A vegetarian diet is recommended in the ancient Vedic literature as being the most suitable for aspirants of spiritual or devotional life, as it is in line with the principle of Ahimsa or non-violence. By following a diet that minimises the suffering of other living entities, it encourages us to embrace the qualities of compassion and mercy. The Vedas also advise that there is a principle above vegetarianism and this principle is to eat only that which has first been offered in love and devotion to God (Krishna), as by doing so, we are no longer subject to Karma or the reactions of exploiting the environment for the purpose of survival or our own pleasure, and instead are imbued with spiritual energy when we partake in honouring His remnants as spiritual food or Prasadam. Through this process of taking Prasadam we can happily offer wonderful vegetarian foods to Krishna and be satisfied fully knowing that we are nourishing our body and soul.
Here at the Bhakti Yoga Institute we believe that all aspects of our lives can be connected with the spiritual plane—nothing need be seen as separate. Cooking and eating are among the most basic activities that we perform day to day, and even these, with proper perspective, can become a form of meditation. We offer unique vegetarian cooking workshops that show individuals how to transform their cooking (and eating!) experience into just such a form of joyful meditation.
Cooking workshops dates
Sunday 29 January 2017 @ 10 am - 2pm - Party foods (mint flavoured samosas, coriander and coconut chutney & vegetable fritters (pakoras)
Sunday 12 February 2017 @ 10 am - 2pm - Indian Meal 1 (Bengali style cholar Dalh, Fancy rise with mixed vegetables, Matar paneer & chapatti)
Sunday 23 April 2017 @ 10 am - 2pm - Indian meal 2 (Rice and mung dalh stew, coconut chutney & Paratha (flat bread) Sunday 7 May 2017 @ 10 am till 2 pm - Vegan lasagna and vegan cheese
Sunday 21 May 2017 @ 10 am till 2 pm - Vegan Cakes
Sunday 9 July 2017 @ 10.30 am till 2 pm - Indian Meal (Okra and tomato Curry, Gujarati Yogurth Soup, Fancy rice with mixed vegetables, Gulab jamun (Milk Balls in Rose Syrup)
The Bhakti Yoga Institute is an educational, non-profit charity and therefore the workshops /classes will be free of charge. However, donations are welcome and much appreciated. Lunch will be included. Please confirm your place on: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07554446739.