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Does purity of food lead to purity of mind? Is non-vegetarian food not Sattvic? We have in the Mahabharata instances of people taking the meat of goats sacrificed to the Lord.

Yes, purity of food leads to purity of mind. Aharasuddhau Satvasuddhih. Take a dose of
champagne and sit for meditation. Take a dose of orange-juice and sit for meditation. You will
know the difference. Different foods exercise different influences on different compartments in
the brain. By taking champagne, meat and garlic, the mind will be confused and will become
restless when you sit for meditation. By taking milk and fruits, you will get good concentration.
Our Rishis lived on fruits and milk. The Chhandogya Upanishad says, “Pure food leads to purity
of mind and then one attains Moksha”. You should have dietetic discipline.
Non-vegetarian food is not Sattvic. It is not good for a seeker. Live for a month on milk
and fruits and see. Give up meat for one month and see. Let us be practical. Practical
experience will tell you that meat-eating is bad for the mind.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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