Spiritual Food for the Soul
Loving food for the soul
Since a child I have always noticed that any type of food, even sandwiches made by other people always taste better than anything I made for myself. Food that is made with love always tastes significantly better.
Another example is food which has been blessed. In India the priests offer food to God or a specific deity and it becomes blessed. The food is then shared with others such as the poor and needy. This type of food is called, prasad. It usually always tastes significantly delicious and better than normal food.
If you are sensitive to meta-physical energy. In a restaurant you may even perceive what type of mood the chef is in by tasting the food. When food is being prepared your hands are touching the food, so you are literally charging the food with your energy. So if food is made with loving spiritual hands and energy, then it always tastes delicious and the food not only satisfies the recipients hunger but also helps fill their heart and soul with love and bliss.
In India there is a beautiful warm energy in various places, as many divine saints have walked the land. The land has very strong earth vibrations. As I was enjoying the warm energy and warm loving climate I was mediating in a terminal at Mumbai airport. There was a lady in her 60's sitting next to me with her husband.
This was when I had what I could only perceive as a past life memory of eating food. Out of all the past life memories you can possibly have, I had a past life memory of eating food!
Food that was bliss for my heart and soul. Warm spicy food that filled my entire being with warmth, love and bliss. A Love that was SO loving that it was not like anything I have ever felt in this lifetime. A love so nurturing, so fully absorbed by me, so satisfying and making happy. A family so loving. A life so natural, simple and sweet. This lady sitting next to me may have been my mother in a previous lifetime, maybe hundreds or thousands of years ago. I felt motherly love from her, and that she knew this as well and made a connection with me.
Her food was so delicious. I was a little kid in a lifetime that may have been as significant as a single day in a year. But the feeling and memory was so beautiful and loving. Nothing was said between us in words. But the greatest words are often spoken in silence. This is just an example of how food and love may be spiritually related.
I used to enjoy a lot of time cooking for myself and others and I even worked in a restaurant. If I did not decide to become vegetarian I may have decided to become a chef. I tend to enjoy cooking in a quality way for other people.
Although just cooking for myself as a single person brings no enjoyment and satisfaction at all. Growing my own vegetables gives me to motivation to cook properly in a healthy way.
Cooking for others brings a lot of love, satisfaction and fulfilment. Food is to be shared. Cooking for your family or friends is the same as sharing love. When people really enjoy your food it means they are really enjoying and absorbing your love. And that is what work and any type of efforts should be about.
There is no excuse for being stingy when it comes to food. There is no excuse to hide food, keep it operate from others, or being generally uptight about sharing food with others. Or inviting people round to your house and not offering them anything to eat. Or refusing to accept food from others. Unless you wan to come back as a hen in your next lifetime or be born into deprived or hungry areas of India to learn the importance of sharing food. Giving and sharing food brings more satisfaction and spiritual progress, like a form of Karma Yoga by giving and sharing food.