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Eating

So, you know in that sense it’s important that the food be grown locally because, not just because you know the fuel is going to run out, and because the, you know God knows, if there is a disaster what are we going to do? But mostly because if you are living and dealing with people who are sane of mind and are satisfied it is so much easier. It’s kinda, you know, peaceful and cool right? And then you can look at bigger and bigger things. Like let’s say spiritual life or whatever. But it seems like it’s the type of nutrition that people are getting nowadays is almost like a survival. And if you look in the ranks, the social ranks, those who get health and good food they are the ones who have money. But actually it’s not meant to be like that. Anyone can have a piece of land, grow their food, but the point is that whatever is taken out of that land supposed to go back. So you got some theory, you know that they, you know you should use your own sewage to spray back on to the land and stuff, like some people have, you know take a funny look when you say that. But the idea is to understand what you’re taking out in the form of vegetables, fruits and whatever, and actually keep that soil which is the, really the gold, you know, because it produces how you going to feel basically.

Therefore you cannot, understanding this: you cannot go really and buy food that is produced in Melbourne and is flown over here; and then you just eat. What to speak of something that comes from Singapore, or milk comes from China, it’s actually insane. There is another aspect of the food production: whatever comes at different seasons is meant to immunise you against any kind of cold or whatever disease it may be. Because the way nature is made is that things come out at a particular time for a reason. Otherwise we’d be getting mangoes all the year around and then, you know, we’d be getting broccoli all the year round as well. But the tendency is that no, you go to Coles and buy broccoli and it’s just the price that fluctuates. But the reality is that when the price is high you are not meant to buy it; because you are not meant to eat that kind of food at that time of the year.  You are meant to eat citrus in autumn or fall, and winter, onset of winter then you can eat citrus because you have a craving.

I have a, I have a, distinct, I’ve had it since I was a kid but, you know I never eat according to um, let’s say a menu or whatever, I eat, if I open the fridge when I go somewhere I think, and I think what do I feel like? I’m sure a lot of people do that also, but sometimes you tend to override that because the meal is there in front of you. But the reality is that you should open the fridge, or open wherever you got, you should think what do I feel like really? I don’t really feel like? What do you have in the morning? I have butter and toast every morning and vegemite. But does your body want that every morning, does it want vegemite every morning? Does your body actually want fruits every morning? Because it’s a fad that everybody’s gotta eat fruits in the morning. But does your body feel like it?

There’s three types of bodies. You know there’s the, there’s the Vata, there’s the Kapha and the pitta – Pitta is fire, Kapha is mucus and Vata is air. So just by looking at people you can tell, what they like. So everyone relates to particular activity. Cause some people are very quick, very sharp you know like fire, they, there’s pitta. So they like, a you know like, she’s [referring to Tara] Pitta she’s go that, that, you know thing, very quick and like this and that and they have particular aspects that makes you think. So Pitta and Vata and Kapha they don’t eat the same thing. So you can’t just keep shoving things, you know, so what is this people coming from another place, so this is all part of it… you know the science of eating. And by doing that properly, I realise that we’ve really got to develop up a culture of growing food. You’ve gotta start from the beginning to develop food production.

When something is eaten, the tendency in the world of the moment is to single out a type of food. You go to Dominos pizza, or you go to Subway, or you go to KFC, or you go to McDonalds and it’s singled out. The problem with that is when you eat food you’ve got to have six types of taste – pungent, sour, sweet, salty, etc. six types of stuff. When you eat those six types of taste, you feel satisfied, even if it’s a small amount. But what happens with this type of single… you go to Dominos pizza and you can have five pizzas and you’ll still feel this craving somehow or other. Therefore they’ve got to drink a Coke afterwards to, kinda wash it all down [laughs]. But, what happens is that, it’s a single, or just a dual food, taste. But the restaurant, go in, gives them, ah, when you take a good selection it gives you the full six tastes and having those full six tastes you actually feel satisfied, and happy. So that, that, it’s just, that restaurant was also opened to give people a chance to come in contact, there’s something that you don’t have to be so destructive about. It’s not that expensive, it’s affordable and it tastes good. So people get that realisation and then they start looking, well maybe there’s a few people that told me they just, “well why should we eat meat you know?”  just kinds start cutting down on the meat. So it has an effect on the whole planet, obviously of everyone does that. So that was one of the objectives also.

We do this festival at like Woodford and things like that. We’re just about to go there, and we have a plate that we sell for $11, and it’s the same thing, you, know we’ve done the same thing over years; but the thing is that, that plate is combined, is designed in such a way that it gives you the six tastes. By giving you the six tastes, then people walk out of there and feel very happy. Otherwise you go and just, feel peckish all the time. And you hit that one, hit that one, you spend fix bucks, ten dollars, twenty dollars, you still like, argh, then you go and get a glass of beer. That’s what happens. And people live that way; because they, the tongue is like a… I’ve hear one thing about the tongue, you know when you have this big ships you know, and they’ve got a small rudder at the end. But the rudder is so important because it gives the whole direction of this ship. And the tongue in the body is the same way, whatever you do with the tongue, whatever you speak, whatever you eat, that’s going to determine the direction of your body. So it’s like the rudder it’s a small thing but, geez it has a big effect on your life.

Because people will kill just to, so they can get that sensation on the tongue. They realise it. Because they think it’s, you see they, they’ve made part of the society, they’ve included in a normal society. You just go to the butcher, go get your steak, you don’t think twice about it, you know it’s like, it’s a meal. But when you dissect all that why do you do this, because I crave for a particular taste. And when you crave for a particular type of taste society has managed somehow to hide what goes on at the back so that this can go on without thinking, but as the CEO of Citibank mentioned in his speech recently (very good speech, it’s on You-tube I think you can watch it) and he says that we wouldn’t have been, because he’s having debate with some other section of society. And he said we wouldn’t be having this debate if the slaughterhouses had glass walls.

You go to India for example, or some Asian countries. You see someone splattered on the road. You see basically life and death happening right there in front of your eyes. So you’re more aware of it, but in the west somehow or other man has managed to create the, you know, whenever there is an action everything is hush, hush. It’s covered, the ambulance comes you can’t look, you can’t take pictures and things like, you are not aware of these things. But there is a different stages of life including for the animals and should be able to see when it takes breath and is dying. So you are aware it actually goes on. Because society has managed to hide that then we are fed literally, intellectually and physically things that if we saw how those things were made or grown we would not touch them with a ten foot pole. But because it’s nicely packaged, it’s like, that’s it.

There is a superficial understanding that it is good for me I might lose a bit of weight, you know it’s always the me, me, me. But, when you, when you pass the superficial level, I understand that free for the others, if you do this it actually benefits so many other living, including the planet earth. But just the environment, the water levels, the animals, your own children. Everything will be benefitted by developing the culture of living locally, growing your food and living relatively simply. But I mean, you know, this is something that cannot be done overnight. But that’s a culture we need to gradually implement in education; because education is still the leading, how I would say, the main thing in society. Because whatever is taught at school this is what’s going to go. So therefore in your positions it’s very important that these ideas be gradually implemented in the educational system. Because the future generation is there, they are gradually coming to that understanding; slowly they’re coming to that understanding. And more and more, the kids like we’ve got, all these WWOOFers, and they’re here because they are looking for this alternate way of life; that will not make them hurt other living entities in any way shape or form.

But just the fact of making them conscious, that eating whatever, whenever, without observing the consequences of where that food came from, even that awareness is quite amazing. You put the glass walls everywhere.

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