It’s also based on the common sense that only the person who digests the food should decide how much to eat, not some dietitian. Learning to eat till one feels light and energetic and not dull and torpid needs practice. Appetite is a moving entity and we are all differently hungry and that’s exactly why diets which reduce humans to a set of numbers—height, weight, calories—invariably backfire.
Arab culture has a beautiful system in place, one that is in tune with the yogic philosophy of eating light and right. You are only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups—for Arabian coffee with dates, both local to the region. This has an inbuilt system to respect the fact that the human stomach has different needs everyday and ensures that you don’t land up over-eating/drinking. On a day you feel like two cups of coffee, you stop at one, on a day you are feeling like four you stop at three, at all times leaving part of the stomach empty. It allows for easy movement of food within the stomach and leaves you feeling light in the body and meditative in the mind.
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Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Prophet Mohammed(pbuh)advised people to eat 1/3rd food and 1/3rdwater with the rest empty.Besides Arab food is not strong on spices and light on stomach that does not give acid reflex like the current Indian food.In the olden days the food in TN was extremely healthy due to the philosophy that says food is medicine and medicine is food.Yoga too originated in TN which was given all sorts of sanskrit names to make it look more like northern.
“Arab culture has … only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups … region. This has an INBUILT SYSTEM TO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THE HUMAN STOMACH HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS” (HOW?) … “and ensures that you don’t land up over-eating/drinking”.
“On a day you feel like two cups of coffee, you stop at one ..., “
“On a day you are feeling like four you stop at three…”
WHAT DOES EVEN ODD HAS TO DO WITH EASY MOVEMENT AND LEAVING PART OF THE STOMACH EMPTY?
If I feel like three cup of coffee, and stop at two (that is even number ...)
On a day I am feeling like five I stop at four … (that is even number ...)
"You are only allowed either 1, 3, 5, 7—basically odd number of cups—for Arabian coffee with dates, both local to the region."
You mean you can have 1 cup of Arabian coffee and date 3 - both local to the region ?
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