Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

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#1 Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by venkatakailasam » 27 Sep 2013, 14:05

Eating food with the hands in today’s Western society can sometimes be perceived as being unhygienic, bad mannered and primitive. However within Indian culture there is an old saying that,
” eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit”.

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" Also the 5 fingers represent the 5 diff tastes ( Sweet , sour, bitter , salty and Umami) "
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#2 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 28 Sep 2013, 17:40

அறுசுவை அல்லவா?

Vedic wisdom?
Ayurveda refers to six tastes -
madhura मधुर (sweet), lavaNa लवण (salty), amla अम्ल (sour), kaTu कटु (pungent), tikta तिक्त (bitter), & kaSAya कषाय (astringent).
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#3 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by Rsachi » 28 Sep 2013, 18:09

Guys
Here is my simple common 21st century sense of why we eat with our hand/s.
1. Eating with my hands makes me more sensitive to food.
2. I wash my hand before eating and so am more mentally prepared to eat.
3. The human hand has an incredible range of manipulation and movement so cannot be matched by any cutlery.
4. I can eat solid, semisolid and liquid food with my hand.
5. I save on material wastage.
6. What I feel with my hand assures me I won't eat poorly cooked or dangerous food.
7. The size of a cupped hand approximates the capacity of my mouth.
8. I won't eat too hot or too cold food.
9. Washing and cleaning, making and buying cutlery wastes precious resources.
10. If I eat with my hands I will better remember the meal I ate and what foods I like and I don't.
11. Half the joy of a banana leaf meal is eating with the hand!
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#4 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by cmlover » 28 Sep 2013, 20:03

Also our SI food is finger-licking good!
Try licking the knife or the fork :)
How else can you eat the 'pAyasam" poured on a plantain leaf!
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#5 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by Nick H » 28 Sep 2013, 21:03

Half the joy of a banana leaf meal is eating with the hand!
Having a cut on my right thumb, I was forced to ask for a fork.

Eating with a fork, off a banana leaf just felt so wrong!
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#6 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by vasanthakokilam » 28 Sep 2013, 22:33

>Eating with a fork, off a banana leaf

LOL ;) That is a sight to behold.

Sachi I like your 7 and 8.

The dexterity of the hands comes in handy in that epic battle to keep the rasam from flowing off the edge of the leaf!
Nick, I don't know how you managed that with a fork!! You can lift the long edge of the leaf a bit to stop that flow but then rasam will flow side ways. OK, one side of which you can battle, in vain, with that fork, but what about the other side ;)
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#7 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by cmlover » 29 Sep 2013, 00:33

Who said you can't use a straw :D
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#8 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by Nick H » 29 Sep 2013, 01:17

VK, I don't remember (even though it was only a couple weeks back). I think I kept to relatively dry choices. I would have been moderate with rasam anyway. I was back to hands at Murugan Idly two days ago.

I've been in the wars: cut thumb, one tooth removed, and a skinned elbow from a wonderfully dramatic tumble outside Ragasudha Hall two days back. Must have been the Dosai!

CML, a straw might have been a good idea!
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#9 Re: Vedic Wisdom behind eating with your hands

Post by Rsachi » 29 Sep 2013, 07:58

Yes, Nick, cups or leaf-cups (we call them donne in Kannada) and even straws do not militate against the basic convenience of eating with hand. I will even accommodate an occasional spoon. But to ridicule eating with one's fingers is a No-No.
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