Jain Satvik Bhojan


Jain Bhojan Overview :

         Jain bhojan(food) rules and regulations are the strictest form of religiously-motivated diet regulation in Indian subcontinent. Jain’s meticulous and thorough way of applying nonviolence to everyday activities, especially to their aahar / bhojan, moulds their entire lives and this is the most significant hallmark of Jain identity.

Jain Vegetable Worship:
The Jain cuisine is completely vegetarian and also called as Satvik Aahar and excludes the vegetables which grow under soil to avoid non-violence of the vegetables because tiny life forms are injured when the plant is pulled up plant becomes dead. Jain bhojan is similar to the shojin-ryori Buddhist Aahar of Japan.

Jain Rituals and Beliefs for Bhojan Intake:
Jains don’t eat root vegetables because the bulb is seen as a living being, as it is able to sprout. Jains make considerable efforts not to injure plants in everyday life as far as possible.

Bhojan items which have started to decay are prohibited. Jain’s do not consume fermented bhojans (beer, wine and other alcohols) to avoid killing of a large number of microorganisms associated with the fermenting process. Jains consume only the fruit vegetables & doesn’t kill the plant. Root vegetables uprooting causes killing of the entire plant.

Jainism follows non-violence and the spiritual independence of all living things from the very beginning, highlighted the significance of balance in life for an emotional well-being.

Jainism discourages fasting in diabetics, pregnant women, other patients taking medications.

This saying is really worth that, “what you eat is what you think.”

Jains take very gentle care for not to hurt even any small insect and any other tiny living thing, hence they take extra efforts and make sure that no microscopic animals are injured or killed while making their bhojan in the procedure of eating and drinking. Jains only prefer to drink filtered water and this water is filtered with the help of cotton cloth which is kept reserved.

Among all the religions in the world, Jainism is the unique in examining with great thoughtfulness of even such comparatively small matters as bhojan and drink. The Jain rituals concentrates equally on the development of the mind, body & soul. Certain effects of bhojan, both good and bad, fall not only on the body, but also on the mind. The motive of preparing Jain bhojan variety is to make sure that bhojan is scientific, pure and healthy.

Jain bhojan is prepared with at the most care keeping many aspects in consideration.

Jain bhojan system is broadly divided into three sections:
1. Satvik (Highest Purity),
2. Rajasik (Passion) And
3. Tamasik (Darkness)

Satvik Bhojans -

The most important, leading to clarity, calmness and composure of mind includes bhojan such as legumes, cereal grains, fruits and nuts.

Rajasik Bhojans -

Causes over-excitation of the body includes bhojan groups such as chocolate, salt, eggs, fish, tea and coffee which should be eaten with great constraint.

Tamasik bhojans -

Causes overeating, not to mention anger, greed and jealousy, promote anger and disease includes meat, alcohol, tobacco, onions, garlic and fermented bhojans which should be avoided altogether.

Jain bhojan avoids violence and cruelty to animal and also considers compassion to smallest living creature of Biodiversity.

According to - Mahabharat (Rishishvarbharat) –“The person who drinks alcohol, eats meat, eats after sunset and consumes vegetables grown under the ground; any kind of pilgrimage, prayers and any kind of rites performed by such kind of a person bears no fruit.”

Bhojan Time beliefs :
Jains consume bhojan only between the sunrise and the sunset. Jains don’t take bhojan at night because, our biological clock is set according to the sunrise-sunset.
When the sun is right above us, our digestive fire performs the best.
The bhojan eaten at night time does not get properly digested since the digestive system becomes inactive during the night owing to the absence of sunlight and we face the problem of indigestion.
Jains believe that, there should be at least 3 to 4 hours time difference between dinner and sleep.

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