In his numerous discourses, Sathya Sai Baba stressed the importance of proper food habits for individuals traveling on the spiritual path. He discussed how our food habits affect our mind, thoughts, conduct, and health. Sathya Sai Baba tells us that one of the primary concerns for any spiritual aspirant is control of the mind. He explains how the food we eat is energetically transformed into subtle energy of the mind and, as a result, into the thoughts we think.
The Type of Food That You Consume Decides Concentration
The type of food that you consume decides the degree of concentration you can command; its quality and quantity decide how much your self-control is lessened or heightened.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 14, July 1978
Eat to Live; Do Not Believe That You Live in Order to Eat
A large portion of the food now consumed is superfluous; man can live healthily on much less. A good deal of effort and expenditure now spent to cater to taste and to social pomp can be given up, and health too will improve thereby. … 'Moderate food gives excellent health.’ … Eat to live; do not believe that you live in order to eat.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 14, December 1978
Take in Only Simple, Pure, Clean Food
Take in only simple, pure, clean food—what is called sattvic food by the sages—that is, food that will not arouse the impulses and emotions, sharpen the passions, upset the equanimity, or hamper health. Food offered to God is free from the evil vibrations that injure the individual in subtle ways. Food offered to the hungry and then also eaten has the same beneficial quality. Since food has a subtle impact on the feelings and thoughts of man, you have to be ever vigilant.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 10, March 1970
Food and Character
Depending on the type of food we consume, we can place ourselves in any broad range of classifications, from demons to the immortal ones…. So we should eliminate items that are excessively salty, sour, or pungent.
Discourse, Sathya Sai Newsletter, July 25, 1983