According to the mystic traditions of the east, all that you think you are is nothing but food. Your body is food, your mind is food, your soul is food. Beyond the soul there is certainly something which is not food. That something is known as anatta, no-self. It is utter emptiness. The Buddha calls it shunya, the void. It contains nothing but itself; it is contentless consciousness.While the content persists, the food persists. By food is meant that which is ingested from the outside. The body needs physical food; without it, it will start withering away. This is how it survives; it contains nothing but physical food.Your mind contains memories, thoughts, desires, jealousies, power trips, and a thousand and one things. All that is also food; on a more subtle plane it is food. Thought is food. Hence, when you have nourishing thoughts your chest expands. When you have thoughts that give you energy, you feel good. Somebody says something good about you, a compliment, and look what happens to you – you are nourished. And somebody says something wrong about you, and watch – it is as if something has been snatched away from you, you are weaker than you were before.The mind is food in subtle form; it is the inner side of the body. Hence, what you eat affects your mind.Do you know this immensely important fact about Indian history? India never attacked any country in its whole history of ten thousand years, why? The same humanity exists here as exists everywhere else, but it is just that a different kind of body created a different mind. You can watch it yourself. Eat something and watch, eat something else and watch. Keep notes, and you will be surprised to find that each thing that you digest is not only physical; it has a psychological part to it. It makes your mind vulnerable to certain ideas and desires.Hence, down the ages, there has been a search for a kind of food that will not strengthen the mind but will help it to finally dissolve; a kind of food which, instead of strengthening the mind, will strengthen meditation, nomind. No fixed rules can be given, because people are different and each one has to decide for himself.Watch what you allow into your mind. People are completely unaware; they go on reading everything and anything, they go on looking at the TV, any silly, stupid thing. They go on listening to the radio, chitchatting, pouring rubbish into each other’s heads. Rubbish is all that they have. Avoid situations in which you are unnecessarily burdened with rubbish. You already have too much as it is, you need to be unburdened of it. Talk less, listen only to the essential, be telegraphic in talking and listening. If you talk less, if you listen less, slowly, you will see that cleanliness, a feeling of purity, as if you have just taken a bath, will start arising within you. That becomes the necessary soil for meditation to arise.
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