Why does Hindu Dharma prohibit consumption of non-vegetarian food?


1. Why does a person have a non-vegetarian diet?

1. Why does a person have a non-vegetarian diet?

The two main reasons are:

  • A person has a liking for non-vegetarian food that is why he has it.
  • Negative energy also prompts a person to have a Tama-dominant non-vegetarian diet to satisfy its own desire.

2. Why does Hindu Dharma prohibit consumption of non-vegetarian food?

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Majority of Hindus believe that, ‘Non-vegetarianism is demonic and the height of cruelty’. A Hindu woman says, “My husband, who has adopted Western Culture, may have non-vegetarian food; but I, being a Hindu wife, will never even touch meat.’ However, in this day and age some Hindus in the villages as well as in cities, blindly imitate the western culture and have non-vegetarian food. They are Hindus in namesake only.

The reasons why Hindu Dharma prohibits consumption of non-vegetarian food are

  • Eating meat is a Tama-dominant act. That is why, it is prohibited in Hindu Dharma. The act of eating meat represents the Raja-Tama-dominant foreign culture.
  • Hindu religious texts advise refraining from consuming non-vegetarian food.

It is said in Manusmruti,

न मांसभक्षणे दोषो न मद्ये न च मैथुने ।
प्रवृत्तिरेषा भूतानां निवृत्तिस्‍तु महाफला ।। – मनुस्‍मृति, अध्‍याय ५, श्‍लोक ५६

Meaning: Since man has a natural inclination towards consuming alcohol, meat and copulation, having a desire for them does not amount to sin. But being free from the three is beneficial.

Another shloka in Manusmruti advises giving up all consumption of non-vegetarian food by looking at the origin of meat, the shackling and slaughter of animals for meat. All points elucidated in these shlokas are advice to Hindus by the religious texts.

Subtle picture of meat indicates the following:

  • A covering of distressing energy exists around the meat.
    • Destroyer particles of negative energy are created in the meat and spread in it.
    • A covering of distressing energy is created around the meat and it keeps growing.
    • Due to slaughtering the animals and extracting their meat, centres of distressing energies are created in the meat and rings of distressing energy are emitted from every centre.
    • Waves of distressing energy, in the form of smell, are emitted into the environment.
    • Particles of distressing energy are also emitted into the environment.
  • A flow of Akarshan-shakti (energy of attraction) is attracted to the meat and distressing energy in the environment is attracted to it.
  • A ring of Illusory energy in a wheel-shaped form is created.
    • Illusory particles are also emitted.

The illusory vibrations emitted by the meat affect the mind of the person eating the meat.

3. Adverse effects of a non-vegetarian diet

A. All people associated with meat are destructive / vicious in nature: It has been said in Manusmruti,

अनुमन्‍ता विशसिता निहन्‍ता क्रयविक्रयी ।
संस्‍कर्ता चोपहर्ता च खादकश्‍चेति घातका: ।। – मनुस्‍मृति ५.५१

Meaning: One who promotes or supports non-vegetarianism, the butcher, one who sells or purchases meat, the one who cooks it, serves it or consumes it, are all destructive / vicious in nature.

B. A person who has a non-vegetarian diet does not attain happiness:

य: अहिंसकानि भूतानि हिनस्‍ति आत्‍मसुखेच्‍छया ।
स जीवंश्‍च मृतश्‍चैव न क्‍वचित्‌ सुखमेधते ।। – मनुस्‍मृति ५.५४

Meaning: One who slaughters non-violent, helpless animals for his own happiness never attains happiness when alive and even after death.

Manusmruti also says that, if a person consumes an animal’s meat on Earth, then that animal will consume the person’s meat after his death / in the other world.

C. Due to a non-vegetarian diet, there is a greater possibility of the person suffering from various diseases: Due to the excess of proteins in non-vegetarian food, the person consuming it suffers from various diseases. By consuming non-vegetarian food, obstacles are created in the blood circulation and respiration. Eating meat adversely affects digestion. People who eat non-vegetarian food develop heart disease, cancer of the chest and stomach etc.

D. Due to the consumption of non-vegetarian food, it becomes easy for negative energies to enter a person’s body: Non-vegetarian food increases the Tamoguna in a person. With its consumption, a person becomes Tama-dominant and develops a demonic attitude. As a result, it becomes easy for the negative energies to enter the body of the person who is non-vegetarian, and create centres for themselves.

E. As a result of consuming non-vegetarian food, obstacles are created in a person’s spiritual progress and he gets trapped in the worldly cycle. With the consumption of non-vegetarian food, the Tamoguna present in the animal enters the person who eats the non-vegetarian food and his body becomes inactive. Due to this, obstacles are created in his spiritual progress, that is, the person moves away from God.

As against this, Manusmruti says about those not consuming non-vegetarian food:

यो बंधनवधक्‍लेशान्‍प्राणिनां न चिकीर्षति ।
स सर्वस्‍य हितप्रेप्‍सु: सुखम्‌ अत्‍यंतम्‌ अश्‍नुते ।। – मनुस्‍मृति ५.४६

Meaning: One who does not have a desire to shackle and slaughter animals, becomes the well-wisher of animals and acquires infinite happiness.

4. Adverse effects on man of the Tama-dominant waves in non-vegetarian diet

One of the tenets of Dharma is – ‘A diet made from slaughtering another being destroys all the virtues in the person consuming it.’ Due to the adverse effects of the Tama-predominant waves in non-vegetarian diet, the Sattva guna in the person is destroyed. Consequently, his benevolent thoughts are also destroyed and Tama-dominant, indiscretionary, violent thoughts originate or surface.

Spiritual experience: Having various physical and psychological distress on consuming non-vegetarian diet and resolving not to consume it: A seeker had non-vegetarian food on the night of 11th December 2005. In just 15 minutes his state became such that he could not comprehend what he was doing or speaking. After sometime, his body became heavy and there was burning sensation in his stomach. She continued to experience distress even the next day. After doing service unto God (satseva), the seeker’s distress reduced. That very day he decided to give up non-vegetarian diet. This spiritual experience highlights the adverse effects of a non-vegetarian diet.

These types of adverse effects have to be endured by every non-vegetarian. That is why, many Saints and great men have opposed a non-vegetarian diet.

5. Subtle-effect on the walls of the slaughter house, of the pain caused to animals

Scientists of Delhi University, Professors Manmohan Baj and Vijayraj Singh went to a Russian slaughter house and studied the effect of the suffering of the subtle bodies of the beings slaughtered there. They say that, inflicting blows on the animals in the slaughter house generates broken waves of suffering in its stones. Through this example, the subtle-effects of slaughtering animals for meat becomes clear.

6. Effects of consuming non-vegetarian diet during Pitrupaksha

During the fortnight for appeasement of deceased ancestors (Pitrupaksha) an area of 200 metres adjacent to earth gets covered with the subtle bodies (ling-dehas) of departed ancestors. Depending on the actions of the person during this period, his departed ancestors gain corresponding momentum for their onward journey. The Tamoguna increases in the person who indulges in consuming non-vegetarian diet. As a result, the Tama-dominant negative energies, in the form of departed ancestors, satisfy their desire for non-vegetarian food through that person. Due to a similarity in the unsatisfied desires of the departed ancestors and the desire for non-vegetarian food in a person, the departed ancestors begin to frequently enter and leave the body of the person.

By performing the ritual to appease the deceased ancestors (shraddha), the person’s debt unto the ancestors is reduced. However, by performing a Tama-dominant action like consuming non-vegetarian diet, a person’s debt unto the ancestors increases instead of decreasing. For this reason the Hindu religious Scriptures have advocated refraining from non-vegetarian diet during Pitrupaksha.

7. Why are people consuming non-vegetarian food troubled by negative energies?

In the process of cooking of meat and fish, subtle foul air is released. As a result negative energies are attracted to it. Due to this the people present in that area have to repeatedly face distress of negative energies.

Some tithis and time periods advocated for abstinence from non-vegetarian diet: Keeping in mind the possibility of attracting the distress of negative energies, try to avoid non-vegetarian diet as far as possible.

  • On the no moon and full moon days and two days prior to and following these tithis
  • During the transition period, that is, during sunrise and sunset.
  • During an eclipse, refrain from non-vegetarian food that increases the Tamo-guna.

Subtle-desire bodies of the person who has non-vegetarian food and those in his proximity come into contact with one other. As a result, even those who do not consume non-vegetarian food are troubled.

8. Examples of great men opposing non-vegetarian diet

The great statesman Arya Chanakya says, ‘Those who consume non-vegetarian diet and alcohol are a burden on Mother Earth. Saints and Ascetics like Maharshi Vyas, Kapimuni, Adya Shankaracharya etc. have strongly opposed non-vegetarian diet.

While elucidating the meaning of a quote from the Mahabharat, ‘Ahimsa Parmodharma’, Raman Maharishi says, ‘Non-violence is the supreme Dharma.’

While describing a person who is a non-vegetarian, George Bernard Shaw says, ‘People who consume non-vegetarian diet are akin to corpses of slaughtered animals !’ When George Bernard Shaw was on deathbed, his doctors gave him meat as a medicine. Doctors told him, “You will die if you do not consume non-vegetarian diet.” Shaw replied, “Instead of eating non-vegetarian diet, I would prefer to embrace death. If I remain alive without taking this prescribed non-vegetarian diet, then my doctors will also turn vegetarian.” Thereafter, he remained alive despite not consuming non-vegetarian diet.

9. Why are the various rules devised by authors of the Scriptures for destroying the inclination towards non-vegetarian diet?

Despite being instructed about the adverse effects of consuming non-vegetarian diet and advised on refraining from it, some people continue to be non-vegetarian. To destroy the inclination of such people towards non-vegetarianism, authors of the Scriptures have devised certain rules about it. For example, prohibiting the consumption of or even looking at non-vegetarian diet on certain days and during specific time periods.

This means that we get engrossed in whatever we see. Its impressions are formed on the mind. On the other hand, when scenes, thoughts or actions are removed from our vision, mind or memory, their intensity diminishes. Abiding by the rules of not consuming non-vegetarian diet too has similar results.

10. Reasons for not abiding by Scriptural rules and its effect

The Scriptures devised rules about diet; but the influence of Western Culture kept increasing. Also systems for providing education on Dharma became non-existent. As a result, people gave up following the rules of Dharma. Their attraction for non-vegetarian diet and alcohol continued to increase. Depending on the form and intensity of the unfulfilled desires of the negative energies, they are of various types namely, ghosts, spirits, witch etc. Taking advantage of the increased Tamo-guna in the person due to consumption of non-vegetarian diet, these negative energies cause distress. They fulfill their unfulfilled desires of consuming non-vegetarian diet and alcohol, using such people as a medium.

11. Why do Saints advocate giving up non-vegetarian food?

Saints are the Sagun form of God. They are aware of what is necessary for the person who visits them. That is why, they advise or ask only about those aspects.

Spiritual experience: The foetus in the womb being unable to tolerate the non-vegetarian food consumed by its pregnant mother and miscarriage being averted upon her giving up non-vegetarian food: A couple visited a doctor. The wife was pregnant. The Alopathic doctor had warned the woman of a miscarriage within two days. Hence, the couple had come to meet the Saint. The Saint informed the woman that she was nurturing a Brahman in her womb, who was unable to tolerate the non-vegetarian diet consumed by her. The Saint further reassured her, that if she gave up non-vegetarian food, the foetus could survive. The woman accepted the Saint’s advice and the miscarriage was averted.

Spiritual experience of a seeker of Sanatan: Being advised by Sanatan’s first Saint, Pujniya Phadake aaji to give up non-vegetarian food and understanding its reason later upon being advised by a doctor to give up non-vegetarian food: I used to visit Sanatan’s first Saint Pujya Phadake-aaji for doing seva. Without any apparent reference, She would ask me from time to time to give up non-vegetarian food. After some time, I began to get stomach pains. A doctor advised me to give up non-vegetarian food. – Mr. Sagar Mhatre, Maharashtra

Mr. Sagar’s spiritual experience demonstrates the Omniscience of Saints. If a person is inclined towards a non-vegetarian diet because of the influence of negative energies, then this problem can be resolved by Saints. Thus, a person is protected from the distress caused by negative energies. A lady-seeker was fond of non-vegetarian diet since childhood. In 2003, a Saint performed spirtual healing on this seeker suffering from negative energies. As a result she was able to give up non-vegetarian diet.

12. Remedies for obliterating sins caused due to consumption of non-vegetarian diet

A non-vegetarian diet makes one susceptible to the effects of negative energies and also results in sin. For some reason if consuming non-vegetarian food is unavoidable. In this regard, a verse (shloka) says:

गोमूत्रं गोमयं चैव क्षीरं दधि घृत तथा ।
पंचरात्रं तदाहार: पंचगव्‍येन शुद्ध्‌यति ।।

Meaning: By consuming panchagavya, that is, a mixture of cow-urine, cow-dung, cow-milk, curd and ghee made from cow’s milk over five nights, the sin caused by consumption of non-vegetarian food is obliterated.

If it is not possible to perform this remedy, then maximum chanting of God’s Name can help in purification. This makes us realise that the Hindu Scriptures have given due thought to save man from any sins committed knowingly or unknowingly, thus leading him on the path of Spirituality.


Why ghee made from Cow’s milk most sattvik vegetarian diet?


1. Importance of sattvik diet

Some of the examples of sattvik food are milk, ghee, rice, various kinds of fruits, vegetables etc. The ghee made from cow milk added to the food served, purifies it and imparts greasiness to the body.

Importance of sattvik food is:

  • Consumption of sattvik food provides momentum to the functions of the five vital energies. The energy created as a result of consumption of sattvik food is similar to the energy created by a sacrificial fire. Due to the sattvik waves transmitted by the consumption of sattvik food, the function of the five vital energies located near the navel gains momentum and these spread in the entire body. For this reason sattvik food is considered ‘Absolute Brahman’ or ‘Purnabrahma’ and that which possesses the capacity to purify the five vital energies.
  • Consumption of sattvik food facilitates the absorption of Deities’ Principles. Consumption of sattvik food purifies a person’s gross and subtle bodies and enables the body to absorb the waves of Deities’ Principles. It is beneficial to consume sattvik food on special dates as per lunar calendar (tithis) and festivals. Hence some non-vegetarians too refrain from consuming non-vegetarian food on the special tithis of their worshipped Deity or festivals.

Some sources of sattvik food:

  • 1. Food cooked by a sattvik housewife: The trigunas (three components) of the person who cooks food, influences the one consuming it. The touch of a sattvik woman’s hands facilitates the spread of sattvik vibrations in the food, thus making it sattvik. Such sattvik food which is devoid of Raja-Tama is tastier. Obstacles created by negative energies in the digestion process are also removed.
  • 2. Consecrated food (Naivedya) offered to God: In the food items prepared as a part of consecrated food, pure ghee is used instead of oil. The components such as chili, spices etc. are Raja-Tama-dominant. Hence, use of such items is mostly avoided while preparing consecrated food or they are used very little. When such food is offered to God, it becomes charged with the waves of Deities’ Principles, thus becoming more sattvik. By consuming such food as Holy sacrament (Prasad), we benefit from the waves of Deities’ Principles. So as to benefit everyone, the Holy sacrament is distributed to all.
  • 3. Food prepared in Saints’ ashrams: As compared to other places, the proportion of sattvikta and Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) is greater in the ashrams of Saints. Here the seekers and disciples prepare food with an attitude of service. Hence this food becomes sattvik. Food is Absolute Brahman (purnabrahma); if one consumes it with spiritual emotion (bhav), one derives Chaitanya.
  • 4. Food given by Saints: When devotees visit Saints’ ashrams or when a Saint arrives in their home, they offer various kinds of food, fruits etc. to the Saints. These food items become sattvik and charged with the waves of Chaitanya. These food items are distributed in the form of Holy sacrament (Prasad).

While narrating the limitations of science in understanding the benefits available from consumption of sattvik food, H.H. Gurudev Dr. Kateswami of Maharashtra says: Science has not given due thought to sattvikta of food ! Explaining this point, Swamiji says, ‘Science says that food is necessary for development of the body; but it cannot go beyond this. Science does not give due thought at all to the effects of subtle aspects of food. If the food is vegetarian and sattvik, the mind and intellect become sattvik. Only sattvik food can enable us to perform Yogasadhana and attain God. Only through spiritual science one can know about the sattvikata of food.

Hence as a part sattvik diet, vegetarian diet is of great importance.

Meaning of the word ‘Shakahar’, that is, vegetarian diet: ‘Shaka’ + Ahar = Shakahar. The meaning of the word ‘Shaka’ is ‘pure’. ‘Shakah’ means plant. Shakambarî is also the name of a Female Deity, that is, Devi. This form denotes that the Devi is present in vegetables. Substances such as milk, fruits, roots, bulbs and tubers are included in vegetarian diet.

2. Types of food according to the method of consumption

  • Bhakshyanna’ or hard food which is to be eaten by grinding between the teeth, such as fruit, groundnut, laddu etc.
  • Bhojyanna’ or soft food which is to be eaten by chewing such as chapattî, puri etc.
  • Choshyanna’ or food which is to be sucked such as mango, sugarcane etc.
  • Lehyanna’ or that which can be eaten by licking like rayata, jam, chutney etc.

3. Why is vegetarian diet considered to be devoid of reproductive seed?

When compared to the animal species, Tama-dominance in the plant species is less. Vegetarian diet is one which is devoid of the capacity to give birth to new beings through sexual contact. These do not have desires or emotions. However, new beings sprout from them. Hence, such components are known as ‘those devoid of reproductive seed’. From the perspective of Ayurved and Spirituality, vegetarian diet is of utmost importance.

4. Importance of vegetarian diet

From ancient times the Sages and Ascetics of Sanatan Hindu Dharma have mentioned the importance of vegetarian diet.

  • Vegetarian diet is a sattvik diet.
  • The teeth of man can easily chew vegetarian food.
  • Proteins are found in necessary proportion in vegetarian diet.
  • Vegetarian people are healthy, blessed with a long life and active.

Men who acquired prominence in various fields in western coun-tries, such as George Bernard Shaw, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Tolstoy etc. were vegetarians. Modern science has established the undisputed supremacy of vegetarian diet.

5. Why does vegetarianism signify abiding by Dharma?

When creating the Universe, God has laid down rules about specific diets for specific beings. As per Nature’s rule, the cow is purely vegetarian. The dental pattern of man is similar to that of the cow’s. Hence, consuming vegetarian food is abiding by Divine rules. Abiding by Dharma means following appropriate Code of Conduct of diet, enhancing Divine qualities and becoming capable of attaining Bliss. As a result of vegetarian diet the sattvaguna in man is enhanced. Vegetarian diet accomplishes the task of making man Divine, that is, man begins to progress on the spiritual path.

6. Some components of vegetarian diet

A. Plants: Plants are animate. Today, even science agrees that plants have emotions. Despite this plants are included in vegetarian diet. There are two main reasons for this.

  • The emotions of plants are not associated with the Tama-dominant actions denoting desire. Wood contains fire in latent form. Hence, plants are considered Holy.
  • Creation of a being (jiva) through the sprouting from a plant is not akin to that of animals, which are born through Tama-dominant sexual contact.

Waves from the earth, in the form of the Absolute Fire and Absolute Earth are present in plants. Due to this jivas that sprout from plants also possess these earth-waves. Plants do not possess waves associated with Tama-dominant sexual desire and its related function.

B. Milk: From a scientific perspective milk, water, air etc. contain microorganisms. As such, how can these components be called vegetarian ? However, from the perspective of Spirituality, these components are predominant in Sattva-Raja-guna. Upon coming in contact with these components, the Raja-Tama-predominant Jivas become inactive.

Components such as milk, water, air etc. possess higher Principles such as the Absolute Fire and Absolute Air. These Principles absorb within themselves all components along with their Raja-Tama. This is why these components are considered vegetarian. Cow milk is the most sattvik and vegetarian component.

Some components of vegetarian diet, their features and effects:

  • Consumption of ghee derived from buffalo milk increases the cholesterol levels in blood. But it is not the same with ghee made from cow’s milk.
  • Regular consumption of fried foods increases the Raja-Tama.
  • Consumption of rice, wheat, lentils and grains increases Sattva-guna in man.
  • Bulbs and Tubers have the Absolute Earth Element in higher proportion.
  • Ghee made from cow’s milk, as well as fruit and leafy vegetables have higher proportion of Vishnu Principle.

6.1 Importance of ghee made from cow’s milk

One of the most important constituent of vegetarian diet is ghee. Subtle-picture of ghee made from cow’s milk is given below:

  • As the ghee made from cow’s milk is sattvik, the flow of Divine Principle is attracted to it.
    • A ring of Divine Principle is created and activated in the ghee.
  • Flow of Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) is attracted to the ghee.
    • Through this flow, a ring of Chaitanya is created in the ghee and is activated.
    • Particles of mild Chaitanya are also created in the ghee.
    • A protective sheath of Chaitanya is created around the ghee.
    • Particles of Chaitanya are spread in the environment by the ghee made from cow’s milk.
  • A ring of Chaitanya-filled Divine Energy (Shakti) of the Deity Sri Dhanvantari is created and is activated.
    • Particles of Divine Energy are also created and spread in the ghee.

Ghee contains Divine Principle and Chaitanya. Hence it is protected from negative energies. However use of synthetic substances in the preparation of ghee or preparing it in a distressing environment, may attract negative energies from the environment to it.

Proportion of vibrations in the ghee made from cow’s milk: The table below highlights the spiritual importance of ghee made from cow’s milk. As it is most sattvik, apart from it being used for consumption, it is also used in ritualistic worship.

Vibrations Proportion (%)
Divine Energy (Shakti) 1
Divine consciousness
Divine Principle 2

7. Misconceptions about vegetarian diet, and its superiority

Some argue that a purely vegetarian diet weakens a man. He lags behind in the race of life. Non-vegetarians acquire more laurels than vegetarians. But true Hindus understand the importance of a vegetarian diet. By consuming vegetarian diet they increase the Sattva guna in themselves and proceed on the spiritual path. They realise that God is the only One who gives awards. This award is of Supreme Bliss (Brahmananda), non-duality (advait) and Supreme Peace (Param-shanti).

Vegetarians do not have desire for any other medals or rewards. And talking about weakness, a vegetarian lives longer and there are many examples of this.

8. Prevalent vegetarian dishes and their purity

Nowadays it has become common practice to eat bakery products like cake and pastry, processed butter, various types of biscuits, drink tea, coffee and different soups. People consider this as pure vegetarian diet. But is it purely vegetarian in the true sense?

  • In bakery items like bread, cake etc., eggs and animal fat is used.
  • Vegetarian restaurants or hotels serve different soups prepared from items like tomatoes, onion, leafy and non-leafy vegetables, corn, green peas etc. To enrich its taste a thick broth of cow or fowl fat is commonly added.
  • Icecream is prepared from milk. There are 25-30 famous icecream flavours. These tastes cannot be created without the use of gelatine. Gelatine is a completely non-vegetarian item.
  • In some medicines supplementing iron, the extract of animal blood is added.

The above examples force us to ponder whether we are actually consuming vegetarian food.

Reason for prohibition of consumption of food like cottage cheese made by the souring of milk: Milk is considered to be a source of sagun Chaitanya. It is a ‘complete food’. Souring of milk amounts to enhancing its adverse Raja-Tama-dominant constituents and destroying those which function with the help of its sattvikta. Consumption of such food items devoid of sattva, prepared by souring of milk is harmful for the body. Due to this, distressing vibrations get concentrated in the body in maximum proportion, thus inviting many diseases.

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Some examples of food constituents poisoned with chemicals:

  • Presently, chemical fertilisers are being used to the maximum for crops of wheat, rice, pulses etc.
  • Green grass is given to the cow to eat. In order to keep it green for 10-15 days, chemical substances are used. The milk we get from the cow that eats such poisonous grass is also poisonous.
  • When vegetarians suffering from rickets (a disease of the bones caused by deficiency of Vitamin D) were examined, it was found that the food consumed by them was poisonous.
  • In some medicines supplementing iron, the extract of animal blood is added.

9. Categorisation of essential dietary components into vegetarian and non-vegetarian, according to their nature

A diet includes vegetables, fruits, flowers, milk, grains, lentils, meat etc.. They are categorised into vegetarian or non-vegetarian depending on their nature. Dietary components contain two types of beings organisms.

A. Animate and mobile: Animals / Organisms can move. They are called ‘mobile animate’. Most of such animates are Raja-dominant. Hence they are characterised by instability. These beings / organisms also have desires. These beings also have sexual desire, due to which they are as-sociated with the process of creation. Such beings are slaughtered and their meat is consumed. That is why, mobile animate beings are included in non-vegetarian diet.

B. Immobile animate: The plant species is categorised as immobile animate. These beings / organisms characterised by stability have low ability to function with the help of Raja-Tama-guna. Food items made from such sources are included in vegetarian diet.

A plant-source diet
/Vegetarian diet
An animal-source
diet /Non-vegetarian
1. Predominant guna Raja-Sattva Tama
2. Purity Pure Impure
3. Characterised by /
Stability Instability
4. Effect on the mind Steady and calm Fickle and unsteady

9.1 Difference between vegetarian and non-vegetarian food

Vegetarian diet Non-vegetarian diet
1. Inherent triguna Raja-Sattva-dominant
or Sattva-Raja-dominant
2. Functional Principle Absolute Fire-Earth Absolute Earth-
Inferior Fire
3. Functional Divine
Energy (Shakti)
Predominantly Action Predominantly Desire
4. Vibrations attracted/
Good Distressing
5. Effect of the diet Physical health  and
purification of the mind
Deterioration of
physical health and
mental peace
6A. For the one who
Reduction in the give and
take account
Increase in the give
and take account
6B.  For the one that
is consumed
Birth in higher species Trapped in the same
7. What kind of
thoughts  increase?
About abiding by Code
of Conduct (Achar)
8. Protection from
negative energies
Applicable Not applicable

Upon consuming food, the law of the cause and effect of our ac-tions (Karmaphal-nyaya) becomes applicable to both, the one who consumes and the one being consumed.

Even Saints have advocated vegetarianism. Due to sattvik food, the body as well as the mind remain healthy. When man consumes the meat of an animal he not only harms it, but does damage to himself too.

Today the number of non vegetarians is increasing. Some people want to give up non-vegetarianism. However, due to habit or the influence of negative energy they are unable to do so. What is the way out? There is only one answer to this, spiritual practice.

10. Effects of spiritual practice on diet

While performing spiritual practice, a seeker begins to establish communion with God. Due to Divine grace, every action of his becomes sattvik and enriched with Chaitanya. When the attitude becomes sattvik, his diet changes too and he becomes vegetarian. By complimenting meal times with prayers, he gains sattvikta, Chaitanya and Deity’s Principle. Of course, mere vegetarianism is not adequate for spiritual progress.

According to the science of Spirituality, a vegetarian diet increases a person’s Sattvaguna by 0.0001 percent and complimenting chanting with spiritual emotion (bhav) increases it by 5 percent. However, it is not possible for an average person to chant with spiritual emotion. Hence, it becomes necessary to increase one’s Sattva guna by adopting vegetarianism.

Why is it necessary to change the diet as per the season?


1. Research conducted on the diet on the basis of electrosomatographic science

With the help of modern scientific technology, Sanatan Sanstha conducts research to verify the spiritual inferences. Electrosomatographic scanning is a technique in which with help of computerised systems, we obtain readings about bioelectric regulatory zones associated with the seven Kundalini chakras of Muladhar, Swadhisthan, Manipur, Anahat, Vishuddha, Adnya and Sahasrar. These readings are available in the form of bar graph diagrams and unit statistics. These will be henceforth referred to as ‘readings related to seven chakras’.

In the experiment, basic readings were taken about the seeker’s seven chakras. In the first experiment the seeker consumed a non-vegetarian diet and in the second experiment he consumed a vegetarian diet after the basic readings were taken. After consuming both types of diets, readings were noted after every 1-4 hours till the original state was reached.

In both the experiments, attention was paid to the proportion and direction of the changes in the statistical readings associated with the seven chakras, after the diet was consumed when compared to the original readings taken before the consumption of specific diets. If the statistical difference is more than ten, then the inference is considered significant.

When the change in the reading is in a negative direction as compared to the original, it  implies that the specific chakra is becoming more inactive. When the change in the reading is in a positive direction as compared to the original reading, it implies that  the inactiveness of the specific chakra is reducing.

1.1 An experiment after consumption of a non-vegetarian diet

The bar diagram given below demonstrates the seeker’s original reading before he consumed a non-vegetarian diet.

Chakra Reading
Mulaadhar -13
Swadhisthaan -17
Manipur -15
Anaahat -30
Vishuddha -32
Aadnyaa -37
Sahasraar -35

In this, the readings related to all the seven chakras are presented collectively in the form of bars. From the left the bar diagram is about Muladhar, Swadhisthan, Manipur, Anahat, Vishuddha, Adnya and Sahasrar chakras respectively. Readings associated with the chakras are mentioned in the table. Muladhar minus thirteen, Swadhisthan minus seventeen, Manipur minus fifteen, Anahat minus thirty, Vishuddha minus thirty-two, Adnya minus thirty-seven and Sahasrar minus thirty-five.

Below is the bar diagram 21 hours and 16 minutes after the seeker consumed a non-vegetarian diet. In this too the names of chakras are presented as in the earlier diagram.

Chakra Reading
Mulaadhar -25
Swadhisthaan -22
Manipur -27
Anaahat -46
Vishuddha -43
Aadnyaa -41
Sahasraar -51

In this example, the change that has occurred in the seven chakras on consumption of non-vegetarian diet is significant. The readings show that after the seeker consumed a non-vegetarian diet, the inactiveness of all his chakras increased. A non-vegetarian diet is Tama-dominant. Its consumption generates black energy in the body. Thus, the inactiveness of the chakras increases. As a result, the person may experience various physical, mental and intellectual distress. The inference is that consuming a non-vegetarian diet is harmful.

1.2 An experiment after consumption of a vegetarian diet

The bar diagram given below demonstrates the seeker’s original reading before he consumed a vegetarian diet.

Chakra Reading
Mulaadhar -77
Swadhisthaan -76
Manipur -75
Anaahat -49
Vishuddha -33
Aadnyaa -15
Sahasraar -39

The bar diagram below has been taken 3 hours and 57 minutes after the seeker consumed a vegetarian diet. In this also the names of chakras have been shown as in the earlier graph.

Chakra Reading
Mulaadhar -3
Swadhisthaan -7
Manipur -1
Anaahat +12
Vishuddha 0
Aadnyaa -5
Sahasraar +5

In this example, the change taken place in the seven chakras on consumption of vegetarian diet is significant. After consumption of vegetarian diet, the inactiveness of all the chakras of the seeker is decreased. The vegetarian diet being Sattva-dominant, due to the increased proportion of Sattva attribute caused by vegetarian diet the inactiveness of the chakras is reduced because of which the person experiences lightness, enthusiasm and pleasantness. The inference is that consuming a vegetarian diet is beneficial.

2. Rules about diet

In Hindu Dharma every action has been determined taking into consideration man’s physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual development. Rules about diet have also been formulated keeping in mind these objectives.

2.1 Reason for formulating rules about a vegetarian diet and its association with Vowed religious observances, ethics and penance

If one wants to inculcate certain qualities, one should consume food accordingly for twelve years. This will facilitate the inculcation of specific qualities. Keeping in mind this tenet, authors of the Scriptures have formulated some rules about diet. Following these rules in daily life for three years is considered as ‘Vowed religious observance’. If followed for seven years it is a ‘rule’ and if for twelve years, then it is ‘penance’.

2.2 Some rules of diet according to the seasons

In day-to-day life, fresh and hot food should be consumed. Climactic changes in each season influence man’s physique, mind, intellect and his entire lifestyle. Hence it is beneficial to make changes in our diet according to seasonal changes. In a vast country like Bharat, the climate and seasons vary in North Bharat and South Bharat. This difference needs to be kept in mind while observing dietary rules pertaining to the seasons.

Appropriate diet for the spring season (Vasant): During the spring season there is an increase in the  Kapha-dosh. So items which are easy to digest, dry, bitter, astringent and pungent such as green gram, fenugreek, bitter gourd, radish, raw turmeric,  pepper and dried ginger should be consumed. In spring season, it is beneficial to avoid a diet which contains sweet, sour and salty  items or if at all, to consume them in small quantity. During this season, it is very healthy to adhere to the rule of not consuming salt.

Diet fit for summer season (Grishma): Digestive energy decreases during the summer season. So a diet which is easy to digest, mild, sweet, sour and juicy, and contains items such as milk, butter, ghee, coriander, cumin seed, cardamom is beneficial. Drinking more water is also beneficial.

Diet fit for rainy season (Varsha): There is possibility of increase in Kapha-dosh during the rainy season. Hence it is beneficial to consume food items such as millet, rice, lady  fingers, lemon, ginger, garlic, turmeric, coconut, sesame oil, milk and milk products.

Diet fit for autumn season (Sharad): Due to heat during autumn season the bile (Pitta-dosh) defect increases. Hence one should consume sweet, bitter and juicy diet, old grains, green gram, pulse of gram, fenugreek, cucumber, cabbage, spinach and light diet such as vermicelli / apple, banana, jamun etc.

Diet fit for winter season (Hemant): Digestive energy increases during the winter season. So it is beneficial to consume new grains, green gram, sesame, black gram, carrot, custard apple, dry fruits, ghee, all kinds of spices and food which is tasty and oily.

Diet fit for cold season (Shishir): In the cold season too digestive energy is optimum. During this season, it is beneficial to consume sweet, sour and salty diet such as sesame, green peas, brinjal, beat, fenugreek, spinach, pomegranate, dry fruits, milk and milk products, butter milk along with new grains.

2.3 Some common rules about diet

  • Consume food in a clean spot and that offered with love.
  • Food is worthy of worship, hence be happy by looking at it and appreciate it. Food which is worshipped regularly provides strength and vitality.
  • Avoid having meals at times, other than designated times. Eat only when you are hungry.
  • Do not eat in large quantities.
  • Avoid having curd at night.
  • One must neither consume leftovers / desecrated food, nor offer it to others
  • Do not get up in the middle of a meal and move around with an unclean hand and unwashed mouth.

About consumption of diet, Maharshi Charakacharya says in the Charaksanhita:

  • Meals should always be hot, oily and in optimum quantity.
  • A meal should not have uncomplimentary items / combinations, for example milk and fruits.
  • One should sit at an appropriate place for meals.
  • The utensils for the meal should be clean.
  • Regarding meals, one should duly consider one’s constitution and consume food with concentration.
  • Food should not be consumed either rapidly or very slowly.
  • While having a meal, it is preferable to avoid unnecessary conversation and laughter.

So long as man eats because of desire, his subtle body is nurtured, but then he can fall ill if he eats in spite of lack of desire. Eating food in a quantity sufficient for the body’s needs prevents illness. This is a spiritual practice in itself.

How does a Karadhani impart protection to the woman?


1. Ornaments worn by women on the waist

According to the Hindu culture, like other ornaments, spiritual science explains the importance of wearing ornaments on the waist too.

2. Kamarbandha or katisutra (girdle)

A kamarbandha or katisutra is made of gold or silver. This ornament is also known as kamarkas, katisutra, katibandha or kasabandha. According to its formation, there are various types of this ornament. Various designs are engraved on it.

2.1 Importance of wearing a kamarbandha or katisutra

Wearing a katisutra assists in maintaining the dignity, modesty and purity of the woman.

  • Due to the katisutra, stimulation of desire is restrained. Due to the katisutra, the Manipur-chakra remains in an awakened state. This affects the Swadhishthan-chakra too and a restraint is created on its stimulation. As a result, the womanhood is protected from conduct arising out of self-will.
  • Due to the katisutra, the Divine Energy Principle (Shakti-tattva) remains in an awakened state. The waves of Energy of Will (Ichhashakti) remain concentrated in the katisutra. Due to the touch of these waves, the Raja component in the woman’s body functions in a balanced manner. As a result, the Divine Energy Principle (Shakti-tattva) in the woman’s body remains in an awakened state.
  • Due to the supply of Chaitanya to the seven chakras, there is constant flow of waves of Chaitanya in the body. The gold in the katisutra has the ability to absorb the Chaitanya present in the Universe. The katisutra also emits Chaitanya.

Due to the touch of the katisutra to the waist, and the friction caused by body movement, a protective sheath of Chaitanya is created upto a distance of one foot around the waist.

The Swadhishthan and Manipur-chakra, as well as the base of the vertebral column obtain continuous and higher proportion of benefit of Chaitanya. Due to the supply of Chaitanya to the base of the vertebral column, the other chakras in close proximity of the vertebral column, such as the Muladhar, Anahat and Vishuddha chakras also get a supply of Chaitanya.

With the supply of Chaitanya to these five chakras, the entire body of the woman gets charged with Chaitanya. This increases the efficiency of the chakras. This was why in earlier times, women used to wear a nine-yard sari and regularly wear a katisutra over it.

  • Acupressure healing takes place due to the katisutra. The katisutra rubs against the waist. Due to this action, pressure gets applied to the acupressure points on the waist. As a result, acupressure healing takes place on the woman who wears the katisutra.
  • Due to the katisutra, the black energy in the body gets destroyed and one is protected from negative energies. The katisutra touches the stomach and the waist. As a result, due to the sattvikata of the katisutra, the black energy collected in the cells in this region is destroyed. A protective sheath is created around the Swadhishthan-chakra, and the woman who wears it is protected from the attacks of negative energies.
  • The katisutra protects a woman from the Tama-dominant waves being emitted from the Hell region. Waves of Energy of Will (Ichhashakti) present in the Universe get concentrated in the katisutra. Due to these waves, the woman is protected from the Tama-dominant waves being emitted from the Hell region. Due to the katisutra, the most sensitive organs in the woman’s body, that is, the uterus, female reproductive passage etc. are protected from the distressing waves.

2.2 Difference between the katisutra worn by women and that worn by the Deities

Katisutra worn
by women
Katisutra worn
by Deities
1. Contact with the
Is present Is absent
2. Objective Protection of
the self
Protection of
3. Metal Gold, silver Gold
4. Fragrance Absent Present
5. Effect Waves of spiritual
emotion (bhav)
get activated
Waves of fragrance
are emitted
6. Purification in the
form of benefit
Chakras in the
Of the environment

Katisutra worn by the Deities and its benefit to people: A Deity’s energy is emitted in large proportion and great speed from the Deity’s navel. Through the katisutra worn by a Deity, energy is emitted from the Deity’s navel and provided to the devotees who have come for the Deity’s vision (Darshan), as per their needs.

3. Mekhala or karadhani

This ornament is made of silver and is attached to the katisutra. Some women wear it without the katisutra.

3.1 Importance of the karadhani

  • Discharge of excreta-urine gives rise to Raja-Tama-dominant waves; these are destroyed by the karadhani. The function of the organs in the lower part of the body, like discharge of excreta-urine, gives rise to Raja-Tama-dominant waves. The Raja-Sattva-dominant waves emitted by the silver karadhani destroy these Raja-Tama-dominant waves.
  • Spiral created by the karadhani pushes away the Raja-Tama-dominant waves emanating from Hell region. Womanhood in the form of Shakti is located in the waist region. This womanhood is awakened by the touch of the Raja-dominant vibrations of the karadhani.

The five vital energies associated with the navel of the woman are activated and these revolve in the void in the waist region.

This rotation creates a spiral in the void in the waist region.

The leg movements attract the Raja-Tama-dominant vibrations of Hell region towards the woman’s body.

The spiral created in the void of the waist region pushes away the Raja-Tama-dominant vibrations.

In this way, wearing a karadhani protects a woman’s body. Her alertness too increases. Negative energies store black energy in the stomach, waist and the back of the women. The possibility of attack of negative energies on these areas is also higher. Due to the spiral created by the karadhani, the woman’s body is protected from such attacks.

3.2 Effects of karadhani worn by a woman

  • A flow of the Divine Principle and Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) is attracted to the karadhani and its spiral is created. It keeps revolving in an activated form.
  • Flow of Divine Energy (Shakti) is attracted to the karadhani and its spiral is created.
  • This spiral emits flows of Divine Energy into the environment.
  • At the same time, particles of Divine Energy spread in the body of the woman who wears the karadhani and her body is freed of black energy.

Spiritual experience upon wearing a karadhani: Upon wearing the karadhani, I felt good sensations in the waist region. The numbness in the body which was present before wearing the karadhani also reduced. The black energy in the spine and the neck reduced and I felt good sensations there too. The sensitivity of my mind began to increase. For some time, the subconscious impressions (sanskars) of my mind reduced and the mind became thoughtless. – Ms. Ranjana Gawas

The sattvik design of the karadhani worn by Ms. Ranjana gave rise to sattvik vibrations. This bestowed good spiritual experiences upon her. Apart from such benefits, wearing the karadhani enhances the maternal emotion and is maintained as long as the karadhani is worn.

4. Chhalla

This ornament is made of silver. Small bells are attached to it. As the woman walks, as a result of the contact of the chhalla with her body, the sound of its small bells and the woman’s movements create vibrations in the chhalla. These vibrations are activated and affect the woman.

4.1 Effects of wearing a chhalla

  • Chaitanya is attracted in a small proportion to the chhalla and its spiral is created.
  • A flow of Divine Energy (Shakti) is also attracted towards the chhalla and its spiral keeps revolving in an activated form.
  • A spiral of Shakti is also created in the hook of the chhalla. Flows of Shakti are emitted into the environment by this spiral.
  • Sound is created by the chhalla. This sound emits sound waves into the environment.
  • Particles of Shakti spread into the body of the woman who wears a chhalla and they revolve in an activated form.
  • Sound is created due to the speed with which the woman wearing a chhalla walks. Due to this sound, the negative energies in the environment attacking her body move away.

When a woman affected by negative energy wears a chhalla, the black energy in her stomach is destroyed.

Spiritual experience upon wearing a chhalla: One day in 2008, I wore a chhalla for an experiment. Upon wearing it, I felt a mild draft of air. The feel of the air was also not light as usual. At that time, the air was charged with the Sagun Principle of the Deity. That is why, its feel lingered for a longer time. I was experiencing the Divine Principle in that feel. At that time the black covering around me was dispelled and I experienced Bliss (Anand). When I felt the air again, I experienced that the Absolute Air element in the chhalla was activated. – A seeker.

The importance of wearing a chhalla is highlighted by this spiritual experience.

Why are the ornaments worn on the feet made of Silver?


1. Ornaments worn by women on the feet

A. ‘Tordi’ is an ornament similar to wale.

B. Padpadma is an ornament with 3 or 5 chains, studded with precious stones. It is known as ‘Charanpadma in Bengal and worn even today.

C. Nupur is a well-known ornament worn on the feet. In ancient times, nupur used to be made of gold. Now they are made of silver or brass. We get to know through the Ramayan, that Mother Sita wore Nupur on Her feet. However, nowadays only performers wear Nupur.

D. Payal, i.e. an anklet.

All these ornaments are worn with the objective of protecting the woman from the attacks of negative energies from the Hell region and the atmosphere. In addition, the woman benefits from the Deity Principles attracted to these ornaments.

2. Payal and its importance

An infant girl is made to wear payal from the twelfth day following her birth. From the viewpoint of protection from negative energies, there are many points which elucidate the importance of a payal.

  • A woman is protected from the attacks of negative energies, when she wears payals.

Waves containing the Absolute Fire element of Deities are attracted to the metal of the payal. These waves are emitted from the payal. Along with this, sattvik sound waves are also emitted from the payal into the atmosphere.

As a result, the woman is protected from the attacks of negative energies from the Hell region and the atmosphere. Due to the sound created by the payal, waves of the Divine Principle associated with the Earth Principle are attracted to the woman. This also helps in protecting the woman.

  • A protective sheath of the waves of Energy of Action (Kriyashakti) emitted by the sound of the payal is created around the body of the woman.

The sound of the payal attracts the Kriyashakti of the Universe. Due to the sound of the payal, the waves of Kriyashakti are emitted into the atmosphere. Distressing waves coming from the Hell region are restrained by these waves of Kriyashakti. In addition, due to the waves of Kriyashakti, the distressing waves from the Hell region are split and their force reduces.

The sound waves emitted and the waves of Kriyashakti create a protective sheath around the woman’s body.

3. Why are the ornaments worn on the feet made of Silver?

A specific metal is conducive to a specific task. According to the spiritual science, the ornaments worn above the waist are made of Gold, whereas, those worn below the waist are made of Silver.

Silver possesses higher capacity of absorbing Raja-dominant waves of Will that contain Divine consciousness (Chaitanya). One aspect of Rajaguna component is that it impacts with speed. Due to the waves emitted by silver ornaments, a woman is protected from the distressing assaults from the Hell region. That is why, the ornaments worn on the feet are made of silver. Subtle effect of payal is as follows:

  • A flow of Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya) is attracted to the payal.
  • Waves of Chaitanya revolve around the payal in an activated form.
  • Divine Energy (Shakti) is attracted to the payal.
  • With the help of the flow of Chaitanya, these waves of Shakti revolve around the payal in an activated form.
  • Divine Principle is attracted to the sound of the small bells attached to the payal.

When a woman, who is troubled by a negative energy, wears a payal, spiritual healing takes place on her. The negative energies are distressed by the sound of the payal. Hence, the negative energies try to find ways so that women are not able to wear the payal at all. Some of the main ways are:

  • The payal breaks every month in such a manner, that it cannot be repaired.
  • The payal keeps slipping off the feet, despite the hook of the payal being secured and the payal fitting tightly.Spiritual experience: Once, after getting up, I saw my payal lying on the bed. The payal had come off, despite the hook being fastened. The hook was so tightly secured that it for wearing it again I had to unfasten it with a clamp. Then I realised that some negative energy is troubling me. – Mrs. Sampada Parera
  • The payal is lost and cannot be not found later.
  • The negative energy in the woman manifests, removes the payal and throws it away.

Spiritual experience of healing due to wearing of payal: Mrs. Dragana from Europe visits India every year to study the spirituality. After reaching India, she always experiences a burning sensation in the feet. There is some swelling in the feet too. After learning of the spiritual healing that takes place due to the subtle sound created by the payal, she bought one set and wore them on her feet. Within two hours, the swelling in her feet disappeared completely. The swelling in Mrs. Dragana’s feet was due to the distress from negative energies. The swelling disappeared due to the spiritual healing that took place upon wearing the payal.

4. Bichhiya

This is a ring like ornament worn by married women on their toes. It is worn on both the feet on the second toe. Similar ornaments are worn on the middle and the fourth toe too. For example, rounded flat bichhiya, a fish shaped bichhiya etc. The fish shaped bichhiya is worn on the fourth toe.

4.1 Benefits of wearing a bichhiya

A. By wearing a bichhiya a woman gains the benefit of Sri Lakshmi and Sri Sarasvati Principle. Wearing a bichhiya is compulsory for every married woman. By wearing a bichhiya the woman is constantly reminded of her Dharma as a married woman, her duties and regulations. Bichhiya is associated with the Sri Lakshmi and Sri Sarasvati Principle and so a women benefits from these Principles by wearing a bichhiya.

B. Bichhiya is a restriction on the conduct of a woman. A married woman is made to wear a bichhiya, to remind her to not cross the threshold of the house without the husband’s permission and to remain engrossed in serving her husband. The restraint in the form of this ornament is a restriction on her conduct.

C. The vital energy body (Prandeha) of the woman is purified by wearing a bichhiya. The circular shape of the bichhiya has the ability to attract and store the waves of Will (Icchatarange) coming from the Universe. The touch of these waves attracted to the bichhiya, help purify her vital energy body (Prandeha).

D. Negative energies are destroyed through the medium of the bichhiya. The second toe is at the forefront in emitting the Absolute Air element. Due to this, the Divine Energy Principle inherent in the woman is awakened. Through the bichhiya, this awakened Divine Energy Principle destroys the negative energies.

Subtle effects of bichhiya:

  • Destroyer Energy (Marak-Shakti) remains activated in the form of a spiral in the bichhiya.
  • Through this spiral, particles of Marak-Shakti are emitted into the environment.
  • Through the bichhiya, a flow of Saviour Energy (Tarak-Shakti) is spread into the woman’s body and is also emitted into the environment.
  • Through the bichhiya, Chaitanya is spread into the woman’s body and is also emitted into the environment.
  • Due to the Chaitanya spread by the bichhiya, a circular protective sheath of Chaitanya is created on the ground.

Due to the Tarak-Shakti spread by the bichhiya, the woman’s body remains calm.

4.2 Effects of fish-shaped bichhiya

This ornament is worn by married women on the fourth toe of both the feet. In some regions, spinsters too wear this ornament. Due to the specific fish like shape, acupressure healing takes place on the woman. Due to the acupressure healing, ailments of the woman who wears a fish-shaped bichhiya reduce. Effects of a fish-shaped bichhiya worn by spinsters is as follows:

  • A flow of Chaitanya is attracted to the fish-shaped bichhiya. Its spiral is created and it remains steady there.
  • A flow of Divine Energy (Shakti) is attracted to the fish-shaped bichhiya. From this flow of Shakti, a spiral of Shakti is created and it revolves in an activated form.A flow of Shakti is transmitted in the body.A flow of Shakti are emitted into the environment.A flow of Shakti is emitted towards the tip of the fish-shaped bichhiya.
  • Upon wearing a fish-shaped bichhiya, due to the pressure generated on the ground while walking, a spiral of Shakti is created and it keeps revolving around the feet like a protective sheath. Particles of this Shakti are emitted into the body of the woman and into the external environment. They keep revolving in an activated form.
  • In the toe on which the fish-shaped bichhiya is worn, Absolute Water element revolves in the form of a manifest spiral.
  • The negative energies move away.

In the toe on which it is worn, the manifest Absolute Water element acquires momentum, because of the Sagun Principle of the fish-shaped bichhiya.

Spiritual experience of a lady-seeker on wearing a fish shaped bichhiya: On 26th October 2008, I wore a fish-shaped bichhiya on my fourth toe. After that, my mental and spiritual distress reduced. Upon pressing the fish-shaped bichhiya once, I started experiencing good sensations on my Sahasrar-chakra, nose, cheeks, throat, Anahat-chakra, stomach, ribs and the vertebral col-umn. The black energy covering on my body reduced. – Ms. Ranjana Gavas

5. Why should one wear an ornament only on its designated place?

Spiritual experience upon wearing a gold chain, which is normally worn around the waist: One day I wore a gold chain around my neck, which was worn by my son Kaushal around his waist in his childhood. Two-three days later, I started experiencing heaviness on my throat. After I removed the chain, I felt better. – Mrs. Shruti Sahakari

It is important to wear an ornament only on its designated place. The shape and design of the ornament, which is to be worn on a specific part of the body is also specific. That is why, it will be inappropriate to wear specific ornaments on any other part of the body. One of the spiritual principle is that word, touch, form, taste, smell and their associated Divine Principle coexist. As per this principle, if we take an example of the katisutra, then the shape of this ornament is appropriate for wearing around the waist only. The Shakti inherent in the katisutra is activated for the waist. In this way, the position for each ornament is designated.

By wearing an ornament on its designated position, the black energy in that specific part reduces. Due to the radiance obtained from the ornaments, the body too becomes radiant. As a result, the person who wears the ornaments feels cheerful.

Why do the dresses from western culture cause distress at spiritual level?


With a perspective that a person should obtain Sattvikta from each and every object he uses during the day, Hindu dharma has prescribed the use of specific Sattvik objects. One of them is the dress worn by a person.

1. Uniqueness of Hindu culture with regard to dress

There is a proverb to the effect, ‘The dress varies as per the country’. So one finds variety in dresses according to the three components – geographical and social condition, change in the seasons and different regions. The uniqueness of Hindu culture is in the traditional dresses according to the region.

1.1 Changes in dresses as per the Yug

In Satya, Treta and Dwapar Yugs, Sattvik clothes like those made from the bark of trees (Valkals) or from cotton or silk clothes were worn. When the Sattvikta reduced with time, there came a change in the dresses. In Kaliyug, the bizzare thoughts and Acharadharma influenced the dress. In the name of fashion, the spiritually appropriate and traditional clothes were replaced by inappropriate clothes.

2. Spiritually inappropriate dresses of men from the Western culture

According to the Western culture, the men normally wear clothes like shirt-pant, jeans and T-shirt, Bermuda pant or suit and tie etc. Many times the bottoms of the jeans are torn and at times the length of the jeans is more. In the jeans, pockets are stitched everywhere. Various types of designs, faces of film stars and pictures of Deities are painted on jeans. These clothes get a special recognition in the society. However by wearing such clothes, a person loses at a spiritual level.

Harm caused by shirt-pant and jeans and T-shirt: The dresses like shirt-pant and T-shirt and coat and tie are Raja-Tama predominant. For this reason the negative energies get attracted towards the clothes. There is a possibility of distress by negative energies. By painting the pictures of the Deities, the Deities are denigrated. The person who wears such clothes incurs the wrath of the respective Deity.

2.1 Why is it inappropriate to tuck the shirt in the pant?

After the clothes are worn, the Shakti in a person keeps flowing in the fibres of the clothes. If the clothes are uninterrupted, there is no obstacle in this flow; but on tucking the shirt, this Shakti is solidified at that place only. As a result, a person’s narrow-mindedness increases.

Differences between tucking a shirt and not tucking it:

Tucking a shirt Not tucking
a shirt
1. Active principle Raja-Tama Raja-Sattva
2. Spread of frequencies
of Divine principle
Limited to body
Emitted to others
3. The frequencies active
around the body
Interrupted and
and steady
4. Flow of frequencies In horizontal –
slanting direction
Straight, circular
5. Effect on mind Continuous
Mind becoming
6. Effect on body Increase in
Being calm
and stable

It is observed from the table that the person who does not tuck his shirt gets the benefit of Chaitanya. It is to be noted here that the clothes as per the Hindu culture like silk dhoti-uparana, dhoti-kurta etc. are Sattvik and the clothes like shirt-pant are Raja-Tama predominant. In keeping with the present time, in order to get Sattvikta through the medium of clothes, it is recommended that a shirt should not be tucked in the pant.

2.2 Suit and tie

Bharat is a tropical country. In spite of this, the Bharatiyas have adopted the attire of the suit and tie and given them an important place. In the educated and elite strata of society it has been given the status of manners and etiquettes.

Subtle effects of wearing a suit:

  • Due to the influence of illusory energy (Mayavi Shakti), the thoughts about the design of the suit enter the mind.
  • Because of the Mayavi Shakti and ego, Tama-predominant vibrations are generated in the suit.
  • The making of a suit entails lot of cutting and stitching. As a result, it emits Raja component. Similarly the Raja component is emitted from the corners of the coat.
  • Less cutting is involved in the process of making of a pant. With ironing, it becomes straight and emits Sattvik vibrations.
  • Tama vibrations are emitted from all the sides of the suit.
  • Because of conceit regarding the design of the suit, Tama Shakti is emitted.
  • Shakti is emitted because of self-confidence and ego.

Subtle effect of wearing a tie:

  • The tie emits spirals of black energy. This creates restlessness in a person’s mind and unnecessary thoughts enter his mind.
  • The knot of the tie emits Raja-predominant vibrations.
  • Because of the knot of the tie, clouds of black energy are generated.
  • The tie emits Raja-predominant vibrations.
  • This increases the unnecessary thoughts in the person’s mind.
  • The thought that ‘wearing of a tie is fashionable and it creates good impressions on other persons’ augments conceit and ego in a person.
  • The head of the person emits Mayavi vibrations of pleasure.
  • With the Mayavi Shakti spreading in the tie, the thoughts of fashion, desire, conceit and pleasure enter the mind.
  • Other persons are attracted because of the Tama-predominant Mayavi Shakti emitted by the tie.
  • Sattvikta is generated in some proportion depending on the yarn of which the tie is made, for example silk etc.
  • There can be physical distress because of the subtle Shakti. A cover of black energy is created around the person.

Adverse effects of wearing a tie:

  • Increase in extroversion by wearing a tie: By wearing a tie, the proportion of Tama component increases in a Jiva’s body. So the Jiva is not able to absorb the Sattvik frequencies and thoughts in the environment. His connection with God is lost.
  • Collection of black energy on the Vishuddha-chakra: The frequencies of black energy in the atmosphere are attracted towards clothes like tie, bow and band made of synthetic yarn like polyester. The body and all the subtle bodies are charged with the black energy. By wearing a tie, a covering of frequencies of black energy is created around the Jiva’s neck.
  • Ease in installing a yantra of black energy by the Mantriks in the throat: Unnecessary pressure is generated on the Vishuddha-chakra because of wearing of a tie. There is an interruption in the process of his breathing and swallowing. Due to this, it becomes easy for the Mantriks, that is, the superior demonic energies from Hell to install a yantra of black energy in the throat. The yantra of black energy, which absorbs and emits black energy, is a subtle distressing figure created by the Mantriks from Hell. They place this yantra sometimes in the body of the Jiva and sometimes in the environment around him.
  • Ease in bringing the Jiva under control by the negative energies through the medium of the knot of the tie: The tie is long because of which the frequencies of black energies collected in the knot reach the Jiva’s chest and up to the stomach through the tie and create a cover of black energy on them. With this the negative energies enhance the attacks on the Jiva’s throat, chest and stomach through the medium of the tie and it becomes easy for them to inactivate these important parts of the body.

The Western culture selects various pleasurable items merely in the name of fashion without any study. Contrary to this, the Hindu culture selects each item from the viewpoint of obtaining Sattvikta from it. One should wear the picture of a Deity or its locket hung in a gold chain or a red thread instead of wearing a tie around the neck. These items attract the frequencies of the Deities present in the atmosphere and the person wearing it benefits from a spiritual perspective.