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Is it necessary to avoid onion, garlic for a person who does Meditation?

My roommate is avoiding onions and garlic because he says it actually affects him for his Meditation. Does it really affect people who meditate? Is it necessary for a person to avoid onion, garlic to meditate? Or they just avoid them to control their desires?
Btw eating onion and garlic will have any negative effect on health?


  1. They both do give you gas, but both have positive health effects. If you eat a lot of these two foods, your body (besides just the gas) will have an odor. When trying to go deep into meditation maybe that is a distraction.

  2. Actually, garlic and onion are very good for you. They both cleanse the blood and garlic has many health benefits from boosting the immune system to clearing up infections.
    It is possibe your friend could have an allergy.

  3. This is a really indepth topic, to put it simply, spiritual people eat to survive, not for the enjoyment of their food. This means not adding a lot of spices, garlic or onion.
    In doing so they are meditating and serving God humbly, not living as an enjoyer and it is pleasing to Him.
    Onions and garlic are not bad for you if you want to enjoy your food.

  4. It really depends on what type of meditation your roommate is into. He/she may be following a guru who suggests cutting onion and garlic out of the diet for spiritual reasons that he/she is merely following. Onion and garlic though is not a bad thing to eat. It is just like anything else, if you have too much then it becomes “bad”.

  5. Yes. Garlic and onions are considered stimulants in Ayuravedic medicine. They stimulate the base chakra. They are slight aphrodesiacs so the indians consider them to get your soul out of the cosmos and into your undies, effectively stunting your meditation.
    Only if you are a monk (or a vegan) do you really need to be that extreme.

    • Am a vegan and meditate/pracitice yoga/spirituality is a huge part of my life and have still find no reasonable information on why garlic should be avoided…

  6. The following is directly quoted from Zhuan Falun (Turning the Law Wheel). This most precious book is available online for free: http://www.falundafa.org/eng/books.htm
    Enjoy the opportunity to read this most precious book
    “Some foods actually were dubbed taboo back in the original Buddhism. So taboo foods go back to the original Buddhism, but nowadays people say meat is what’s meant
    by “taboo food.” But the truth is, taboo food back then didn’t mean meat. It was about things like onions, ginger, and garlic. And why did they call those things taboo? Even among monks there aren’t many people who can explain it today, and that’s because a lot of them don’t truly cultivate, and there’s a lot they don’t know. What Shakyamuni taught was called “Precept, Concentration, Wisdom.” “Precept” was about doing away with all ordinary people’s desires. “Concentration” was about cultivators cultivating with utter calm of mind while meditating, and being in total stillness. So anything that interfered with that, or that blocked their cultivating, was considered serious interference. And if somebody ate onions, ginger, or garlic, they’d give off a strong odor. Back then monks meditated in forests or caves in groups of seven or eight people in a circle. If somebody ate those things, it would produce a strong, pungent odor that would affect other people’s meditation and their ability to become still inside, so it would seriously interfere with other people’s practice. That’s why there was that precept. They considered those foods taboo and made them off limits. A lot of beings that are developed from the human body through cultivation get really bothered by such foul odors. Onions, ginger, and garlic can also stimulate a person’s desires, and when you eat a lot of them you can get hooked.
    That’s why they were considered taboo.”

  7. yes… onion and garlic are in the category of passionate food… when you eat ’em, you can get angry very easily and agitated! probably me an your roommate have the same religion too!!! he’s a hare krishna…right?…

  8. I’ve been doing some research on the pineal gland, said to be the “third eye”, responsible for spiritual and psychic experience. I’ve read that onions and garlic contain some chemical that suppresses the function of the pineal gland, but I’m still researching how true this is.

  9. its like this:
    A man having fever shall take medicine that cures fever
    Another man having headache shall take medicine accordingly..
    So it varies as per the body’s anatomy..
    Eating garlic as a medicine must not affect aura, as having a better aura is also connected with having a good health.. however, since garlic and onion contain sulphur which could be one of the causes for a perverted mind, this could be one distraction one might want to avoid for maintaining concentration..

  10. I noticed when i ate 1 cooked onion a night. My mind was very active. I stopped eating for 2 days and noticed less mental activity. So yes in my case, onions affect meditation. Since everyone is different, i would try eating onions for one week and compare to not eating onions for one week while meditating. Take notes during this time. You be the judge!


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