Ah food. The thing that unites people. Across age groups and profiles, everybody loves to to eat tasty food. When the pandemic struck, it appeared that many restaurants would shut down, and delivery startups would be finished. While the ensuing months have no doubt been very hard on this industry, people’s love, nay craving for food has only gotten stronger.
Indeed at the first signs of unlock measures, restaurants and street vendors are teeming with people, almost revenge-binging. The Swiggys, Zomatos and Uber Eats of the world? Already back to pre-covid levels and beyond.
So what do our scriptures say about food? Here are three simple points to keep in mind:
1. The concept of bhiksha, i.e. eat whatever is given. This helps build self control.
2. Even if you don’t like the food, try to savour it and enjoy it. No complaints. The unfortunate soul who was starving would gulp down what is in your plate within seconds.
3. Mentally offer whatever food we receive to the Lord. This reinforces gratitude and reduces ego.
We are certainly lucky, that despite a very hard year, we still have food on our plates. That is more than many can hope for.