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This recipe has much sweetness and creamy texture. Squash is a yellow vegetable and rich Vitamin A. It’s a perfect accompaniment to acidic foods. Squash helps with acidic stomachs.

1 butternut squash or 2 acorn squash
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon grounded cinnamon
2 large eating apples, peeled and cut into chunks

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits.
3. Mix the melted butter or margarine with the bread crumbs, spices and apples. Spoon this mixture into the squash halves.
4. Place them in the roasting pan, cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes.
5. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer to brown the tops.
6. Serve hot.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: Food for Body and Mind – Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres 1999.

Conquer Alasya (Laziness) by Asanas, Pranayama (Controlled Breathing) and light Sattvic (Pure) food. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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Being without any distraction and with a calm mind, one should practice Pranayama. Both expiration and inspiration should be stopped. The practitioner should depend solely on Brahman; that is the highest aim of life. The giving out of all external objects, is said to be Rechaka. The taking in of the spiritual knowledge of Sastras, is said to be Puraka, and the keeping to oneself of such knowledge is said to be Kumbhaka. He is an emancipated person who practices his Chitta thus. There is no doubt about it. Through Kumbhaka the mind should always be taken up and through Kumbhaka alone it should be filled up within. It is only through Kumbhaka that Kumbhaka should be firmly mastered. Within it, is ‘Parama Siva’. At first in his Brahmagranthi there is produced soon a hole or passage. Then having pierced Brahmagranthi, he pierces Vishnugranthi, then he pierces Rudragranthi, then the Yogin attains his liberation through the religious ceremonies, performed in various births, through the grace of Gurus and Devatas and through the practice of Yoga.

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