'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…
How have you gone along with 'mindful eating' as laid out last Freeday? Keep going; it is said that a general guide of time to change a habit is 21 days… then a lifetime to avoid relapse!
Today, the prayer of thanksgiving said over food according to Sanskrit tradition is shared with you. There are actually two verses; but getting one learned will be a good saadhana. The verses used are from Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4; this is verses 24. There is of course a formal chcchandas (metre) for chanting, but worry not. Learn the words and absorb the essence of meaning - that the food is offered to the fire of the belly which is God only, that God Alone is the cause of that fire and that by following the teachings of Vedanta, by living according to those teachings, we Realise our Divinity. Food is the fuel.
ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविर्ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणाहुतम् ।
ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्म कर्म समाधिना ।।
brahmaarpanam brahma haviH-
brahmaagnau brahmanaa hutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam
brahma karma samaadhinaa
The act of offering is God, the oblation is God
By God it is offered into the Fire of God
God is That which is to be attained by him
who performs action pertaining to God