Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


51. Food is called Brahman

अन्नश्रवणात् देहोऽप्यात्मा तद्विशिष्टे स्प्रष्टुम्।५१।
annaśravaṇāt deho'pyātmā tadviśiṣṭe spraṣṭum|51|

The Veda says that even the gross body constituted by food is God in the Human Incarnation. The body can also be called as soul.


The Veda says that food is God. Food indicates the gross body, which can also be called as soul or Atman. Here the context is the Human Incarnation. God charges not only the soul but also the body if required for the devotees wishing to touch God. The entry of God, through a medium into this world is only to satisfy the desire of intensive devotees. The word ‘food’ indicates the gross body, which is also the greatest among the materialized and designed items in creation. Hence, it can be called as Brahman or the greatest in this sense also. Even in the Human Incarnation, the gross body denoted by Brahman (greatest item), looks like any other gross body, since God in it is not grasped.


When electric current enters a wire, the whole wire is pervaded by the current. Likewise, when God charges a human being, even the gross body of that individual is God. When you touch the feet of Jesus you are touching God. You are serving God. When you see Jesus with your eyes, you have seen God. Some devotees want to see, touch, and talk with God. To fulfill the desire of such topmost devotees God comes in human form. Jesus said “I came to fulfill the scriptures”.

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