Regulations of Hindu Diets

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Religion states what to believe in, where to worship, how to worship, and why to believe. However, religion is not only a belief system, it is much more encompassing than that. Religion could be more thought of as a lifestyle. Religion generally shapes and details every aspect of a person's life, from how to treat people, to how to dress, and even to what one should drink and eat. We are thought to revolve our world around our religion. However, most religions have benefits for their actions and laws. In Hinduism, diet is very regulated. There are several things Hindu followers can and cannot eat, and even allotted times where they are allowed to eat. In Hinduism, a well-balanced diet is essential for having a strong faith and spiritual development. When a person's body is properly nourished the body is healthier thus a person is mentally more focused and stable. In fact, there is such a strong emphasis in Hinduism on proper food consumption that there is a diet code. Sattva, Tamas, and Rajas are the three food groups/diets of the diet code. Each of these food groups/diets are thought to produce certain emotions. Sattvic is the best of foods. Foods such as greens, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, plant oil extract etc. In general, very natural whole foods are thought to create a feeling of relaxation and nobility. These Sattvic foods are thought to nourish the body well, create focus, and maximize energy. This focus and energy, in turn, could help a person seek wisdom and increase in spirituality. The next food group is the tamasic foods. This type of food is thought to create lethargy and overall negative emotions. Tasamic foods are typically left over foods. If Sattvic foods are leftover or not fresh they are th... ... middle of paper ... ...enrichment of the mind and is essential to increase spirituality. Even though Hinduism has specific dietary measurements, there are still similarities in other religions such as, in Islam there is the prohibition of the consumption of pork and wine. Also in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam there is fasting and fasting is observed for much of the same reasons in all of the mentioned religions and that is to strengthen faith. With all the dietary guidelines and rituals in Hinduism comes the wisdom that these practices will better help to focus the mind which is essential for improving one's faith. This structured diet of the hindus is only one example of how religion impacts and guides all aspects of a believer's life not only their worship. This is due to the fact that in religion their is a belief that everything you do, say, eat affect your level of spirituality.
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