“Food” for Thought!


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – In these days of ready mixes to  be eaten on the run, here is our Annapoorni who has given us “Gyana, Vairagya Siddyartham as Bikshai!” (last verse in Anna Poornashtakam by Sri Bhagawadpadhal)  the true nourishment  for the soul to be leisurely chewed  and calm down our restless mind. A beautiful explanation about our own Sambar and Rasam and their significance to the quality of life we lead. The explanation continues with the order of food intake as well. Please read, enjoy, and share!

Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Smt. Sunitha Madhavan for the share. Ram Ram

Sambar and Rasam – Rasamana Vivadam (Juicy Explanation!)

An explanation by Kanchi Maha Periyaval.

”What is the difference between kuzhambu and rasam?

Both contain dal,tamarind,salt,sambar podi, and asofoetida. Someone from those assembled said we consume sambar first then rasam that’s the difference. The Mahan laughed loudly.

He said”kuzhambu has vegetables but rasam does not.”Based on this discussion proceeded.

Acharya’s  explanation lf TAAN i.e. pride/ego occupies our mind we get confussed (kuzhambi pogirom) ie like sambar. But if that TAAN is not there our mind is clear like rasam.

TAAN is the word used in many households for vegetables.

We should not forget this and so we consume each day both kuzhambu and rasam.

You go for a feast you are served with Kuzhambu, Rasam, Payasam, Moru (Buttermilk) in this order. why?

This food culture is not found anywhere else. As Soon as man is born TAAN i.e. ego fills in first. He faces a number of problems that totally confuses him (Kuzhambi Pogirathu.) That is what shows first.

When his mind settles it becomes clear like rasam. This is followed by sweets i.e. Payasam, Sweets, etc. That gives him happiness.

So many similarities between life & food.

Moru (Buttermilk) has a separate quality. Our mind becomes one with the lord just like we get curd , butter, ghee and buttermilk from milk in that order.

Buttermilk is the last stage from which you cannot get anything more. The same way once you attain the lord then there is nothing more to achieve. Moru sadam (Buttermilk rice) also indicates that its the last item on the menu after which you just leave your leaf.

Thus ended the Mahan’s discourse.

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3 replies

  1. Avar thaal panithen.

  2. who else can give explanation like this? maha periyava charanam


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