The dietary practice of Adidam is supportive to the primary practice of the Yoga of devotion and is not a puritanical or self-suppressive discipline.

Avatar Adi Da has joked about the “lunch righteousness” of some of His devotees, and pointed out what He discovered in His Own Case:

I realized that “exaggerated” involvement in the processes of fasting and “right” diet was itself merely another form of seeking. It was attachment to life as a physical and vital problem. Thus, even “right” dietary discipline, if approached via the point of view of the seeker, or the mind of a “problem”, could become a distraction, and the ground for a goal-centered life. Then the otherwise “right” discipline of diet (and of the body in general) would absorb attention like any other presumed problem, as, for example, the problem of the mind, or the problem of Spiritual consciousness. Therefore, understanding this, I dropped all “Exaggerated” motivations associated with health practice. I abandoned all my attachment to the idea of “perfection” through diet and fasting. I no longer placed any “infinite” importance on food. And I ceased to be motivated by the search for bodily immortality. All such seeking had proven itself to be merely a means for trapping attention in problems and problem-centered motivations, whereas a simple, intelligent regimen relative to fasting, diet, and general health practice allowed physical existence to remain essentially stable, energetic, and, above all, free of enforced attention and problematic motivations.

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