Mantra to chant before eating (Brahmarpanam) | By Swami Purnachaitanya

Mantra to chant before eating (Brahmarpanam) | By Swami Purnachaitanya


In the ancient traditions of India, in the
Sanatana Dharma, there is another beautiful mantra which is often chanted by sadhaks,
and even by other people, before having the food, having one’s meal. It is also there in the Bhagavad Gita. It says: OM BRAHMARPANAM BRAHMA HAVIH BRAHMAGNAU
BRAHMANA HUTAM BRAHMAIVA TENA GANTAVYAM BRAHMA KARMA SAMADHINA. And the meaning is very beautiful. It says: Brahmarpanam, the offerings are all
Brahman, the consciousness, whatever offerings are done. So this food also, it is being offered, offered
to the body, so this is also made of that one consciousness. Brahma Havih, the offering, that which is
offered is also that same Brahman, that same consciousness. Brahmagnau, the fire into which it is offered,
whether it is our digestive fire, or any fire, that is also the same Brahman, the same consciousness. Brahmana Hutam. So that which is offered into the fire, the
fire into which it is offered, the offering itself, that is also the Brahman, the consciousness. Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam, and that which is
obtained by that offering, that which one receives from the offering, through that offering
what one attains is also that same Brahman, that same consciousness. So it reminds us, that even though this duality
is there, beyond that there is one field, one universal consciousness, of which we are
also a part, of which we cannot be separate, and which pervades all of this, out of which
all of this has come up. So the food that I am eating, the act of having
the food is also divine, the body into which the food goes is also divine, the one who
is doing this is divine and the effect of it is also divine. So it allows us to, for a moment, pause and
introspect, to reflect, that yes, not only is this all one consciousness, but on another
level also to respect the food, to respect the body, and to respect the act of eating. If you see, nowadays, many times we are having
our food in a hurry, we don’t really pay attention, we don’t really chew the food,
we don’t really taste the food. You are having food watching TV, we don’t
even realise that the bowl is finished. Then it doesn’t give that satisfaction,
it doesn’t give all the nourishment also, it doesn’t digest as properly, we don’t
get the satisfaction and joy that we would otherwise get out of the food. So it’s a beautiful practice to bring some
more gratitude into our life, it will improve our health, our state of mind, and remind
us that beyond this diverse creation there is a reality, the Truth, that which is non-changing,
which is that universal consciousness. So it’s a beautiful mantra that anybody
can chant: BRAHMARPANAM BRAHMA HAVIH BRAHMAGNAU BRAHMANA HUTAM BRAHMAIVA TENA GANTAVYAM BRAHMA KARMA SAMADHINA.

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30 thoughts on “Mantra to chant before eating (Brahmarpanam) | By Swami Purnachaitanya

  1. Namaskar you are reflecting what I share with people with regards to meals and eating in general. Some are unconscious of the need and benefits of gratefulness and respecting everything as divine. Thankfulness from the innermost

  2. But I also want to know the meaning of OM SAHANA VABATU .. SAHANOU BHUNAKTU.. …….
    Plz make a video on that

  3. Why do you have a ear shattering music at the start and at the end?….What purpose does it seve except shooing away potential listeners?

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