A COMPARISON OF PATHAYA AND APATHYA RULES AMONG HYP, GS AND YTU
Keywords:Pathya (Wholsome Diet), Apathya (Unwholesome Diet), Ahara, Bhojan, Annam (Food), Yoga Sadhaka (Yoga Practitioner), Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Yogattatva Upnishad, Prohibited Foods while Yogic Practice
Hatha Yoga Pradeepika (HYP), Gherand Samhita (GS) and Yogattvopanishad (YTU) are very profound ‘WE ARE WHAT WE EAT’ Diet is an important aspect of our daily life. Life can not be sustained without adequate nourishment. Food has been much insisted upon by the scriptures of Hinduism, as the Physical, Mental and Spiritual. The present time science of food about nourishment has little, if any, knowledge about the contribution of food towards mental culture. It emphasizes merely the physical well-being. Yoga teaches us that the cause of disease is due to Under (Ajirnatvam), Over (Atijirnatvam), Wrong (Kujirnatvam) digestion.
Yoga also teaches about the approach to food, the types of food as well as the importance of timing and moderation in diet. Pathya (wholesome diet and regimen) is defined as the Ahara (Diet) and Vihara (regimen) that give proper nutrition to body and mind, clear the micro channels of Body (Pantha/Marga/Srotas), and provide happiness; that opposite is Apathya (unwholesome diet and regimen).
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