Celibacy/Abstinence/Ragi or Wheat Malt/Food schedule
I am also going through the same routine which you have mentioned in "Married life" subject however I feel very sleepy and drowsy after the lunch that I cannot concentrate in the afternoon till 4 PM...this especially is happening after skipping morning & evening tea? Can you tell me how it can be avoided? Also please advice it is ok to walk after lunch or sleep on your left elbow (to help digestion)...Which one is better?
Also not having full dinner in the night makes me very hungry in the night? Will it become normal automatically? or Whether I should satisfy my hunger that my body requires full meal 2 times?
or Is it false hunger? kindly advice.
1. Replace tea and coffee with a natural wheat or ragi malt. This provides more nutrients that merely drinking a cup of milk in the morning and evening and will give good energy. The method of preparing this tasty and yet healthy malt is described below:
1. Put half to three fourths cup of water into a small vessel.
2. Put one and half to 2 spoons of finely ground wheat flour (atta in hindi) or ragi flour into the water and mix well until it is well homogenized.
3. Put the vessel on flame and heat whilst stirring the mixture slowly all the time for 2-3 minutes till the mixture becomes thick.
4. Now add some powdered jaggery ('gud' in hindi) into the mixture and mix well until dissolved.
5. Add half to three fourths cup of milk into the vessel in small amounts and mix the malt well. Heat for a minute more.
This produces one to one and half cups of ragi or wheat malt. It is very nutritive and filling and much better in effect than commercial additives available in the market. It can be had on waking up early in the morning and in the evening as a substitute to coffee and tea and is health giving.
2. The sleepiness in the afternoon which you describe occurs during the initial stages when the body is not used to waking up very early at 4.00 or 4.30 A.M and hence tries to make up for the lost sleep. In person who has been waking up late at 6.30 or 7.00 A.M, the body has become addicted to excessive sleep through Tamas (inertia) and craves for the same. The correct schedule for a yogi is to wake up by 4.00-4.30 A.M and sit for Yogic practice and meditation at least by 5.00 A.M. The correct time to go to sleep at night is between 9.00-9.30 P.M. Such a lifestyle will lead to excellent Brahmacharya and fine health of the body, mind and psyche. In cases where it becomes impossible to keep awake in the afternoon further to lunch, a yogi should ensure that he does not sleep beyond 15~30 mins in the afternoon. Any sleep beyond half an hour will lead to undesirable effects in terms of Brahmacharya, health and spiritual progress. If necessary, an alarm should be set for half an hour. This is very important. With progress in Brahmacharya and purification of the body, the tendency to sleep in the afternoon will slowly go away and one can meditate in the late afternoons if time permits.
3. The correct position in which to sleep after having food or while retiring to bed at night is to sleep on the left side, with the left elbow below or beside the body. This will activate the 'Surya Naadi' (Pingala naadi) and help digestion effectively.
Also, a yogi must ensure that he refrains from drinking any water an hour before lunch, during lunch and till an hour and half after eating lunch. Water should be drunk one and half hours after eating lunch and never before. If lunch is to be eaten at 1.30 P.M, one should not drink water after 12.30 P.M till 3.00 P.M. By avoiding water intake an hour before food, all digestive and gastric juices will be secreted in the required amount and will be ready to work on the eaten lunch effectively, being free from dilution with water. By not drinking water while eating lunch, these secreted juices work efficiently and strongly on the food which is being eaten without the undesirable effect of dilution from water. By not drinking water till one and half hours after eating lunch, the juices which have interacted with food in the stomach will work on the food properly through gastric action and help the food get ready for the next stage of digestion in the intestines. But water should be compulsorily drunk after one and half hours. The same formula can be applied to breakfast but with a 45 minute duration. Water should be avoided 45 minutes before eating breakfast, during breakfast and till 45 minutes after eating breakfast. But water should be drunk on completion of 45 minutes.
For both breakfast and lunch, food should be chewed slowly and completely with thorough mastication before swallowing. This will ensure saliva flows freely and aid the oral part of digestion. One should never overload the stomach and must stop eating before the stomach gets heavy and full. Around 6-8 large glasses of water/day will generallyh prove sufficient for good health and well being and keep the body hydrated. All these methods when employed, lead to excellent digestion & health, imparting strength and well being. I have personally being following this schedule and have derived much benefits from the same.
The right time to get done with dinner is before Sunset. The main course should consist of a salad of four different fruits (any four fruits of one's choice) and four different vegetables, all in the raw form, cleaned and washed properly. Carrots and beets should be skinned before consumption. Cucumber should be eaten with skin and cabbages washed very thoroughly. Beans are beneficial. All these raw veggies should be taken in adequate amounts of 4-5 cut pieces of each. Along with these, some cooked food & milk will be sufficient. One will not feel hungry through the night.
All these should be eaten upon finishing the evening Yogic practice at Sunset before it gets fully dark. No solid or liquid should be consumed after Sunset. This is one of the secrets the ancient and wise Yogis have followed for success in conservation and transmutation leading to excellent health. With the advent of Sunset in the evening followed by Moonrise, the water element gets dominant on earth and anything eaten when the water element flowers is bound to suffer from lack of proper digestion, for the heat of the Sun is absent at night. When food suffers from lack of proper digestion, the mind becomes unsteady and one cannot get sound and deep night sleep. He will be prone to dreams, restlessness and irritation in sleep. When the mind becomes imbalanced, Veerya (semen) gets unsteady and makes one prone to discharge through a wet dream. Such a man becomes unhealthy further to lack of sound sleep and cannot wake up early. Dark circles form under the eyes and the person becomes easily fatigued and stressed. So the wise Yogis eat food before Sunset and do not consume anything after the action of Moon has started to workout.
A Yogi should always avoid excessively spicy and excessively salty food during the initial years and ensure that the evening food is high on raw fruits and vegetables. The reason is that food eaten as dinner in the evening will be left unhindered for more than 12-14 hours within the body till one wakes up next morning. So this is a 12-14 hour fast for the body where it detoxifies and purifies itself. Food let to nutrition the body during this detoxification should be very light and never heavy or loading. Fruits and vegetables fit this requirement perfectly. One becomes less prone to dreams and more prone to deep sleep when fresh fruits and raw vegetables are eaten with a simple Dal-Roti and a drink of malt in the evening. This is why the food eaten in the morning is called 'Breakfast'; for the fast between say 6.30 P.M in the evening to 6.00-8.00 A.M (12-14 hours) the next the morning is broken through the food eaten at breakfast. Breaking this fast is hence break-fast.
Upon waking up at 4.00 - 4.30 A.M in the morning and drinking 1~2 glasses of water & milk, one should drink wheat or ragi malt if one is feeling hungry. Yoga and meditation should never be practiced on an empty stomach, especially if one is feeling hungry. Practicing Yoga and meditation on a hungry stomach will lead to loss of Ojas and finally ill-health. Some milk or malt, fruits or bread should be eaten if hungry, before commencing Yoga early in the morning or soon after finishing the practice.
When new to Yoga or the practice of getting done with dinner before Sunset, one might feel hungry at night while going to bed or in the middle of the night. This is to be ignored, as long as the above mentioned dinner has been attended to. This hunger is only a carryover of past habits when the body was used to a late dinner. After a few weeks of dinner at Sunset, the body gets accustomed to the new schedule and will not get hungry at night. In fact, one will not get the mind to eat dinner or any snack late at night and will feel strongly attracted to maintaining a Sunset-dinner schedule further to the immense benefits that follow.
ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)