In the previous episode we had witnessed Vidura’s very interesting explanation on why should we take bath consistently as a regular practice every passing day. He had in fact listed out nine important benefits of showering regularly.
If we look at the inner significance of having bath everyday, we are trying to remove all our impurities from our physical body, which is nothing but a “vehicle” given to us by Bhagawan to carry out good deeds and selfless service to the mankind. Just like how our mind and “Aatman” is very important for our spiritual progress, our physical body (“Deham”) is equally important as well. By regular bathing and giving the required attention to our physical body, we can maximize its efficiency to do something good for the society. We should also note that according to our Hindu “Sanaathana Dharma”, we should give importance to two aspects of cleanliness – Cleanliness of our body and cleanliness of our mind and soul. By cleaning our physical body, we get rid of all the unwanted impurities, disease-causing germs, etc. and protect our body from the harmful effects of these germs. By cleaning our mind, we tend to remove all the impurities that block our mind from thinking of Bhagawan and surrendering ourselves to him! As the old English proverb goes by – “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body!” we should realize that only if our physical body is clean, it would give us the strength and confidence to work in the positive direction. Thus a clean physical body is a “gateway” for a clean mind.
This is exactly what Vidura has also emphasized in the sloka that we had witnessed yesterday. He had clearly said that by bathing regularly, we would gain that “subtle” confidence and strength, which would keep us going with a healthy and a fresh mind. What a wonderful explanation and an important link between the body and the “Aatman”!
This is why I always keep mentioning time and again that we should spend time individually to focus and ponder upon each and every sloka what Vidura has said. It is not enough that our readers just read outwardly and glimpse through each episode. I request readers to read each episode twice or thrice or four times, so as to understand and ponder over the deeper significance of each message conveyed by Vidura. Every sloka and every phrase in Vidura Neeti conveys a very significant and a deep message. Hence only if we spend more time on each of the episodes, we would get to understand the in-depth meaning of what Vidura is exactly trying to convey. Of course I’m also trying my best to explore each sloka with its deeper significance. But however, there might be thousands of other significance for each sloka, which I may not be able to cover, owing to my limitation in terms of knowledge and also the writing part. Hence, I take this opportunity to request our readers to go through each and every sloka of the “Vidura Neeti” more than just once and try to ponder over it, so as to understand the real depth of meaning that Vidura has packed into them!
Thus so far, we’ve seen the important benefits of having bath regularly and cleansing our physical body externally. So is it enough if we cleanse our physical body only externally? What about the internal cleanliness of the body? Here is where Vidura explains about the quantity of food that we consume. He says that those people who consume less (but sufficient) food, undergoes the following six benefits. What are those benefits? Vidura explains thus:
“Gunaashca shanmitabhuktam bhajante aarogyam aayuscha balam sukham cha!
Anaavilamchaasya bhravarthavartyam na chenamaadhyuna ithikshipanti!!”
Thus Vidura explains the six important benefits of consuming optimal amount of food every day. The first benefit is “Aarogyam” – This means that we would be able to lead a healthy life if we’re able to balance our food consumption every day. Secondly, a balanced food habit gives us a long life, which might also be disease-free (“Aayuscha”)! Nowadays we see more and more people suffering from innumerable diseases, including the common ones of Diabetes and Blood Pressure. Barring few hereditary causes, these kinds of diseases happen primarily because of unhealthy food habits. If we’re able to contain our food by limiting it in a proper way, we can live a long life devoid of many diseases.
Thirdly, a balanced food habit increases our physical strength “(Balam”). This is why we see sports persons following a strict diet schedule when they’re in their peak of their sports career. This is done so as to maintain their fitness levels in a proper way. If they start deviating from their strict diet schedule, their physical fitness would go for a toss thereby reflecting very badly during the important game.
Fourth benefit of having a balanced diet is “Sukham”. As I had already mentioned before, if we’ve to be carefree for diseases, we’ve to be careful with our diet! 🙂 As people of the modern day, we need to understand this point more importantly. Given the changing lifestyle today, we easily tend to get carried away by the lucrative and the delicious fast food items that come to our doorstep nowadays. Of course I’m not saying that we should completely avoid them, as I understand that it would be too harsh on people from my side! 🙂 However, we can always have a limit for everything, including the fast food items. If we maintain the limit in food consumption, we can enjoy our favourite food items for many many years!
Fifth, Vidura explains that if we have a balanced food schedule, it also reflects on our reproductive metabolism. This might of course seem surprising, but in the modern day, many scientists and researchers are accepting the fact that the food that we consume plays a crucial role for a healthy child birth. This is applicable both for men and women. If we go into the biological aspect of it, the sperms and the ovums that are responsible for child birth get nourished only with healthy and proper food. Finally, Vidura explains that a person who has a balanced diet, would escape from being framed as a “Big eater”! 🙂
Thus these are the six important benefits of maintaining a proper and a balanced diet. All these six points are extremely important for all of us to strictly adhere and follow! I’m going to discuss few of these important points in detail in the next episode tomorrow to obtain more clarity. Stay tuned! 🙂