Eating is very
Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Bhikkhus and friends, is material food to be considered?
Imagine, two persons, husband & wife, with only few provisions,
through a desert with their only child, their beloved
and dear little son.
However in the middle of the desert, their food runs
out! Then this husband and
wife think: Let us kill our only child,
our loved dear little son, prepare dried flesh,
and thus while eating
this cross the rest of the desert. But, while eating this flesh,
beat their breasts, weeping and lamenting: Where is our own little
Where is our only child? What do you think, Bhikkhus and
friends: Do these two
people eat their food for amusement, or for
pleasure, or to become beautiful?
No, Venerable Sir.
Do they eat this foul food, their only son's flesh only to escape the desert?
Indeed so, Venerable Sir.
Exactly so, Bhikkhus and friends, should one
regard all material food!
Once one has fully understood material food, one has also understood
of greed for all five sense objects.
Once one has fully understood
the greed for
the 5 sense objects,
then there exists no more any mental chain, bound by which
the Noble Disciple could ever return again to this world!
The simile of the Son's Flesh!
More on disabling the
craving, urge, and greed for food:
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.