic Organization of Pawra Tribe in Rajbardi Village (Anthropology); Tribal Situations in Maharashtra, India (Anthropology); Migration & Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane (Anthropology). Migration & Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane’, was further selected and published in World Anthropological Research Journal by ‘Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom’. In January 2015 he launched his independent research enterprises of life management – ‘Yashaswiniam’. Thus, today he is the Founder & Chairman of Yashaswiniam Research Enterprises of Life Management. His research mission is to encourage and facilitate the cross-cultural study of human culture, society and behaviour in the fields of Anthropological Science, Sports, Spirituality, & Social Issues. He is currently working upon the research project – “Ontology of Spirituality for Life Management using Anthropological Approach”. In pace with this project he orates spiritual discourses on Modern Lifestyle through Bhagavad Gita, Navarathri Upasana, Shiva Sutras, Venkateshwara Upasana, Importance of Hindu Rituals, etc. He guides high school students, junior college students as well as general people in – EYE (Enrich Your English) Program which comprises of: IELTS, GRE, TOEFL, Public Speaking, Nuggets, Interpersonal Skills, etc. LIFE (Lovely ‘I’ Flames Excellence) Program which comprises of: Counselling, Stress and Fear Management, Relationship Matrix, Happy Marriage, Happy Parenting, Healthy Minds, Yoga & Meditation, Healing Psychological Wounds, Hypno Healing, Psychic Sensitivity, Sports & Spiritual Therapy, Corporate Harmony, Empowering Empath, Handling Idiosyncrasy, Journey verses Destination, etc. He has been giving sports commentaries at the state level in Maharashtra & in other states of the country, where he counsels and has activities together with players who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, stress, phobia before and during their scheduled matches. Dr. Ashok Satyanarayan Bairi runs his own blogging site – www.yashaswiniam.org in which he write blogs related to Spirituality, Sports, Social Issues, Relationships, Healthy Diet, etc. His article on ‘My Relationship with Sachin Tendulkar’ which was written in November 2013 during the retirement of India’s cricketing great – Sachin Tendulkar, was acclaimed amongst the top five best articles by ‘India Today Magazine’.

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