The Guru Principle

Aug 11 2012

Bangalore, India

Annakut! (Sri Sri says, looking at the spread of food dishes displayed on the stage)

Today the women have made 451 varieties of dishes. This is the specialty of Gujarat; 451 types of food have been prepared by the volunteers from Gujarat.

(Annakut (meaning a heap of grain) is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Indra. For Annakut, a mountain of food is decorated symbolizing the Govardhan mountain said to be lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people from the wrath of Lord Indra (The God of rain))

Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, ’ Aham Vaishvanaro Bhutva Praninaam Dehamasritah.’

‘I am Jatharagni’, (fire in the stomach responsible for the breakdown of food).

‘I am the hunger that arises in all living beings, and I am the one who digests the four forms of food.’

But what do we do? We do not even let hunger come up. We keep stuffing ourselves with so much food. We don't even allow Lord Krishna to stay! That is why once in a while it is good to fast.

On Ashtami day people generally fast so that hunger goes up. Then on the next day they offer various types of food to the Lord.

So, whenever you feel hungry, just think that Lord Krishna has come.

The fire in your stomach is God, hunger is also God and food is also God. And that is why Lord Krishna says, ‘I am the Hunger in your stomach, and I am also the Food that you eat.’

This is very fascinating knowledge. You will rarely ever find such knowledge. Even if you go through all the books in the world you will not find such knowledge.

Many people do not understand this. They thought He was just saying this. But those who are wise and knowledgeable understand this. They understand the truth and the essence behind it.

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