Participant: Tomorrow is a day
called Ekadashi here in the ashram and it’s supposed to be beneficial to fast on that day. Sadhguru: If you watch the natural cycles of the body,
based on this natural cycle, once in one mandala, that is one mandala is forty to forty-eight days.
In this forty-eight days, three days will happen where your body does not need food.
If that awareness is not there as to which day that is, for that, in India, they fixed what is called as Ekadashi.
That means, four days before the full-moon, four days before the new-moon day, people don’t eat.
They wake up in the morning, no breakfast, no lunch, only after the sun sets they eat one meal.
This is just to allow the system to realign itself, if you give this break its very, very good for
your health and your body the way it functions, because the system needs that time to adjust itself,
everyday food, everyday food it’s lot of hard work for the body, give it a little break. So, what is its
spiritual significance? Because it’s a cleansing, if your system is not vibrant, you won’t feel like
doing anything spiritual, you are feeling lethargic. For a meditator, the biggest enemy is sleep.To sit here
with eyes closed and fully alert, takes something else. For most people if they close their eyes they would
sleep. So, to sit here and to be very alert with eyes closed takes a certain level of vibrance in the body.
So, to create this vibrance, we observe, how to eat, what to do, how much to eat, all these things. It is not
spiritual, but it’s providing the right kind of body, so in that context, fasting here and there, giving the
body a break to recover itself, recover its vibrance, not become lethargic with food is important. The ideal
break between one meal and the next meal is eight hours always. If eight hours is not possible for you,
minimum five hours break is needed, you must feel a certain sense of hunger before you eat. Before you feel
hungry, if you put food into the system, the system will become lethargic, it will not know vibrance. So, human
vibrance can be in various levels, many different dimensions, it can carry you to completely different
dimensions of experience and living. So, keeping the body well is a fundamental requirement. Participant: Somehow on this day, I feel that,
need for food is not as much as it on other days. So, reducing the food intake, definitely helps to clean the
system and it also gives rest to the digestive system. Participant: So, we fast for twenty-four hours and
break the fast in the night with a particular kind of meal, which is more gentle on the system, enough of
kanji, papaya, chutney and cooked vegetables. Participant: Every morning before I do our
morning practices, we have neem and turmeric with a tepid light honey water. Sadhguru says
this has a lot of medicinal benefits and its very supportive for yogic sadhana. Sadhguru: Anything that you borrow from the planet,
it will cause a certain level of inertia in the system. Now, the important thing is, that you are conscious
of this and to keep the inertia levels at the minimum. Why always, whether your sadhana is working or not is
always gauged by how much you sleep and how alert you are, is because we are checking the inertia,
how much inertia are you generating. If you are generating too much inertia,
obviously you need to do something about it. So, the inertia levels will increase if the body
does not allow a certain amount of energy to enter the cellular level. For it to enter the cellular level,
neem and turmeric as a combination is a tremendous… it’s like a dilator. You know what’s a dilator?
Now if your ophthalmologist wants to look into your eye, he looks into your eye you don’t show much,
he puts a dilator, your eye becomes like this (Gestures), now he looks into your eye. So, this is kind of a dilator
for the energy, it dilates the body in such a way, that it allows the energy to enter and fill up every crevice
in the body, this is important, otherwise if you do lot of sadhana, not just… not…neem and turmeric are not
the only things, these are the physical supports, the sadhana itself is doing it. Neem and turmeric is a
good support because it dilates the cellular structure in such a way that it is able to absorb. As you do your
asanas, the body will simply crackle with a different kind of energy. So, consumption of neem and turmeric
with a mildly laced honey water acts as a wonderful way of cleansing the system,
dilating the system, that when you do sadhana, one thing it brings – flexibility to the muscles, another
thing is because the dilation brings flexibility to the muscle and that flexibility as a consequence
becomes a way that you slowly build the system into a more powerful possibility. So, taking care of the food
and a few things is important, as important as Sadhana. Being disciplined with your food, what you take into
the system is as important as doing the sadhana. The idea is, if you take this neem and turmeric
combination early in the morning and drink something warm, it cleanses the stomach in a big way.
If there are any minor infections in your stomach, it will go away and it also kills the cancerous cells
in the body. When I say cancerous cells, it is not that you must… you know, diagnosed as a having cancer,
all our bodies have cancerous cells. Only when this percentage of cancerous
cells goes beyond a certain percentage, only then it becomes a disease, otherwise
every one of our body has cancerous cells, in how many of them are there,
decides your health status in many ways. Participant: We just got done with our morning
practice sessions and headed for the brunch. Participant: The way that we sit in the hall is
we sit cross legged and we eat with our hands. By eating with the hands you really create that
connection with your food, before it even goes into your mouth. Another aspect, that how we eatin the hall is,
we eat in silence. It really helps you to be more conscious and aware. And why this is important is
because, I have become more aware of how my body is while eating. In situations back at home, I’m watching
T.V. while eating, you put your hand into the bag of chips and all of a sudden, there is no more chips left. But when
you eat this way consciously, you can better feel the sensations in your body and to know when to stop. Participant: Here at the ashram, we have two meals a
day, after introducing this diet, I have seen some changes, in the way I do my practices. My sleep quota
has gone down quite significantly. Sadhguru says, there should be at least eight hours gap between the first and
second meal, I can definitely see that it has worked. Sadhguru: So, if you space out the food,
between one meal and the next meal, if there is six- to-eight hours gap, without eating anything
else in between, most of your cancerous cells will die. Still, if some of them are tough and they don’t go,
that is why twice a month there is a Ekadashi for you. Now, huge studies have been made and they are saying
the same thing that if you just fast for a period of time, fasting does not mean, eight days, fifteen days and
killing yourself. No! Just, you eat your evening meal today, the next meal is only tomorrow evening. If you
give this much space, most of the cancerous cells get neutralized. Will all of them be gone? No! Some of them
know how to lie low, but they will never be able to increase their numbers and gang up in
one place to become an ailment. Participant: It’s not just about the type of
food and how many times you have food, but it’s also about the healing and cooling properties
of the food, it changes accordingly to the weather. Everything is put together to create the
right kind of balance. Participant: During the training in the
afternoon, we are also taking a soup. Sadhguru: In the afternoons, they will give you, what is
here locally called as Kullu and the English came here and named it as the horse gram. So, horse gram soup
they will give you in the afternoon. You drink horse gram soup and horse gram is one among the lintels, it is the
most protein rich lintel found on the planet. It’s very high powered! So, that’s why race horses are fed
with this gram, which is called as horse gram today, now this will increase heat in the body. Participant: My experience of taking this, during this
training, I would say that I never get sick, like fever, cold. Participant: I can better tell what my body needs.
Sometimes I feel like eating more raw food, depending on how much energy I’ve exerted.
I am able to tell better because I am eating in this conscious manner. I have definitely, never enjoyed eating
food this much, it’s definitely a different way of eating.