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Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Cleansing & the Yogic Diet

When you do not consciously relate to your body, your mind does not relate con­sciously to you.
-Let the Liver Live, Aquarian Times, Feb/Mar 2009

To begin with, all food was considered as human medicine. Food is the medicine which creates equili­brium.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992


Now, I will tell you something about food. Just put up a little sign on the table that says: ‘My stomach has no teeth.’ Do you understand? If even one-tenth of your food goes from your mouth into the body without saliva, it will create disease.
—6/29/95

By nature the month of April, can give you a total new lease, eat light and eat right. In spite of the taxes and cleaning the houses and all other stuff, this is one time that you can give yourself a new sprouting energy.
-3/25/86

 

Simple food is very simple. The simpler you eat, the healthier you become. It is very difficult to eat simple food. Therefore, in therapy, there is always a mono diet. Have just one thing to eat.
7/12/83

The basic properties of a food must be that it should be nutritious, sustaining, and balanced. Balanced food is that food which can be digested without drawing on your health. It should not put a strain on the body.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Food which sustains you will always give you more joy in life. Any food which pushes you is going to kill you.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

You don't grow old by years, you grow old by food. The bottom line is not how much you know, the bottom line is how much you eat and what you eat.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Juice fasts should be done only by someone whose body is already intrinsically strong enough to withstand the toxins that will be eliminated.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Juices must not be drunk, but “eaten” thoroughly, “chewed” and mixed with saliva. Vegetable juice fasts are good for losing weight, detoxification, and cleansing the organs, cells, and tissues of the body.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Before a man eats, four conditions should exist in the environment. If these conditions are not met, then it is better for a man to remain hungry. First of all, he should be surrounded by a calm and quiet atmosphere. Secondly, he should be under no mental or physical pressure. Thirdly, the food he is about to eat must be properly cooked with all the ingredients. Lastly, there should be enough time in which to eat gracefully.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

As a woman you must watch your elimination system, your urine and stool. It is more important for a woman than a man. Your food should pass through the body easily and take less than eighteen hours.
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Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Mostly you eat for eating's sake, you eat for the taste. But whatever you eat, it should not sit in your stomach and then not come out. Food must clear your stomach in two hours, and your body in eighteen hours. Otherwise you are asking for a problem.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

A woman should never eat late at night, and never heavy meals. If you can make the evening meal mainly vegetables, it will give you tremendous physical security.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Springtime is when new blood starts coming in. It's a good time to cleanse. It is written that you cannot be a man of experience unless you cleanse yourself in the spring.
-Beads of Truth Winter 1992

 

Chew well. The stomach has no teeth.
-Aquarian Teacher Training Manual

 

Vegetarians don’t eat anything that had a mother.
-Kundalini Yoga: Flow of Eternal Power

 

The lion is a great meat-eater, and he is called the king of the jungle. But no animal can match the elephant, a complete vegetarian, for pure strength.
-Kundalini Yoga: Flow of Eternal Power

 

You should not gobble food, because the secretion of the stomach is ordered by the pituitary and on the command of the pineal, so when you quickly fill your stomach, bloat it up immediately, and give it a shock, then it gives your body a shock for the next three hours.
-8/13/92

For food to be rejuvenating and to give strength to keep the body young, you have to use the saliva of your mouth. If you do not mix saliva in every morsel of your food, you are eating poison.
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8/13/92

When you swallow food that is not chewed properly, it swallows your strength, your life. Then nothing is left of you. Slow eating is one of the best meditations on this Earth.
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8/13/92

Saliva is the most nurturing, health-giving, young-making stuff.
-8/13/92

Food should not go to the throat or into the stomach until [you chew it enough so] it is sweet to your tongue.
-8/13/92

Your life will be long and your power will be great if you taste every morsel of the food you eat.
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8/13/92

Your power is in your mind. Your body is just a vehicle. You are not eating food, you are eating for your health, your vitality, your energy, your prosperity, your strength, your “fateh”—your power to conquer. When you eat food, it is God’s own self.
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8/13/92