Onion and Garlic – good or bad ?? ( Scroll down to read the post in Hindi )
I grew up in a strict vegetarian no-onion-garlic family but I was always fascinated with the yummy taste of onion and garlic. As I grew up I also learned that onion and garlic have lots of health benefits. One should consume them daily in order to stay fit and healthy. But like any other child I am also influenced by my lovely mother in many ways and so always be hesitant in eating onion and garlic. And of course there is one thing which I still wonder about is that if onion and garlic is that much healthy then why onion-garlic eaters are not disease-free people?? I mean they should not be having any heart attacks or any other health problems, right?? Okey, keep everything aside but I still wanted to know why the hell I can not eat onion and garlic? So I experimented on myself by eating them for a while and then stopped eating for a some period. I also tried to find the answer on the internet and in some other spiritual books after all they are the only one ask us to not eat onion and garlic!! So based on my experiences and knowledge now I can tell one thing with confidence that if you are on a spiritual path, practice meditation and want to excel in bhakti (devotion and godliness) then onion and garlic is not for you as they definitely affect your focus and pull your attention back towards the illusions of the glamorous world.
So in my opinion eating onion and garlic is your personal preference. Avoiding onion and garlic completely is very very difficult nowadays though but that’s where your ‘Will Power’ plays a very important role. Either your senses control your mind or your mind control your senses, the choice is yours but eating onion and garlic doesn’t guarantee a good health anyway.
There is a famous Samudramanthan legend from Hindu Mythology which I would like to mention here :
After Samudramanthan when Lord Vishnu as Mohini was distributing nectar among Devtas (Gods), a demon named Rahu came a sat among them.
Vishnu considered him as immortal god and gave the nectar but then the sun and the moon gods revealed him as a demon. Lord Vishnu immediately beheaded him but as nectar already reached his mouth so his face became immortal.
Few drops of nectar fell on the ground while Rahu’s head being slayed by Lord Vishnu and onion and garlic stems arose from those drops .
Since both vegetables are produced from drops of nectar so like nectar they both can cure diseases and destroy microbes. But because that nectar fell from the mouth of a demon so these vegetables are having strong pungent smell and they are impious and also they are never used in Prasadam(the food prepared for God.)
It is said that anyone who eats onion and garlic, his body becomes strong but his wisdom and thinking also contaminated like demons.
The one who eats onion and garlic has vengeful nature and can’t concentrate while praying to God. His mind keep wandering and he finds it very hard to meditate.
Therefore in scriptures onion and garlic have been forbidden to consume.
Read in Hindi : प्याज लहसुन क्यों नही खाना चाहिए ?
प्याज और लहसुन ना खाए जाने के पीछे सबसे प्रसिद्ध पौराणिक कथा यह है कि समुद्रमंथन से निकले अमृत को, मोहिनी रूप धरे विष्णु भगवान जब देवताओं में बांट रहे थे; तभी एक राक्षस भी वहीं आकर बैठ गया। भगवान ने उसे भी देवता समझकर अमृत दे दिया। लेकिन तभी उन्हेँ सूर्य व चंद्रमा ने बताया कि ये राक्षस है। भगवान विष्णु ने तुरंत उसके सिर धड़ से अलग कर दिए। लेकिन राहू के मुख में अमृत पहुंच चुका था इसलिए उसका मुख अमर हो गया। पर भगवान विष्णु द्वारा राहू के सिर काटे जाने पर उनके कटे सिर से अमृत की कुछ बूंदे ज़मीन पर गिर गईं जिनसे प्याज और लहसुन उपजे।
चूंकि यह दोनों सब्ज़िया अमृत की बूंदों से उपजी हैं इसलिए यह रोगों और रोगाणुओं को नष्ट करने में अमृत समान होती हैं पर क्योंकि यह राक्षसों के मुख से होकर गिरी हैं इसलिए इनमें तेज़ गंध है और ये अपवित्र हैं जिन्हें कभी भी भगवान के भोग में इस्तमाल नहीं किया जाता।
कहा जाता है कि जो भी प्याज और लहसुन खाता है उनका शरीर राक्षसों के शरीर की भांति मज़बूत हो जाता है लेकिन साथ ही उनकी बुद्धि और सोच-विचार राक्षसों की तरह दूषित भी हो जाते हैं। जो लहसुन और प्याज खाता है उसका मन (के साथ साथ पूरा शरीर तामसिक स्वभाव का हो जाता है। ध्यान भजन मेँ मन नहीँ लगता। इसलिए प्याज लहसुन खाना शास्त्रोँ मेँ मना किया गया है।