New Day; New Cooks

Aum Everyone, the monastery has been rotating monastics to share the cooking duties and we have been enjoying it quite a lot! Each day a new monk is on the schedule to make lunch, dinner, clean and wash dishes. Today was the turn of the Siddhidata Kulam to manage the monk's lunch and dinner, and boy did they ever. Sannyasin Yoginathaswami has a skill in Asian cooking styles like no other. All relished what he and his team of garden devas prepared.

5 Responses to “New Day; New Cooks”

  1. Lorraine says:

    Oh, what fun! The food looks delicious! 🙂

  2. Pritesh Patel says:

    Out of curiosity, why do the monks here not follow the no onion/garlic rules??

  3. admin says:


    This tradition is often followed because the nature of onion and garlic is rajastic, or fiery and invigorating. In general in a spiritual life one tends towards sattvic food such as fresh fruits and cooling vegetables while avoiding rajastic foods and tamastic (dead, inert) foods. The idea is that what we eat effects our body and our body effects our mind, so we try to avoid foods that over-activate or slow down our body and intellect.

    That said, this order uses some rajastic food in cooking, such as onion and garlic, as in the right amounts it can be helpful in one’s work. And they sure are tasty!

  4. Balu Devado says:

    Wow Yoginathaswamigal…Sadhakaz…Natyam…..medi-cooking!!!!

  5. Amma Paulette says:

    Ah, the bread… a wonderful loaf!

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