Friday, December 12, 2014

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message - Gita 17-10


||  Shree Hari  ||

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Seventeenth Chapter


yātayāmaṁ gatarasaṁ pūti paryuṣitaṁ ca yat
ucchiṣṭamapi cāmedhyaṁ bhojanaṁ tāmasapriyam

The foods which are half cooked, or half ripe,  insipid, stale, putrid, refuse (polluted) and impure (meat etc.),  is food dear to the Tāmasic type people.


In the context of above four verses, it seems as if there is a description of three types of food-- Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic; but in fact it is not a description of food but it is about a certain person's liking for a certain type of food. Therefore here the expressions, 'Priyah' (dear), 'sāttvikapriyā', rājasasyeṣṭā' (liking),  tāmasapriyam (dear) which indicate liking-ness.
While mentioning Sattvica preference of food, the Lord first explained the result of taking Sattvic food and then described the type of foods. It is so, because a Sattvika person thinks first of the consequences of performing any action before he engages in the action. For a Rajasic person, first there is a description of food and then its result is explained, because the Rajasic type person, due to the attachment, first he looks at food only and generally he does not think about the result. Lord did not even mention the result of food taken by a Tamasic person; because due to delusion, Tamasic person does not think about food and its effects. For Sattvic person, there is a thought first, for Rajasic, the thought is afterwards and for the Tamasic there is no thought.

From Gita Prabodhini  by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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