We are so far removed from simplicity! We hear and read things like this: "Lack of scientific information and illness go hand-in-hand. Health is a result of research; research costs money; money is essential to health." But what about the millions of people in the history of the world who led full lives long before science became so important, and on much less money than we spend today.
Never eat what you like.
Rather, eat what you know is good for you.
Great wisdom is required here.
To eat the wrong food
is to sustain pride in its supreme folly,
so that pride food poisons not only the body,
but the soul with it.
Many dishes cause many diseases.
A simple diet is best.
We are so far removed from simplicity!
We hear and read things like this:
"Lack of scientific information and illness go hand-in-hand.
Health is a result of research; research costs money;
money is essential to health."
But what about the millions of people
in the history of the world who led full lives
long before science became so important,
and on much less money than we spend today.
The wise eat to satisfy hunger,
the foolish eat to satisfy appetite.
Illness is a crystallization of an error in our judgment,
the tangible sign of a lack of natural orderliness in our lives.
Indeed hunger is the king of medicines:
Listen, take hunger to heart,
don't regard it with such contempt.
Everything un-sweet is made sweet by hunger:
Without hunger even delicacies have no savor.
Pure, whole food is a materialization of God.
He is revealed to us in it and by means of it.
Our body-converted food thus constitutes a speck of God Himself.
Yoga and macrobiotics help you grow old youthfully.
Excessive intake of fluids makes blood thin, which in turn weakens the immune system, and also thins nutrition, weakening the heart and kidneys as a result. In short, excessive eating and drinking is the cause of all illness.
Food can bring about healing and wholeness
only when you eat the proper food
in the proper quantity at the proper time.
Love is the greatest benefactor to health,
and the greatest expression of love
is to live within the natural order of life.
Father, bless this food which re-creates our bodies.
May the hearing of your word
re-create our souls.
Grace from Mount St. Mary's Abbey
Failure, either in health or affairs,
means there has been a lack of self-control.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The temptation of Adam was in eating,
and this is also your temptation
until the day of resurrection.
Hasan of Basra
Light eating frees up energy
for clear thinking and concentration.
Eat pure foods and you will
think pure thoughts and lead a pure life.
What we don't like will not hurt us,
but what we do like will.
We dig our graves with our own teeth.
It is important to consider the amount
and kind of activity the individual is engaged in
and the amount of food consumed
relative to individual requirements.
Even the most nutritious food,
prepared in the best manner,
can produce undesirable effects
if more is eaten than necessary.
GEORGE OHSAWA'S PRIMARY ATTRIBUTES
OF A HEALTHY HUMAN BEING:
VITALITY - All the energy needed
to accomplish that which is desired.
GOOD APPETITE - Not only for food, but for life itself,
which can be satisfied without extravagance.
DEEP AND PEACEFUL SLEEP - To be fully rested
with no more than six hours of sleep in a day.
GOOD MEMORY - Which is a reflection
of the harmonious functioning of the nervous system
and its capacity to recall past experiences
and events as instruction for the future.
GOOD HUMOR - A capacity to appreciate
the paradoxical qualities of life
and not to cling to unpleasant experiences.
MOOD OF JUSTICE - A deep appreciation of the
order of Nature and an understanding of cause and effect;
the capacity to see long-range results of our daily actions.
Every illness is a musical problem,
and every cure has a musical solution.
Enthusiasm is a vital force that energizes
all the forces of your mind and body.
In assesing what we receive from the environment around us,
it is important to note that everything we come in contact with
can be considered "food". The definition of food is far too limited
if we consider only what goes into our mouths.
When we expand the definition of food,
we see that all types of sensory information
have the potential to be either productive or destructive.
However, by placing emphasis on the more basic
end of the scale, physical nourishment,
we are acknowledging that there is a sequence and order
in our ability to use that which the environment offers us
toward our own evolution and understanding.
In a very real sense, we are eating the world.
We are absorbing and assimilating
ever-broadening spectrums of information.
A healthy person will have learned
what types of food productively serve their development,
and what types produce stagnation and degeneration.
They are constantly seeking wider experience
by placing themselves in exciting and unique situations,
so that they can more effectively and more deeply
understand the wonders of life.
This process is served best by a high degree
of physical vitality and adaptability -- health.
THE GOLDEN RULE
CHRISTIANITY: "Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men do to you,
do ye even so to them."
St. Matthew 7:12
JUDAISM: "And thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
ISLAM: "No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother
what he loves for himself."
BUDDHISM: "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."
HINDUISM: "Good people proceed while considering that what is best for others,
is best for themselves."
CONFUCIANISM: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."
To love is our soul purpose.
With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we can see into the life of things.
Love is the keynote,
Joy is the music,
Power is the strain,
Knowledge is the performer,
The Infinite All is the composer and the audience.
Honest is that one who adjust his thinking to reality;
dishonest that one who adjusts reality to his thinking.
We should not waste our time dividing God all day.
Saints are sinners who never gave up.
The histrionics of life are a motion picture shown in
the movie house of God; His individualized selves are the actors
who have become lost in identification with their portrayals.
Knowledge should never become a substitute for wisdom
which is a combination of experience and compassion.
Meditation puts you in a position where God can find you.
Fear says, ‘I want to keep you safe.’ Love says, ‘You are safe.’
Why should you "love thy neighbor as thyself";
because you are your neighbor;
a mere illusion makes you believe
that your neighbor is something different than yourself.
He who knows himself in everything
and everything in himself,
will not injure himself by himself.
The Bhagavad Gita
Look forward and be hopeful, look backward and be thankful,
look down and be helpful, look up and be humble.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy,
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
Not everything that happens will be enjoyable,
and not every word that you hear will be kind,
yet receive everything as a gift and a teaching.
Be like the sun for grace and mercy.
Be like the night to cover others' faults.
Be like running water for generosity.
Be like death for rage and anger.
Be like the Earth for modesty.
Appear as you are. Be as you appear.
Duty is ours; consequences are God's.
The struggle of life is largely a struggle to get organized,
to gather together a certain coherence within ourselves.
Kabir Edmund Helminski
If we examine our lives without the benefit of
psychological sophistry and New Age babble,
you will see that we are either disciplined or lazy,
doing good or doing bad, curbing our desires
or succumbing to them. We are either wise or ignorant.
We are either a student of wisdom or a puppet of desire.
We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles
but for the grace to transform them.
The mouse is nothing but a nibbler. To the mouse is given
a mind proportionate to its need, for without need,
the Almighty doesn't give anything to anyone.
Need, then, is the net for all things that exist!
Man has tools in proportion to his need.
So, quickly, increase your need, needy one,
that the sea of abundance may surge up in loving kindness.
Seeking after that which is beyond ones reach
is the oil which feeds the flame of hope.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Pain is the breaking of the shell
which encloses your understanding.
A small seed, which has neither force nor arms,
accepts conditions of darkness, pressure, cold and dampness.
Instead of complaining or blaming others,
it uses these conditions as sources of energy.
In the same way, man can lead a free life
and be at peace with himself.
Man, as the most intelligent of God's creatures,
is not supposed to lead his life as he wishes to lead it,
but to consider the duty for which he is born
and the service he must render to God and His creatures.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Is there no defense against desire?
Listen to me; let wisdom reign in your heart,
and do not race after every emotion.
Do not assume that pleasure is the same as goodness,
or that feelings are a guide to righteousness.
Desire has slain many mightier than you.
The way of undisciplined desire leads only to the grave.
There are three journeys: The journey away from God,
the journey back to God and the journey within God.
If you have faith and doubt not...
then all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive.
You should always pray for discipline.
One who has no self-control cannot receive grace.
I have estimated the influence of Reason upon Love
and found that it is like that of a raindrop upon the ocean,
which makes one little mark upon the water's face
We must not grow weary
of doing little things for God,
who looks not at the great size of the work,
but at the love in it.
Adde of Beaufort
Passion is the smoke,
and emotion is the glow of Love's fire;
selflessness is the flame that illuminates the Path.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
A belief is valueless if you don't test it and live by it.
Belief converted into experience becomes faith.
There are many signs from God
in both the outer world and in the inner world.
But they are only accessible
if you are living in the present moment.
If you are thinking of the past,
or of the future, you don't see them.
The hungry man desires bread
and the thirsty man desires water,
and if bread and water are placed before them,
it does not profit them to be aware
that the bread and water is there,
and the proximity of bread and water
are of no use to them,
unless they eat of the food and drink of the water.
So also is it with you:
Your knowledge of good and its proximity to you
does not benefit you, nor your desire for it,
until it becomes a part of your very self
and you become one of those who follow after it.
Patience is Love's perfect outward expression.
Adde of Beaufort
As the rose blooms amidst thorns,
so great souls shine out through opposition.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
Think only on those things
that are in line with your principles
and can bear the full light of day.
The content of your character is your choice.
Day by day, what you choose, what you think,
and what you do is who you become.
Your integrity is your destiny,
it is the light that guides your way.
The spiritually deep man lives day and night
in a calm interior silence,
into which neither menacing worries
nor the crash of colliding worlds can intrude.
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart
and soul. If you fail to understand yourself,
then all of your reading has missed its call.
Belief in God is the fuel, love of God
is the glow, and the realization of God
is the flame of divine light.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The three paths of the Buddha:
The long way of knowledge,
the shorter way of faith
and the shortest way of action.
In the foundation of all covenants,
action is placed foremost.
This is the creative fire of the Spirit.