Selecting the Right Form of Physical Nourishment
''In this New Age of Aquarius there will be a special outpouring of blessing upon humanity, but unless men are ready, purified, so that their vehicles become sensitive to the outpoured spirit, they will not receive the blessing into themselves in the same degree.
There is a need in this New Age of Aquarius for the bodies of man to be purified by the food of nature: sun-kissed food, wheat, fruits, nuts, vegetables, all the sweet, pure products of Mother Earth.
As these natural pure foods are taken into the body, so the body increases in its sensitivity to spiritual things, the brain becomes a little more active and more receptive to the inspiration which flows to man from higher and more evolved beings.
Now, do not be unwise, only take one step at a time. We are just pointing out to you the trend of things in the New Age and it will not be many years before this idea which is being broadcast from our world will take root everywhere. We assure you that more sensible and purer food is a spiritual necessity, and it will in time have an effect upon all men's natures. It is necessary for the purification of the body, before the outpouring of the spirit which has been promised in the New Age.
We foresee a time when man will not consume animal flesh; he will not consume any substance which has at some time been individually conscious.
Now, let us consider the plant kingdom: it is sometimes used as an argument against the practice of vegetarianism that the vegetables you eat have life too. They do have life - that is, the life-force pulses in them; but they have not achieved individual consciousness; and while man is in a physical body he has to take into that physical body certain life-forces which, until he reaches a much higher level of evolution still, he can only receive through growing matter; matter which contains this living force.
Now, that very life-force in vegetables, in the fruits of the Earth, is enhanced or increased by the light, not only the normal physical sunlight, but also the spiritual sunlight. This is why love and tender care of a plant or the Earth gives to the growing thing genuine and effective nourishment. The white light, or Love, nourishes the growing thing.
We would help you in your modern world to increase your awareness of the Great Mother who gives so abundantly of Her fruits, Her grain, of Her flowers and Her healing herbs. She gives to mankind sustenance: but also Her comfort, Her healing and all the blessings of man's physical life.
You have reason to thank the Great Mother for all these gifts.
One rule concerns nourishment. Many people pay a great deal of attention to their food, indeed far too much attention. At the same time, your food is supplying nourishment to the different components of the physical and etheric bodies; and if you take in coarse food you are stimulating and feeding the coarser atoms. Likewise, if we naturally have a taste for sun-nourished food, such as fruit, ripened corn, mountain water, and the berries and the nuts of the trees, we are feeding the higher, the aspiring atoms in our being. We are assisting our spiritual training. If we insist upon the coarser types of food, it makes our training harder and longer - that is all.
From birth, through middle age and up to death the body becomes congested with poisonous accumulations. The foodstuffs that civilization has produced when assimilated into your body, tend to produce this clogged condition. Much of the water you drink also has this effect.
Foods of the wrong type tend to thicken the bloodstream and cause, in middle life and old age, much sluggishness. Your object, if you are on the spiritual path, is to purify the physical atoms; and if you want pure vehicles you must eat pure food.
It is better not to eat flesh because so often animals are killed under conditions of fear, and the blood, the red meat, will transmit to you the fears and the coarser vibrations. You would be very horrified if it were suggested to you that you should eat your brother or sister at your side. You would think it a shocking thing, wouldn't you? There was a time when certain races did this, but you regard it as a depraved taste. In a little while the eating of the flesh of any living creature will be considered depraved taste, quite apart from the cruelty inflicted.
Cruelty is a very important subject, and the one on the spiritual path steers clear of cruelty in any form. There exists so much more cruelty than cruelty to our animal brethren. We are sorry to say that human kind does not realize the extent of the cruelties which it inflicts: not only upon animals, but upon its own kind too.
Yet take your food and enjoy it. It is one of the most delightful things to be able to absorb the most perfect flavor from your food. You are actually gaining spiritual development by so doing; you are developing the sense of taste. Take your food, thanking God for it and the Mother Earth for Her gift of the food to you. Always endeavoring to obtain the purest and the best quality food of its kind according to your Earth limitations.
Seek always perfection: you cannot always get it, but seek.
Work for beauty in all your surroundings, and the preparation and the presentation of the food should all be harmonious. Let the act of taking food be a ritual. So it should be, and in that way you are contributing to the inner sense of taste.
It is not so much the food that you eat that matters, but the thoughts of your mind and your general outlook. Therefore, the first thing is to cultivate an aspiring attitude to life. Your very life should remember always that your bodies - physical, mental, astral, spiritual - are the temple of the Holy Spirit, of the God within. Therefore you must attune yourselves to life on the God vibration, the good vibration, the aspiring vibration.''
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