Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Seeing the Disgusting Aspects of Food disables Craving!


सुभानुपस्सिं विहरन्तं, इन्द्रियेसु असंवुतं।

भोजनम्हि चामत्तञ्‍ञुं, कुसीतं हीनवीरियं।

तं वे पसहति मारो, वातो रुक्खंव दुब्बलं॥

अच्छी लगने वाली चीजों को शुभ ही शुभ देखते विहार करने वाले , इंद्रियों मे असंयत , भोजन की मात्रा के अजानकार , आलसी और उधोगहीन को मार ऐसे सताता है जैसे दुर्बल वृक्ष को मारुत ( पवन )

Just as a storm throws down a weak tree,so does Mara overpower the person who lives for the pursuit of pleasures, who is uncontrolled in one's senses, immoderate in eating, indolent and dissipated.  ……Dhammapada

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The experience of loathsome disgust with all food, Bhikkhus & friends,developed and frequently repeated, brings a high reward and blessing, and has the Deathless Dimension as its basis & the very nearby goal. Whoever, Bhikkhus & friends, often trains perceiving disgust with food, his mind shrinks and turns away from voracious greed, he is neither attracted, captivated or tempted, but feels only equanimity or disgust! Just as, Bhikkhus & friends, a cock's feather or a piece of bowstring, thrown into the fire, shrinks up, twists, rolls itself up, does not stretch out again: just so in one who often entertains the experience of disgust
in all food, the mind shrinks back from greediness, turns away from it, is repulsed by food, is not attracted; and equanimity or disgust arises!

Source: The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikāya AN 7:46

The experience of Disgust in Food includes:
Seeing it brings the danger and tribulation of having a fragile and sore body.
Seeing what it becomes like when chewed and sunk: Like dogs vomit!
Seeing that getting it daily costs one much pain of seeking, work & cleaning.
Seeing that it is turned into secretions as bile, pus, blood, snot, slime & spit.
Seeing that it undigested stays as vomit in the foul receptacle of the stomach.
Seeing that it when digested is turned into diarrheic brown fluid in the intestines.
Seeing that it causes a lifelong excretion of stinking messy excrement & urine.
Seeing the side effects of obesity, diabetes, cardiac failure and hypertension.

Source: Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga XI 5th century AC.


  1. Oh My--that is quite a picture. And this on the heels of my succumbing to my craving and stopping for ice-cream on the way home from meditation. Hmmmmm......

  2. Thanks for looking at my writing.

    May all beings be blessed with the Mind
    of renunciation.