Ritual of Eating
Wash the hands, face, and feet
to purify the sense organs that will be fed and to sooth the nervous system.
Sit while eating, facing east
to properly align the body with the earth’s magnetic field and the sun’s gravity, since the sun is Fire and so influences digestion.
Select an isolated
clean area to eat in.
If possible, the right nostril should be functioning
since the right nostril heats the body and so increases the digestive fire.
to Nature for your meal.
Before beginning the meal, feed someone.
This is a way of controlling the ego, an admission that the food is intended not for mere self-gratification but for the greater good all of beings. Feed anyone-a pet, a neighbor, a stranger.
Observe silence during the meal
Concentrate on your food: no TV, radio, music, computer, conversation. Observe silence during the meal and sit and chat afterwards if desired.
each morsel 32 times (once for each tooth).
Reverence and Love
Approach each food item with reverence and love. Even if you are eating or served something you do not like, consume it with respect for its sacrifice. Hateful thoughts will stick to the food and accompany inside of you.
Completing your meal
At the end of the meal, give thanks again, clean the mouth, urinate but try avoid defecation and take a brief walk, 100 steps or so.
Avoid exercise or sex within an hour of consuming food and sleeping and studying with 2 hours.
Never eat when angry, depressed, bored, or otherwise emotionally unstable, immediately after exertion or when not physically hungry.