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A Dash of Divinity

The Yogi's Secret Ingredient

Have you ever noticed that even when the freshest ingredients are used in cooking and the recipe is followed perfectly, sometimes, somehow that dish doesn’t come out quite right? It may look fantastic, taste fine and fill the belly, but something is missing.

So, what’s the key to uplifting, energizing and really satisfying others in serving them food? When you prepare a meal with love in your heart and an awareness of the Divine, the Divine will come into your food, and those who enjoy the meal will be nurtured far beyond the vitamins and nutrients it contains. This is so important, even if you are making food only for yourself. This practice of bringing the Divine into the preparation of food is the foundation of Ayurveda and yogic cooking.

You can begin by simply uttering a mantra, affirmation or prayer (silently or aloud) in rhythm with each chop of the knife or stir of your spoon. Put on some uplifting music in the kitchen and hum or sing along. In any way, the idea is to get that energy flowing.

On the other side, if you are feeling angry or stressed out, that emotion will also end up in the food, probably resulting with a poor tasting meal or otherwise not coming out right. Those who eat such a meal are also likely to feel crabby, get indigestion or even become ill. If you are in a bad mood or upset in some way and must prepare food for your family, take a few deep breaths before you start, to get yourself centered. You can even say a little prayer, something like, “Okay God, this food has to be made. Please just come through me and flow into this food and keep all my emotional garbage out of it.”

Think about these things the next time you are preparing a meal, especially over the upcoming holidays. Play some uplifting music on your stereo. Sing a happy song, something that helps you feel love in your heart and gratitude for the blessings in your life.

Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa
Author of From Vegetables With Love

Recommended: Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World by Adrian Butash


Mahan Deva Kaur commented on 13-Nov-2009 06:36 AM5 out of 5 stars

Siri Ved Kaur has helped me truly understand the beauty & honor of cooking. Especially, "The Yogi's Secret Ingredient" as she calls the loving vibrations used in cooking. I am ever thankful for all she has shared. She was a young woman, just as I was when first blessed with the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Now that we are both well "seasoned", she has even more great things to share! Thank you Siri Ved Kaur for being such a wonderful teacher! May you ever dwell in Guru's Grace! Mahan Deva Kaur (Paulette)

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