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. ◦Transcendental Meditation is found very helpful in general.
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 illustrates that fairly well in chapter 26, "... To a Nunnery" in a book he wrote after unpleasant experiences with Self-Realization Fellowship, where he tried to contribute well. The book is called Stripping the Gurus. [See the reference headed by 'Falk' below.]
For those interested in yoga and contemplation (meditation), this is a help:
I have been reading . . . on your web site, and find them to be most provocative and correct. I particularly enjoy how you employ cartoons . . . and other "baits" to get the reader to think............the ultimate Zen koan. [. . .] - TA
Bach, Sheldon. The How-To Book for Students of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. London: Karnak Books, 2011. ⍽▢⍽ Bach writes in the first chapter, "Nowadays there is a smorgasbord of theories available and beginners often are inducted into one or the other almost by chance . . . major psychoanalytic theories have generally been constituted around the personal character structure, culture, and worldview of their originators . . . Choose a theory as you choose a friend," out of compatibility, for theories or "versions are being born and reborn all the time we can, if we remain flexible, be assured of having enough friends to last a lifetime (p. 1-2)." That is one view.
EB: Encyclopaedia Britannica = Britannica Online.
Falk, Geoffrey D. Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment. 2008. Online. ⍽▢⍽ After some SRF experiences in California, the author "takes it out" on many gurus he had not met and is not impressed with. I won't say it is well done, as parts are stained by being over the edge gossipy: Falk used among other things a source of little merit, Ramesh Bjonnes finds in an article in Elephant Journal (27 April 2010), Bjonnes writes after reading the chapter on Ramakrishna and Vivekananda in it - and this is contracted:
So far, I am hardly impressed with the shoddy scholarship and tendency toward sensationalism.
Gambhirananda, Swami, tr. Eight Upanishads. Vols 1 and 2. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1957 and 1958. ⍽▢⍽ Heavy, and 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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