Following nature ways and the influence food has on our body and mind food is divided into three categories: Sattvic (Sentient), Rajasic (Mutative) and Tamasic (Static):
Sattvic (Sentient) food is that food which is good for body and mind. It is the food which increases our awareness and sublimity, increases our force of life. This category includes all grains, pulses and beans (except red lentils), all fruits, vegetables and roots (except white eggplants, violet-colored carrots, onion, garlic and mushrooms), all green and leafy vegetables (except mustard leaves), all nuts and seeds, and all milk and milk products (assuming they are organic)
Rajasic (Mutative) food is that food which is beneficial for the body but neutral for the mind or vice versa. It connotes over-stimulation, hyper-activity and restlessness.
This category includes coffee, cocoa and tea which contains caffeine.
Tamasic (Static) food is that food which is harmful for either the body or the mind or for both of them. It increases instinctive tendencies and connotes inertia and stagnation, it increase the force of death. This category includes all kinds of meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic, mushrooms, red lentils, white egg plant, mustard leaves, violet carrots, stale and rotten food and all type of intoxicants. Alcohol and cigarettes are Tamasic also in their effect on us.
Considering the effect food has on us we should completely and strictly refrain from consuming any of the Tamasic food, and consume mainly Sattvic food. Rajasic food can be consumed but with little amount to a degree that does not excite our senses beyond the mind.
- acidic for stomach and can create ulcers
- increase blood acidity
- destroy both bad bacteria and good ones
- affect the sensitivity of the taste buds decreasing the sense of taste
- affect heat balance in the body creating imbalance in hormonal secretion
- highly toxic for the brain as they disturb the synchronization between the two hemispheres of the brain, disturbing concentration, increasing reaction time, decreasing sensitivity and greatly agitating the mind.
- tamasic in nature
- It is has no chlorophyll which is supposed to be present in vegetables
- it is more of fungus nature growing on decaying matter
- low in vital force
- tamasic in nature
Facts about milk
Milk is sattvic by nature assuming that cows have not been fed with artficial or non-vegetarian food which is different from what they originally are supposed to eat, and assuming that cows have not been injected with hormones and antibiotics or other kinds of drugs.
Today there is much violence about the milk industry which can raise an ethical question about the consumption of milk. The same question might not arise in places where cows are treated so well and considered holy as in India.
Many yogis have considered milk as part of their diet when milk has been produced in very natural and friendly caring environment, and no doubts that milkd has provided them with good nutrition.
As per the teachings of Rajadhiraja milk is consumed as part of the diet and it is sattvic, so there is no restriction about consuming milk, unless the milk has been manipulated with chemicals and unless the cows have not been treated well, which might be the case in many places today! So think about it and make your own choice consciencely!