Annam

There are many references to annam (food) in vedanta sastra. In the Taittreya upanisad, for example, Bhrgu asks his father, Varuna to teach him Brahma satyam. A conversation between the two ensues and (part of it) goes something like this: Varuna tells his son, “That from which all being arise, that which sustains all beings and that unto which all beings resolve, concentrate on that; that is Brahman” After intense concentration, Bhrgu concludes that annam answers the description fully and must, therefore, be Brahman.  While Bhrgu was partially correct in that annam is Brahman, but is Brahman annam? Varuna asks his son to contemplate more and arrive at the right conclusion.

 

The truth is there is only one Satyam, only one vastu, everything else is Mithya. By definition Mithya is that which cannot be classified either as Satyam nor be dismissed as unreal – Satasatbhyam anirvacaniyam. While everything known and unknown, including annam, is Brahman, Brahman is not any of them. Clearly, however, annam is critically important part of any being in the transactional world we live in… (Click read more to view the full article)