Before Food

It is good to recite these Gita slokas before we have our food.

अहं वैश्र्वानरो भूत्वा प्राणिनां देहमाश्रितः
प्राणापानसमायुक्तः पचाम्यन्नं चतुर्विधम || (Gita 15.14)

aham vaishwAnaro bhootvA prANinAm dehamAshritah
prANapAnasamAyuktah pachAmyannam chaturvidham

அஹம் வைச்வானரோ பூத்வா ப்ராணினாம் தேஹமாச்ரித்த:
ப்ராணாபான ஸமாயுக்த: பசாம்யன்னம் சதுர்விதம்

Based in the body of living beings, I manifest as the digestive Fire, Vaishvanara, and in combination with the vital energies known as Prana and Apana, digest the four kinds of food taken by them.

ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविर्ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणा हुतम्
ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्मकर्मसमाधिना || (Gita 4.24)

brahmArpaNam brahma havirbrahmAgnau brahmaNA hutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahmakarmasamAdhinA

ப்ரம்மார்ப்பணம் ப்ரம்ம ஹவிர் ப்ரம்மாக்னௌ பிரம்மனாஹுதம்
ப்ரம்மைவ தேன கந்தவ்யம் ப்ரம்ம கர்ம ஸமாதினா

The ladle with which the offering is made and the oblations are Brahman, and the sacrificial rite /which is Brahman/ is performed by the sacrificer who is Brahman, in the fire which too is Brahman. He who is thus absorbed in work as Brahman, attains to Brahman alone.


  1. thanks alot for the meanings.appreciated.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words of acknowledgment, Sanjeev ji.

    Hari Aum,

  3. what are the four kinds of food please

  4. Namaskaram Ramesh ji,

    Here is what I found:
    Lord Krishna declares that He is vaisvanara the digestive fire which joins together with the vital breaths of prana or exhalation and apana or inhalation. Together they digest in the stomach the four kinds of food which are foods that are khadva or chewed, soshva or sucked, lehya or licked and peya or drank.


    PS: please scroll down to read the commentaries

    Hari Aum,

  5. sir, i read "" hindu rituals and routines"" in english(slokas before bed,meal,...please help me providing in tamil

    1. Namaskaram,

      If you have the slokas in English, please send them to me. I shall do the Tamil transliteration and send them back with God's Grace.

      Hari Aum!


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