114. WE SHOULD NOT CONSUME TEA, COFFEE AND OTHER INTOXICANTS

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  • Tea, coffee and all the intoxicants are enemies to sleep. Those who smoke, consume alcoholic drinks and use other narcotic drugs will not get proper sleep. Unless these people stop using these things they will not getting peaceful sleep. They will also not get good health.
  • Because we already know very well that these alcoholic items and narcotic drugs create damage to the body, we do not want to describe them elaborately here. Now we will see how our sleep will be affected even if we drink tea and coffee.
  • The chemicals called serotonin and dopamine need to be secreted in the area of our brain for us to get sleep. We will get sleep only if these chemicals are secreted.
  • Tea contains a poisonous substance called tannin and coffee contains a poisonous substance called caffeine. When these stimulants go inside our body, they directly go to the area of our brain and they control the two glands concerned with our sleeping. Then, the fluids already secreted by these two glands are sent out of our body through the urine.
  • If we drink tea and coffee in this way and postpone our sleep, our health is affected. If we drink one cup of tea or coffee, then the glands concerned with sleep will not secrete in our body for at least five to ten hours. The exact duration depends on the strength of the tea or coffee that we drink.
  • We may slightly feel sleepy by 6.00 PM in the evening. But we may not lie down and sleep. What is the meaning of this drowsy feeling? It means that the glands for sleeping have been secreted in the brain. But, keeping in mind the petty works that we have on hand, we drink one cup of tea or coffee, drive away our sleep and then do that work. Then we eat food at 8.00 PM in the evening, go to bed by 9.00 PM and then keep worrying that we are not getting sleep.
  • If you drink tea or coffee by 6.00 PM in the evening, depending on how strong it is, you will not get sleep for several hours. Without understanding that our sleep has been blocked by the tea or coffee that we drank, we keep worrying that we do not get sleep and in that process we earn many other diseases also.
  • So, if you have the habit of drinking 5 cups of tea in a day, you will definitely have a problem with your sleep. Therefore, those who worry about their sleep should first come out of their habit of tea, coffee and other intoxicants. Then definitely you will get good sleep.
  • Tea and coffee should be consumed only by the people who live in the areas where these plants grow. For example, tea plants grow only in cold areas. If we drink tea and coffee in cold areas, we will not get diseases in the body. This is because in cold areas, the body will not have sufficient heat inside and we will feel sluggish and lazy. We may not feel like doing any work. If we drink tea or coffee at that time, the bitter and astringent taste in them and also the ingredients in them instigate our body and make the body work fast.
  • Thus, there is nothing wrong if tea and coffee are consumed by the people living in the areas where these plants grow. But if we consume them in places where they do not grow, they create disease in the body.
  • In China, people take coffee and tea without milk and in less quantity. They consume it for indigestion. We can also drink, if needed, one fourth glass of tea or coffee without adding milk and without adding white sugar. If we take just two sips it is medicine. But if we take one glass it is poison.
  • Whichever food variety such as vegetables, fruits, etc, grows more in your area, consider them as the food which will improve your health. In some countries rice grows more. In some other countries wheat grows more. What we have to understand is that the people of the countries where rice grows more will be healthy if they eat rice. The people of the countries where wheat grows more will be healthy if they eat wheat.
  • This is because God always thinks of our well-being. He decides which country’s people, which town’s residents should eat which food. So, if you eat more of the food which grows more near your town and is available at low price, your health will be better.
  • But we pay high price to buy and eat apple, plums, etc. which are grown more in cold areas and are brought to other towns with much effort and cost. The people in cold areas cannot eat hard items that are eaten by people in hot areas. If they eat them it will not be digested properly. That is why food items suitable for them grow more there. These items will suit the people who live there but they are not needed for people of other areas. If the people of other areas want, they can eat them just for satisfying their desire, once in a while. But, there is no need to buy them at a high price and eat them.
  • It is amusing to see that wheat grown in Australia is taken to other countries and sold as “Oats” and the wheat grown in the other countries is taken to Australia and it is sold in some other name.
  • God creates food items in each area to suit the people of that area. Watermelon and musk melon fruits grow more only in the hot season. Because people suffer from excessive heat due to the hot sun in the summer, God sends these fruits during summer to cool them down. When you go to the vegetable and fruit shop, if you buy and consume those vegetables and fruits which grow more in that season, then your expenses will be reduced and your body will be healthy.
  • If you do not get sleep immediately after going to bed, then it means that you did not live that day properly. If you live life happily as per your heart’s wish from the time you get up from bed in the morning to the time you go to the bed in the night, then definitely you will get sleep immediately after going to bed.
  • To whatever extent we learn new things on a given day, our sleep will be better to that extent. Thus, by learning some new things daily, we can get better sleep.
  • If you do not get proper sleep, after completing all the works in the night, just before going to sleep, squat on the floor, keep your back upright, join your thumb and index finger together in Chin Mudra and keep both the hands on the thighs, close your eyes, take deep breathe in and slowly send the air by breathing out through the nose to the vibration and sound of “mmm……” by making the sound as slowly as possible without trouble. Once all the air has gone out, again breathe the air in and send it out by uttering the sound “mmm…” again. Then this vibration of “mmm…” go s directly to the head area, particularly the brain area and it gives good blood circulation and pranic energy to all the cells there, helps in streamlining your brain and mind and helps you in getting deep sleep. If you do “mmm…” sound for at least 50times and meditate before going to bed and then sleep, you will get deep sleep.
  • Before we go to the bed in the night, if we keep aside the small and petty matters from our memory, read spiritual books for 15 to 30 minutes and then go to bed, we can get peaceful sleep.
  • If you remember at the time of getting up from the bed the same matters about which you were thinking before going to the bed the previous night, then it means that you did not sleep properly during the night. Only because the matter that you thought about during the night has been going around your mind throughout the night, you are recollecting the same matter after you get up from the bed. Whoever sleeps like this has disease related to sleep. In addition, there is a possibility of hair loss and other mental diseases occurring.
  • How to know whether we slept in a healthy way the previous night? When we get up every day morning, we should be able to know “Who am I? Where am I? What is the date today? What is the day today?” only after thinking for a few seconds. If we have such a deep sleep, our health will be in the best condition.
  • We should meditate at least for one or two minutes by closing our eyes once in every two or three hours every day. That is, we should remain idle. If we do so, to whatever extent our mind and brain have been disarrayed during the previous two or three hours, our mind will streamline them in those two or three minutes. This is the reason why people are advised to meditate at specified times every day in many Ashrams.
  • A Muslim who does Namaaz five times a day will definitely get a very good sleep. Similarly, members of Brahma Kumaris meditate by closing their eyes for a minute once after every one hour. All these people get very good sleep. They will not have any confusion in their mind and brains. They will be very clear in their thoughts.
  • If you need to keep your mind and brains clear, you can go to the nearest Brahma Kumaris centre and streamline your mind and brain by learning a few exercises.

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