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Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered. It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body. What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness and this is the reason for this ritual in a temple. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum ½ kg in one month.

It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered. It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body. What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness and that was the reason for this ritual in a temple. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum ½ kg in one month. It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Follow a healthy diet for a healthy heart

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  1. Diet should be low in sodium and no person should consume more than 6 gm of sodium chloride in a day.
  2. Consumption of trans fats, which is found in hydrogenated oils or vanaspati ghee, should be minimal as they are bad for the heart and reduce the good HDL cholesterol and increase the bad LDL cholesterol.
  3. A person should avoid eating out as much as possible since the food in most restaurants and hotels has high amounts of trans fats and is generally bad for the heart
  4. Refined carbohydrates like white bread, white flour, white rice and refined sweetened cereals and white sugar should be avoided and replaced with options like whole grain flour, healthy green cereals and oat meal.
  5. Any sweet item containing more than 10% sugar should be limited. On an average the sugar content in soft drinks is 10%, Indian sweets contain 30-50% sugar.

Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered. It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body.

What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness and that was the reason for this ritual in a temple. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum half kg in one month. It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered. It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body. What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness and this is the reason for this ritual in a temple. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum ½ kg in one month. It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

Can Prasad cause poisoning?

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Normally, when we attend any spiritual ceremony, we consume Prasad without any fear or taking any precautions as a gift of the God. The devotees feel that Prasad is different from food as after being offered to God or touching the God’s lotus feet, any offered food becomes Prasadam.

In Vedic rituals when we visit a temple the worshipping involves offering flower and sweets and receiving Prasad in turn.

In actual meaning, temple is a place for mental detoxification. When we go to God, we offer our sins, sorrows, guilt etc to God and accept the resultant happiness as a Prasadam.

The contaminated sweet offered to God in all likelihood will remain contaminated and, if consumed, can cause food poisoning. We do see a lot of cases of food poisoning occurring because of Prasadam offered to people from a temple.

Cases of Kuttu flour poisoning are well known in Navratras. There are priests who wash the stone deity with milk and water and offer the same milk and water as Prasadam to people. If pre-washed water and milk were hygienic and safe, there are chances that remain hygienic and safe but if they were contaminated it is unlikely that this contamination will be removed by washing the stone deity.

I personally feel Prasadam mentioned in our ancient era literature means a mental Prasad in the form of inner happiness when you remove your guilt and you end up into a phase of relaxation, satisfaction or inner happiness. That is what I feel Prasadam is. Today, Prasadam made of vanaspati ghee and white sugar, if taken everyday, is going to cause harm in long run.