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Miraculous Benefits of Eating Fruits

Sadhguru: Only oranges for 1008 days this lady ate. She came out like she was twenty years younger. The digestive fires, if these fires have to burn, most effectively fruit is definitely the best thing. Fruit can do miraculous things to the body, one can become very, very alive and active. Your brain works best, ecologically it’s the most sensible thing to do. Questioner: Sadhguru, you have said that our psychological situation can be influenced by what we eat. Medical science is talking about how fruits and vegetables promote psychological wellness. Is there any significance to this, and is a predominantly fruit diet only for someone doing certain kinds of sadhana or is it also okay for people in regular situations involving work, family or lots of physical activity? Sadhguru: In any machine or any kind of fuel that we use, the efficacy of the fuel essentially is in how easily it burns. Why the kind of gasoline you use for automobiles is one thing, what you use in the tractors is one way, what you use in a fast car is another way, what you use in an airplane is another way, essentially, how easily it burns. You have seen in your gas stations about the octane levels, eighty-seven, eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-one, ninety-three, ninety-six. Well, when we were riding motorcycles, we would pay three times and buy hundred octane because putting hundred octane suddenly the motorcycle performs in a way that others cannot. So, (Laughs) you know very well, the most easily digestible food is fruit. Digestion means Jataragni, the digestive fires as they are known. If these fires have to burn, most effectively fruit is definitely the best thing. Only those people who enjoy inertia –­ that means they enjoy part of them being dead. Don’t think it’s a joke, lot of people do. Lot of people enjoy lethargy and inertia unfortunately, that means somewhere life has not touched them. So, sleeping, intoxication, overeating and just lying down there feels better than being alive and active and dynamic in one’s life. So, only for such a person, fruit may be a problem because it’ll keep you alert and awake. It doesn’t keep you intoxicated unless it ferments of course. (Laughs) So, it has that quality also, you just have to wait. One can know an extreme sense of joy and intoxication and a deep pleasure out of heightened levels of awareness also. But now the question is, can I be normal and eat fruit, tch, or can I eat fruit and still be normal? (Few laugh) You know even Adam started (Few laugh) with a fruit. (Laughs) So, when we say fruit, we must understand fruit is one aspect which nature itself intends to be food, in the sense, most fruit what you find, let’s say a mango or an apple ­– being month of May, I refuse to talk about apple, I’ll talk about mango. (Few laugh) The seed is the important part of the mango, the flesh is only a draw, it’s a lure so that animals and birds will go for this and carry the seed somewhere far away and drop it. I think for this question, the simple answer is in your general practice of life itself. Suppose you are ill in a hospital, let’s say, you’re in a hospital bed, nobody brings you chicken biryani, isn't it? (Few laugh) They’ll bring fruits because even your friends and relatives understand that, (Laughs) “Okay you’re eating all that you got sick, at least now you eat sensibly.” That’s the message. So, fruit can do miraculous things to the body. Sufficient consumption of fruit can do great things to the system. One can become very, very alive and active, no matter what is your lifestyle. But if you are doing very menial kind of job, let’s say you are digging outside everyday physically, not with a machine but you’re physically digging and doing very hard work, then you may find every two hours you get hungry because of the fruit. Because there is only that much volume you can eat but it gets digested so rapidly that you may feel empty stomach. Till you come to a certain level of awareness where you are able to be empty stomach and still be energetic because hunger is about running out of energy, it’s like you’re running out of battery, that’s why you need to eat. But today, a lot of people or most people I would say, when they feel little empty in the stomach, they feel like eating. To get out of this, you need a little bit of awareness that you are empty stomach but still you are okay because you are energetic. When your energy starts dipping, you eat. So, if you go on a total fruit diet you may have to either spend little more time on the lunch time and eat slowly so that you ingest enough fruit because with little fruit you will feel full because it’s generally sweet. So, one has to wait and slowly eat. There is also a bio-clock within us that, let us say your normal meal, cooked meal you were taking ten, twelve minutes to eat, even if you eat fruit, by the time you reach ten, twelve minutes your body says you’ve eaten enough. So, you have to consciously eat more because it is timing you. It is not looking at the fill, it’s just timing you. When those ten, twelve minutes are gone you feel you’re full. So, one has to go beyond that and consume enough. But if you are only on fruit diet and physically very active, it is important that maybe you bring three meals into your day and most of you may already be doing it. So, three times a day, if you’re sleeping six hours or eight hours or whatever, for the remaining hours, sixteen to eighteen hours, three times eating is more than enough if you’re eating fruit but stomach will feel empty within two hours’ time. So, you must get used to hanging on with high energy but empty stomach, this is the time your brain works best, this is the time as a human being, you function best, it’ll be good for you. So if you want to use your brain power and also physical activity, it’ll work perfectly well. But the fruit that you get in the market today, we don’t know what it is filled with. That is a little bit of a problem because I clearly noticed this, the kind of country fruits that we used to eat when we were young and today the farm grown fruits that are coming to us even in India – I mean here it’s another matter altogether – even in India they are not the same. They are much bigger, rounder, better looking but this is like Botox. (Few laugh) This doesn’t work. I can clearly feel it’s not the same level of strength and aliveness in it simply because this is made for the market not for the man. These fruits are essentially made for the market, this doesn’t mean that they are totally a waste but they don’t have the same nutrient that it used to have, so we may have to fortify it with some amount of other food. We must check and see what kinds of fruits you are exposed to and seasonally there are variety of fruits. It’s very incredible that what kind of fruits the land produces at a certain time is most suitable for the system, there is a lot of study about this, how for those seasons when there’s cold, when it’s hot, when

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