Empty stomach and hunger, are two different things. Hunger means your energy levels are dropping, but empty stomach is a good thing. In the yogic sciences, today modern science also is coming in line with it. But what we know by our experience, you will spend a billion dollars to come there. Because research is all about how many million dollars, that’s how it is.
Empty stomach and hunger, are two different things
Your body and your brain, work at its best only when your stomach is empty. So we always make sure, we eat in such a way, how much ever we eat, our stomach must be always empty within 2-2.5 hours time, maximum. So we go to bed hungry, always. People think they cannot sleep. They can sleep.
And, I’ve seen hundreds and thousands of people who just become healthy and well, simply because they’re not fuelling up all the time, and the tank is spilling.
If you come to our ashram, all the people there, who are physically immensely active, eat 10 O’ clock in the morning, 7 O’ clock in the evening – two meals. How many doctors have been telling me that they will die of malnourishment, this will happen, that will happen, you must do this, you must do that. I eat only one meal a day, most of the days. One big meal I eat, and that’s it. And doctors telling me, “No, no, Sadhguru. The way you’re travelling, this will happen, that will happen. You must eat at least once in four hours. Something you must eat.” I said, “Leave me alone, I’m doing fine.”
Your body and your brain, work at its best only when your stomach is empty
But now, a big university, in America comes up with this called ‘intermittent fasting’. It’s not nonsense, it’s good. But, they re-discovered something that we have known forever. Now, everybody is saying there must be a 16 hour gap, then all your ailments will go away. What the hell were we saying all these thousands of years?