Importance of metalware used for cooking and their benefits and harm

        In the current era vessels made of various kinds of metalware are used for cooking and serving the food. Actually, at spiritual level there are benefits and harms depending on what kind of metal is used to make the vessels. In this article we will understand the same.

        We can divide the vessels we use broadly in two categories

A. Earthenware and utensils made of like copper and brass

        ‘For cooking utensils, clay and metals such as copper and alloys such as brass are the best. They generate a Divine sound that helps purify the environment and the premises.

        Earth is nature’s creation and hence, it has greater amount of Divine constituents. It also imbibes and emits Divine waves. Therefore, Divine waves from the environment are imbibed by earthenware and congregate in it. As a result, the food grains stored or cooked in earthenware get charged with the Divine Principle. Similarly, they also help in sustaining the Divine Principle for a longer period.

        Due to the presence of the Divine constituents in earthenware, they develop protective powers and as a result, the food stored/cooked in them gets protected from the attacks of negative energies. Similarly, brass and copper too contain Divine Principle, and they have a positive effect on food.’

B. Utensils made of stainless steel and aluminium

Utensil made of aluminium

        Steel & aluminium have less of indigenous Divine Principle. Even plastic utensils are manufactured in a similar manner and hence, are less natural and have RajaTama constituents. The ability of these utensils to imbibe Divine Principle and ability to retaliate is less. As a result, negative energies create their seats in them. Thus, food stored in such utensils is more likely to get charged with black energy or there is likelihood of the food developing a covering of black energy around them.

1. Different metals/alloys used for making cooking utensils

A. Copper (RajaSattva-predominant)

A. ‘Use only copper utensils for storing water. Water functions at an all-encompassing level & hence, the SattvaRaja component that spreads from it is transferred to the stored water. Water stored in a copper vessel thus becomes RajaSattva-predominant and as a result, attracts Divine vibrations from the universe within a short time and congregates them within itself.

B. Using such charged water for cooking or drinking awakens Divine components in the body.

C. Drinking this water during meals charges the voids in the body with the Sattva component. This helps in digestion at the spiritual level to the maximum extent, and the body becomes pure in the real sense. These vibrations are activated as a result of praying while eating, and impart the benefit of Chaitanya as expected to the jiva at the spiritual level. Since this process is also responsible for the disintegration of RajaTama-predominant waves in the body, the entire process of food intake becomes a Yadnyakarma (Act of fire sacrifice).

B. Brass (Raja-predominant)

        Brass enhances Raja component and hence, cooking food in brass utensils is beneficial for health. Upon contact with the flow of Raja-predominant waves in brass, the nutrient juice containing voids in the food become active to release the nutrients. This Raja-predominant process is transferred to the body through the medium of food, and makes the voids in the body sensitive to imbibe the subtle-gas in the food. Thus, the process of digestion is simplified and made easy. Therefore, in the earlier times, utensils made of copper or brass were used to more in the kitchen as well as in the implements used in puja.

C. Stainless steel (RajaTama-predominant)

        Stainless steel contains iron as an impurity to some extent and hence, food cooked in these utensils easily transmits RajaTama in the body. Stainless steel is a RajaTama-predominant alloy. Therefore, when such utensils are used for cooking, the body does not get the benefit of nutrients; on the contrary, its resistance-power reduces. As a result, the body becomes a victim of attacks of various diseases from the environment and becomes conducive to interference of negative energies.

D. Utensils of Tama-predominant alloys

        The alloys formed by melting and mixing various metals are Tama-predominant. Therefore, they too enhance the Tama component in the food, and by adversely affecting the health, reduce the life span of the individual.’

2. Reason for the custom of using copper & brass

utensils for meals instead of those made of stainless steel

A. Stainless steel

        ‘Use of steel makes the food RajaTama predominant. Eating such food contaminates the body system,
which then affects the attitude and a flow of incorrect thoughts is generated that completely disturbs the balance of health. Incorrect conduct & thoughts during meals and use of Tama-predominant constituents in the meals, has made mankind in Kaliyug prone to various diseases.

B. Copper and brass

        In the earlier times, copper utensils were used for drinking water, and brass plates or utensils were used for cooking and serving food.

  • Copper : Copper enhances the Sattva component and hence, it is used for an all-encompassing source like water. Awakening of the Panchaprana transfers the sattvikta of food into the body within a short period.
  • Brass : Brass leads in emission of subtle Tej-enhancing sound that has inherent gas. The food charged with this subtle sound is conducive for awakening of the Panchaprana in the body.’

3. Science that leads not towards

modernization but towards destruction !

        ‘The scientists call the ancient method devised by Saints and Sages (who studied Creation) of using
copper or brass utensils for cooking barbaric; however, these scientists, through their inventions of stainless steel utensils have in fact pushed mankind towards destruction and therefore, they themselves are backward. Everyone should understand that greater the attachment to Spirituality, happier human beings will be.’ – H.H. Dr Athavale

Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text Components required for cooking a meal