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The Yogic Diet. From Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda 1934 Download Here
Food must be eaten in measured quantities. It must be very pure. The food should not be overly hot, it should not have cooled down too much (very cold food should be avoided). Savouring the taste, fill the stomach with such food until it is half full. After this, leave a quarter of the stomach for water and leave the rest empty to allow for movement of air. For example, one who normally has the capacity to eat 1/4 measure of food, should eat 1/8 measure of food and leave the rest of the stomach as mentioned above.
For whom there is neither excess nor less of sleep, food and activity
For him alone it is possible
to attain the state of yoga
The reader should keep these great words from the Gita Saram in their mind. More importantly, before explaining the various details of yogabhyasa and the benefits rendered, the reader should note one warning. That is, if anyone asks what the meaning of the phrase “anda pinda caracaram” (“what is the relationship between the microcosm and macrocosm”), they give the easy answer
“the complete universe”.
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This is definitely accurate! But they don’t understand the real meaning of its philosophy. There will be no haste to understand the real meaning since one already has the correct answer. There is an urgency to explain this here in order to have faith in this statement.
Andam (Macrocosm) means the entire world. Pindam (microcosm) consists of all the mobile and immobile beings and objects in this world. Caram is that prana which is between the andam and pindam uniting and differentiating the two and causing them to function. That is, Svasam (breath) is vayu (air). Acaram is the state of compressing the vayu and bringing together andam and pindam in a state of unity, that is, uniting the jivatma and paramatma together. To get to the state where the prana vayu can help the jivatma and paramatma unite, we need to practise recaka puraka kumbhaka according to the krama of yoga in order to regularly be able to bring this vayu under our control. This is similar to a man taming wild animals in the forest and slowly bringing them under his control. The yoga practitioner should similarly gradually bring the vayu under his control.
Otherwise, like the man who can get killed by the wild animals, vayu will also kill the practitioner. Therefore, the practitioner must proceed with minute attention and extreme caution and must make a habit of observing the rules given here.
3.3.1 Food that can be eaten
Old thin cooked rice, wheat roti or poori, halwa, white or green corn roti, moong dal, urad dal, green plaintain, plantain flower, banana stem, tender eggplant, spices and herbs, edible roots, ghee, milk, sweet fruits, gooseberry, things made out of wheat flour, cardomom, bay leaf, cinnamon and such fragrant spices and foods can be eaten.
3.3.2 Food that should be avoided
Bitter, sour, salty, hot (overly spicy), yoghurt, vegetables that cannot be di- gested easily, alcohol, addictive narcotics, jack fruit, wood apple, pumpkin, onion, asafoetida, butter, curdled milk, too much sweet, dry coconut, mangoes and other foods that increase the heat in the body and oily, fried foods should be avoided.