Food is more than food for thought, as the Vedas. Soul "food" is what helps growth in spirit (and soul) and nourishes the mind from inside, the Upanishads say.
Maha is Brahman. Om (Aum) is Brahman.
Thus, Sanskrit maha is a word with many meanings. They include strong, great, abundant, mighty, brilliance and more. Let us say, (1) "By abundant, strong brilliance (meaning Brahman-Om) the Vedas exist and flourish. (2) Great abundance of mighty Om (influx) is great food more directly for humans, for by vital food the pranas ("vital life functions") flourish as well.
Advancing in higher yoga, we may see that radiance, brilliance, and learn to tap it as food for spirit and mind and regeneration. Development should follow; it remains to be seen. If we don't see it, despair not; there are yogis to teach methods to us. And if they do not, we may be stuck for quite a while. If we are stuck on lower levels, there is the id-system (libido system) to sort out. That can bring help. Meditation can probably help far more and better, but that depends on how good, effective and safe the methods are. All right practice of ◦Transcendental Meditation has helped many.
Preserving oneself and one's good lot in life is very often a good, multiple aim, and had better not be overlooked and forgotten. Strict ascetism can fail, and if one forgets to develop one's inner sides, one goes amiss in another way.
Now for glimpses of basic Freudian thinking: According to Sigmund Freud, the id, the ego, and the superego interact:
The ego (in the sense of rational sense or judical awareness) should take the needed steps to preserve and bulwark the id and to straighten the superego as needs be.
One could say that the Canadian Geoffrey D. Falk (2009) illustrates it in chapter 26, "... To a Nunnery"
For those interested in yoga and contemplation (meditation), this is a help:
Bach, Sheldon. The How-To Book for Students of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. London: Karnak Books, 2011.
Blass, Rachel B. 2002. The Meaning of the Dream in Psychoanalysis. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Falk, Geoffrey D. Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment. Toronto: Million Monkeys Press, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ In an article in Elephant Journal (27 April 2010), Ramesh Bjonnes is provoked:
"So far, I am hardly impressed with the shoddy scholarship and tendency toward sensationalism [denigrating Vivekananda undeservedly].
Freud, Sigmund. 1920. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Tr. G. Stanley Hall. New York: Horace Liveright.
Gambhirananda, Swami, tr. Eight Upanishads. Vols 1 and 2. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1957 and 1958. ⍽▢⍽ Heavy, with good information.
Katz, Vernon, and Thomas Egenes, trs. The Upanishads: A New Translation. New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2015. ⍽▢⍽ Much recommended.
McWilliams, Nancy. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. London: The Guilford Press, 2004. ⍽▢⍽ Good perspectives from a practitioner's angle. A chapter is on caring for one's own id, ego and superego.
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