On the days of Shardiya Navratri, people of the Hindu religion of the country keep fast in many ways. The fast of some is kept very hard and without water but most of the people keep a normal fast, in which they consume fruit or fruit food. In fruit food, only a few things like sengha salt, fruits, selected vegetables, buckwheat or rajgira flour, sago can be eaten. They are considered fit to be eaten during this fast. But onion and garlic are strictly prohibited.
By the way, if we talk about Ayurveda, then it is generally forbidden to use both of them. Ayurveda calls onion tamasic and garlic as rajasic. In the scriptures, it has been strictly said about the prohibition of both of these to the Brahmins. You have been asked to stay away from them.
Regarding how food affects the biological functions of the body, food is generally divided into three forms in Ayurveda – Satvik, Tamasic and Rajasi. By eating these three types of food, Sat, Tamas and Raja qualities are transmitted in the body.
What is sattvic food?
Sattvik food is related to the word Sat. One meaning of this is that food should be pure, natural and easy to digest and the second meaning of this word also comes out of rasa i.e. which contains juice useful for life.
After all these meanings, the thing is that food like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, curd, milk are sattvik and they are good to be consumed not only during fasting but at all times. There is a mention in the Shandilya Upanishad and Hatha Yoga Pradipika texts regarding sattvik food. It has been said that it is appropriate to eat diet according to the diet or less food i.e. according to hunger.
Onion and garlic are strictly avoided during fasting during Shardiya Navratri. They are considered as tamasic and rajasic food. By the way, in Hinduism and Jainism, it is generally advised to stay away from onions and garlic. News18 Creative.
vengeful and majestic food
The word Tamasic is derived from Tamas i.e. darkness, that is, first of all, this type of food means eating stale. This food gives heaviness and lethargy to the body. It is said to include things like spoiled pulses and non-vegetarian food.
Rajasic food is very spicy, spicy and stimulating food. Both these types of food have been described as not beneficial but harmful for health and development of mind. It has been said that such food creates disorders and desires in the body.
Now on to the onion and garlic
The scientific principle of Ayurveda emphasizes on eating suitable food according to the seasons. Since Shardiya Navratri falls immediately after the rains and in the pre-winter season, it is the time between the two seasons. According to Ayurveda, the immune system of the body decreases during the time of weather change, so common infections like cough and cold are often seen.
Food affects our goodness, desires, and well being. Onions and garlic and other vegetables of this family are classified as rajasic and tamasic food, meaning they increase our cravings and ignorance.
This logic says that not only in this season but also during any such changing season, eating sattvik food is the most suitable for the body and health. There are dangers of eating tamasic and rajasic food and in general also this type of food is not considered healthy.
Why was there talk of prohibition of onion in some religions too?
There are many religions in which there is a ban on eating garlic and onions. You will find many restaurants and eateries, where it will be written – food is not made from garlic and onions here. Some people will be found who completely avoid love-garlic in their food.
Especially in Hinduism and Jainism, there has been talk of prohibition of onion and garlic. Vaishnavas among Hindus generally stay away from it. It is not used at all in the food items of any worship. Jainism talks about abstaining from eating any root.
If it is consumed, then because they present an obstacle in the work of awakening the consciousness of the body. Do not let the mind concentrate.
A famous chef and writer, Kurma Das neither eats onion nor garlic. He says, “I am a Krishna devotee and do bhakti yoga, so I neither eat garlic nor onion. The devotees of Lord Krishna avoid both of these. Why so. It has a long answer.
what is the reason
According to Ayurveda, the biggest reason for avoiding onions and garlic is that they are injurious to meditation and devotion. If it is consumed, then because they present an obstacle in the work of awakening the consciousness of the body. Do not let the mind concentrate.
Some branches of western medicine consider the onion family to be beneficial in terms of health. Many properties of garlic are counted. It is considered a natural antibiotic, but in the new studies that are being done, eating garlic and onion is still not seen very well.
It is believed about garlic that by eating it raw, harmful botulism bacteria can make a place in your body and it can cause fatal diseases. The Roman poet Horas has also written that garlic is more harmful than hamlak (a poison plant).
Classical and Manasa classical uses of onion have been done. The smell inside disturbs the mind while removing the onion peels.
affects the nervous system
Onion and garlic are generally not eaten by spiritual people as they affect your nervous system. Ayurveda says that garlic is like a tonic in case of loss of sex power, which acts as an aphrodisiac.
Classical and Manasa classical uses of onion have been done. While removing the onion peel, the smell inside disturbs the mind. The water coming from the eyes is a direct proof of this. As long as the effect of onion consumption remains in the blood, sexual disorders keep looming in the mind. After some time of chewing onion, the concentration of semen decreases and the motility increases. As a result, there is an increase in lust. Indigestion and indigestion etc. stomach disorders arise due to eating onions during rainy days.
The use of onion-garlic in the holy kitchen is considered impure. It is strictly prohibited in worship. On occasions like religious rituals, fasting etc., garlic and onion are not used in food.