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Vedanta – Mindful Eating and Weight Management Inspired by Rig Veda

There is a famous passage in the Rig Veda describing two birds – one bird eating and another looking on. Two birds with fair wings, inseparable companions,
have found a refuge in the same sheltering tree.
One incessantly eats from the peepal tree;
the other, not eating, just looks on.Pavel Somov Author of ‘Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time’ finds inspiration in this verse for his subject of weight management and weight loss. Writing in the Huffington Post, Pavel Somov attempts to unravel the hidden Vedantic message in the verse and tries to apply it in weight management in daily life.What is this enigmatic passage about? Who is this "other" bird that is not eating and just looking on? While mindful eating is a wonderful vehicle for weight maintenance, it is also an invaluable platform for daily meditation. Eating is inevitable, but mindfulness isn't. When we use eating as an opportunity to awaken ourselves from our zombie-liv…

Brihadaranyakopanishad Quotes

He who knows the Self as such becomes self-controlled, calm, withdrawn into himself, enduring and concentrated, and sees the Self in his own body; he sees all as the Self. Evil does not overtake him, but he transcends all evil. Evil does not trouble him, but he consumes all evil. He becomes sinless, taintless, free from doubts and a knower of Brahman (theInfinite). (Chaper IV, iv. 23)All that is invisible is verily the Infinite. All that is visible is also the Infinite. The whole universe has come out of the Infinite, which is still the Infinite.This earth is like honey for all beings, and all beings are like honey for this earth.Brihadaranyakopanishad