Sunday, June 3, 2007

#36, I ate one-sixteenth of a barphi

Swami Vivekananda wrote in his book "The East and the West- Introduction", (Volume 5 of his Complete Works:

"...It has become too common with us to buy food from the sweets-vendor's shop in the bazaar, and you can judge for yourselves how impure these confections are from the point of view of the Nimitta-dosha; for, being kept exposed, the dirt and dust of the roads as well as dead insects adhere to them, and how stale and polluted they must sometimes be. All this dyspepsia that you notice in every home and the prevalence of diabetes from which the townspeople suffer so much nowadays are due to the taking of impure food from the bazaars; ..."


Swami Vivekananda wrote to Dr. Shashi (Bhushan Ghosh) in his letter dated 29th May 1897 from Almora:

"... I ate one-sixteenth of a barphi (sweetmeat) in Lucknow, and that according to Yogen was what put me out of sorts in Almora! ... "

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