The physical body is one of the marvelous instruments which man possesses to express himself. Considering this body from a strictly physical point of view, it is what we could call a machine, food being its combustible. The machine works and serves as an instrument according to the kind of combustible that is used.
Many times we meet people who radiate an attitude of bliss, happiness, health, optimism, sympathy, love, etc. These people win the friendship of everyone: they possess a force of attraction, a “magnet”; they are irresistible. Others are weak and lack that “magnet” which is so marvelous. They fail when they try to receive the help of other people, and when they are owners of a business their clients gradually leave them.
Psychology has discovered that a person’s character depends on his internal state. Character does not develop in the physical body, but it expresses itself through it, and if the physical body is not in a good state, then our internal side cannot express itself efficiently.
It is indispensable that each person be nourished sufficiently. When nutrition is imperfect, the blood weakens and becomes poor, this being the reason why the cells also weaken. One of the best ways of obtaining complete nutrition with our customary food consists in perfectly masticating the delicacies. Food partially ingested loses a great part of its nutritional value.
Another point of great importance is the irrigation of the body: the proper use of water for the organism’s benefit. The minimum amount of water required daily is two and a half liters. If water becomes scarce, then certain glands cannot function efficiently; the body does not eliminate all the wastes of the organism properly, the liver does not function well, etc.
The majority of people believe that food without meat is incomplete. Nothing is more erroneous because science has demonstrated that nutrition obtained from vegetables has a greater sustaining power.
All animals carry within the poisons of putrefaction. The venous blood is full of carbonic acid and other noxious substances. These harmful and repugnant substances are found everywhere in meat and when we eat these foods we fill our bodies with these toxins.
Abundant proofs exist which demonstrate that a carnivorous diet stimulates ferocity. Let us observe the ferocity of the beasts of prey and the cruelty of the cannibals, and compare them with the prodigious strength and docility of cattle, of the elephant, of the horse.
However, let us not jump to the conclusion that everyone should give up eating meat once and for all and dedicate themselves to vegetarian eating. It would be crazy for a person to change his ordinary diet which he has been using for years and which is nourishing him adequately. To eliminate meat from the ordinary diet of the people accustomed to it would completely undermine their health. The only sure way to proceed is by first experimenting and studying things. [Learn more about his teachings regarding vegetarianism here.]
You should be very careful with your nutrition. We do not ask you to give up meat once and for all but we do warn you that meat, when consumed in large quantities (for example, everyday), are like poison for the body. Dr. Arnold Krumm-Heller, Professor of Medicine of the University of Berlin and great Gnostic doctor, sustained that man should consume twenty percent of his food as meat.
We have verified that some foods such as wheat, eggs, avocados, etc. can substitute meat. Cereals, in general, are of great nutritive value. The protein of cow milk is marvelous. Milk from soybeans is very nutritious and its chemical composition is similar to that of cow milk.
Foods should be used in a balanced manner so as to obtain the best nutrition. Avoid eating white bread. White flour is harmful and does not contain any nourishment. Eat black bread, plantains, and corn flour instead of white bread and white flour. Eat many vegetables; remember that vegetables are fountains of great nourishment. Vitamins are found in vegetables.
May peace be with you!
Samael Aun Weor
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