Solar Eclipse 2017: India time, why Hindus avoid eating food
The Solar Eclipse 2017 takes place today. It is one of the biggest astronomical events. The great American solar eclipse will cause a blackout in the entire country after 99 years. The last time it happened was in 1918.
In India, the eclipse is estimated to last between 9.15pm to 2.34 am. As per Hindu mythology the period for which the eclipse lasts is believed to see an increase in harmful agents, bacteria and germs as a result of the absence of Sun rays and light.
Why do people avoid food during an eclipse
In Hindu mythology a solar eclipse is seen as the engulfing of life giving, energy providing Sun by an evil force; it is therefore seen as an omen. The period for which the eclipse lasts is believed to see an increase in harmful agents, bacteria and germs as a result of the absence of Sun rays and light. This is why many avoid eating food during an eclipse.
What Sadguru notes
Certain things happen in the planet where anything that has moved away from its natural condition will deteriorate very fast. This is why there is a distinct change in the way cooked food is before and after the eclipse. What was nourishing food turns into poison. Cooked food will go through the phases of its deterioration much more rapidly in a subtle way than it does on a normal day. When the body is in a confused state, the best thing is to keep it as empty as possible, and as conscious as possible. One of the simplest ways to be conscious is to not eat," notes Shri Sadhguru.
Many experts say that it is best to maintain a satvic diet. This includes soup, juice, fresh fruits and vegetables and salads. This is suggested because it will help you stay light and focus more on meditation.
This event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.