Blessings Before And After Meals

627.2Question: What is the meaning of the blessings before and after meals?

Answer: Any absorption of food must be accompanied by blessings, because everything comes from the Creator. Everything descends to a person from top to bottom. Therefore, before eating or drinking, a person should thank the Creator accordingly. Only then can you start your meal.

Comment: Many people bless food before and after meals. This is considered a folk tradition.

My Response: Yes, but in principle, this is giving thanks for the fact that we are sitting at a meal and now we will fulfill our desires, satisfy our hunger. Therefore, we thank the Creator, from whom everything, the sun, water, and everything else, descends, and thanks to which we can fill, revive ourselves, and support life.

Question: If we consider the Creator as nature, what does it mean to thank nature?

Answer: This means that you form the correct attitude to nature in yourself, you consider yourself not the master of everything that is in nature, but only the recipient. It is very important to understand that you are not the master.

Question: What is the difference between the blessings before and after the meal?

Answer: Before the meal, you give thanks for receiving this food. And after for the fact that you are satiated, and now you can live on.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 7/9/21

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