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Overeating - A Poem by Yogi Bhajan


My dear flexible beautiful children,

The future and hope of tomorrow.

You will have values,

You will have technology,

You will have victory over sorrows.

But one thing you have to learn today,

And you have to listen really good!

You have one enemy which is the greatest maya

In the habitat of these tranquil woods—

It is eating more and being overweight.

It is the test of the tongue.

It is death's bait.

Simple mung beans cooked and done well

Are the messengers of health.

And they are really swell.

But all this cheese and heavy food

Makes you ugly and habitually rude.

All those candies and chocolates make you insane.

I am telling you to clean your slate.

Be conscious of what you put on your plate.

You've got to live and you've got to be strong.

Overeating is ugly, so break its bond.

My arteries clogged.

My heart nearly stopped.

But intuition in time made death drop.

I eat my mung beans and my cornbread.

I feel very good and very clear in my head.

Never go over your gluco-weight.

One ounce extra is death's bait.

Listen to me dear ones, and listen to me well,

Simple cornbread and mung beans are swell.

Steamed vegetables and all the fruits,

Good fresh nuts and some good roots.

There are some herbs which can curb,

And nail the message of death

And put it to an end.

Eating less and feeling light will make you bright.

And it's a beautiful trend.

These are the Guru's words I am sharing.

Lying flat on my back, I am very caring.

For the future, for your today and tomorrow:

Eat no junk and don't be a punk,

And you will have no sorrow.

Alap ahar sulap see nindra daya chima tan preet.

Guru Gobind Singh clearly tells us how to eat and how to sleep.

Moderation in habits, my dear ones,

Is what has been decreed.

Light eating, light sleeping,

So in life you can succeed.

Furthermore, loving God's creation,

Give kindness and forgiveness without hesitation.

You are what you eat; it's been said many times.

And you have to be careful what you feed your mind.

Stay cool and content so you can transcend

The squirrel cage of maya and make God your friend.

Control of the mind is easy to do

When your diet consists of what's good for you.

"Eat to live, don't live to eat"

Is ancient wisdom, nothing new.

Lust and anger, ego and greed.

Stubbornness and attachment, unhappiness breed.

To see the essence of your soul and experience God within,

Pull your mind above those five passions,

And let your Consciousness win.

When you're young is the time to begin.

Get a head start,

So when you get to be fifty-seven

You won't have to worry about your heart.

You've got to live and you've got to be strong.

Overeating is ugly, so break its bond.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

From The Game of Love