Author: Food Yogi

How I remained celibate for 14 Years and the Solution to a Peaceful World

How I remained celibate for 14 Years and the Solution to a Peaceful World

I’ve given hundreds of public lectures about my humanitarian work over the years in over 60 countries. Usually, I focus on the social impact our volunteers have made, including the enormous amount of meals served by these selfless souls. The statistics never fail to impress but at the Vegfest in Brazil in 2018 I decided to focus on the why rather than the what.

I boldly broached the topic with the somewhat sensational title: A former monk shares an inside secret. Right out of the gate I talked about the fact that during the prime years of my life 19 – 33 I lived the life of a celibate monk, this includes sleeping on the floor without a pillow, taking cool showers; only eating at regulated times of the day, and of course, abstaining from sex and all the typical hedonistic things young men do. How did I succeed? The shocking answer is that I learned how to control the urges of the tongue.

My spiritual teacher often told us, “Spiritual life begins with the tongue.” I later clarified that statement by asserting that

“Evolution of consciousness begins when one masters the tongue.”

According to the yoga tradition, the tongue has two functions: tasting and vibrating, so what you speak and what you eat dramatically impacts your level of awareness.

I go into great detail in my book, FOOD YOGA to prove this point, citing scientific research as well as references from the yogic tradition and of course my personal example speaks volumes. Even if you don’t accept my references, my experience is my experience and I know for a fact that through controlling the tongue it enabled me to be successful in controlling the sex urge and living a peaceful and stress-free life.

But getting back to the why does Food for Life Global only serve plant-based meals cooked with loving intention? It is because when food is prepared with a loving consciousness it has incredible power to transform the consciousness of those that eat it. And in this way, not only is Food for Life Global feeding stomachs, it is directly impacting the mood and awareness of our recipients to bring about a more peaceful and loving world.

The bottom line is, hunger is not a result of a lack of food. Hunger is directly related to the fact that the bulk of humanity has a selfish and divisive consciousness and thus the resources of the world are not equitably shared.

That day that every living thing is honored equally as an integral participant in the play of life, wherein all things are valued for their unique contribution and viewed as essential and not disposable, then and then only can we have peace and prosperity for all and social anomalies like hunger will cease to exist.

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This is the introductory course for food yoga and it includes many hours of video lessons and vegan recipe demonstrations. All students that complete the course will be awarded a printable certificate and a digital badge that they can proudly display on their online resume.

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You and I are Brilliant

You and I are Brilliant

“I used to be conceited once but now I know I’m brilliant” – Rodney Turner

LOL, my dad (Rodney Turner) was a character, always the joker and always the one to say something outrageous, however, sometimes he spoke some gems. In all seriousness, the above statement taken literally is outrageous, pompous and a little cheeky but when we understand our true nature as souls the statement get some legs. You see, all of us from the single cell organism to biologically complex humans are essentially souls having a physical experience and what is the nature of the soul? It is as brilliant as the sun and it “illuminates the entire body by consciousness,” says Krishna in the classic scripture known as the Bhagavad-gita.

My father may not have understood the spiritual significance of his comically-motivated statement during his physical presence here on earth but I’m sure he did when he had to leave his body at death.

Death is our greatest teacher with old-age a close second. Both of which provide clues to our true eternal nature as a soul. As we age, things start to break down or stop working the way they used to. As young men, we are motivated by sex and our body responds accordingly.  But, as we get older, sex is not as motivational as it once was and our aging bodies comply. The same can be said of our voracious appetites as teenagers. I remember well how much food I could easily digest in one sitting, whereas now at age 54 I have to be more mindful of how much my stomach can digest.

Wrinkles, reduced vision, hearing, and memory are all reminders (clues) that this body (temple) we call “home” is on borrowed time and at any time it can be taken away and we will be forced to evacuate and move to another physical shell. Unless of course, we are successful in raising our awareness to such a state that we are fully detached from this material world and purified of the ensnaring desires of lust, greed, and anger. Then, according to the Bhagavad-gita, we can transcend the bond of material nature and move into the higher spiritual frequencies.

The fact is, as souls, we are truly brilliant in all aspect, for just as a spark has the same quality as fire, we as a soul have the same qualities as the Creator, only in smaller quantity. It may take us many thousands of physical bodies to awaken to this truth but eventually, our ultimate success is assured. My dad, in all his quirkiness, was actually onto something and it is one of the fondest memories I have of him. He would often say this after potting a ball on the pool table and his natural confidence rubbed off on me, however, it was not until many years later when I decided to become a monk that his statement revealed its true worth.

Thanks, dad.

PS. In my latest book, SOUL POWER I go into great detail about our true nature as souls. Get your copy here

 

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Food Yoga Level 2 open for enrollment

Food Yoga Level 2 open for enrollment

The Food Yoga Academy is now offering Food Yogi level 2 certification, however, students will have first completed level 1 to be eligible.

The Food Yogi Level 2 Certification will dive deeper into the art and science of food yoga, providing much more information, case studies, and realizations, which will equip students with a thorough understanding of the science.

Students will receive both a PDF certificate they can hang on their wall, as well as a digital badge they can proudly display on their online resume, website and social media pages.

Once students have completed both levels they are then eligible for Food Yoga Master training where they will be invited to spend a week with me in Colombia at Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary and retreat.

I have really enjoyed taking this course. It has been very interesting and has given me a lot of ideas for strategies I wish to incorporate into my daily life. – Gail Hollingsworth

I didn’t expect so much information on energy, physics, sacred geometry… and I absolutely loved it! Eating apples became a very different experience since then. Paul’s interview in the beginning of the course and Mathew Bates’ testimony at the end were incredible, and provided both a great introduction and a great conclusion to the entire course. – Ana

To learn more about the Food Yoga Academy visit www.foodyogaacademy.com

 

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Food Yoga and Jiva Mukti Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Food Yoga and Jiva Mukti Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Go on the retreat of a lifetime. Practice Jivamukti TM Yoga with certified teacher and co-founder of the Buddha B TM Yoga Center Valerie Grange, learn about making compassionate food choices and Food Yoga from Paul Rodney Turner the Food Yogi, and meet all of the amazing animals on Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary in the majestic Andes Mountains of Columbia.

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Paul is a food yogi and Juliana is a healer
Paul is a food yogi and Juliana is a healer

Dates: Arrival/Check-In: Sunday, October 25th, 2015 Departure/Check-Out: Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Price: $995+tax/Person
This one week escape will include:
  • Transportation to and from the Bogota International airport to hotel in Chia.
  • All Accommodations (double occupancy) in Chia, including last night in Bogota before departure.
  • 3 Meals A Day + Snacks (during food workshops & demos).
  • Daily, 2-hour Jivamukti All-level (OPEN) Yoga classes with Valerie Grange.
  • Daily Food Workshops and Food Demos with tastings on ‘How to Become a Food Yogi’ with Paul Rodney Turner.
  • Meeting and Greeting sanctuary founder Juliana Castaneda and sanctuary director Ekala and all of the rescued animals on Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary including dogs, cats, rabbits, Gita the cow, Balaram the bull also known as “gentle giant”, Pola the “freedom-fighting pig” and Perla their new little piglet.
  • Option to Volunteer on the Sanctuary and help the animals.

FoodYoga-Academy200Spaces are limited to only 12 registrations, so Sign-up today!

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Flights Travel Insurance (flight/transportation/luggage/medical)
  • Passport Visas (if required)
  • Pre-Arrival/Departure transportation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips/Gratuities

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Beyonce commits to a Vegan Diet – fan backlash or media hype

Beyonce commits to a Vegan Diet – fan backlash or media hype

Sexy_Beyonce_Bikini_HQ_Wallpapers_Pack_1-15.jpg_Picture_-_29Last night Good Morning America announced that Monday morning Beyoncé was going to make an announcement, and we were going to LOVE IT

Apparently, most fans assumed it would be news of a new album or tour; maybe a big donation to a charity or some other sizzling news like she is pregnant. But none of these things happened, rather she announced to the world that she had totally committed to the vegan diet and it was the reason for her great new figure, glowing skin and fresh new outlook on life. Beyonce is such a fan of the work of her dietician, Marco Borges and how the new diet has impacted her life, that she is partnering with him to start a vegan meal delivery service.

Beyonce explained that she is “not naturally the thinnest woman. I have curves. I am proud of my curves, and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works; actually keeping the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Borges new book, The 22 Day Revolution is based on what psychologists have believed for years, that “it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so if you adopted a healthy habit over the course of 21 days, on the 22nd day you’d be onto the new habit and that is the magic to sustainability,” he explained.

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Apparent Backlash

However, when the news broke some fans were shocked to hear that this was Beyonce’s big news and some complained. But how many really? If you believed the mainstream media you’d think that every fan was up in arms about the announcement but are they?

Considering how powerful are the meat and dairy industry, you’d expect they would not be too happy about one of the world’s most popular people promoting a dairy and meat-free diet. Consider this:

Tyson Foods is the world’s largest poultry and red meat provider. Tyson controls 27% of all meat and poultry sales in the U.S. One out of every four pounds of chicken, beef, and pork consumed in the U.S. is a Tyson product. Smithfield Foods is the world’s largest pork producer. Smithfield is the largest pig farming operation in the U.S. and a major producer abroad. Smithfield controls 26% of the U.S. pork market, raising 14 million pigs at its facilities and killing 27 million of the 60 million that went to slaughter in 2006.

Willmar Poultry Company is the largest turkey producer in the U.S. It produces over 45 million turkey poults (young birds) annually at its two hatcheries in Minnesota. The Willmar hatchery is the largest turkey hatchery in the industry and delivers over 600,000 poults weekly to customers. Cal-Maine Foods is the largest egg producer in the U.S. In fiscal 2009, Cal-Maine sold approximately 778 million dozen shell eggs, representing approximately 18% of domestic shell egg consumption.

Nestle is the world’s leading producer of dairy products. Dean Foods is the leading producer of fluid milk and dairy products in the United States and the second largest dairy company in the world.

Finally, McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef and the second largest purchaser of poultry in the U.S.

Each of these companies, either directly or indirectly, through their subsidiaries, spends hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising through the mainstream media. McDonald’s alone spent nearly 1 billion dollars in ads in 2013 or 2.7 million per day! Tyson Foods, on the other hand, spent $614 million dollars in 2014 and Nestle spent around $800 million in 2014.

You can imagine that any threat to this huge investment in advertising dollars is not going to be welcomed or celebrated by this meat and dairy food companies and since this money is a huge source of income for TV, Newspapers, Radio and Internet companies, they have a vested interest in protecting the brand value of their advertisers. In other words, news about Beyonce going vegan is not helpful so any kind of negative reaction to her dietary decision is going to be favored over any positive response.

I would even go so far as to suggest that some of the haters are fake accounts and those that are apparently upset are the minority, but the mainstream media doesn’t want you to think that. As usual, they want the public to focus on the negative and not the positive.

The Game is Changing

Social media has been a boon to niche markets like veganism. In a survey of U.S. adult consumers by Harris Interactive in March 2014, respondents were asked to rate the importance of the factor ‘vegan’ when buying foods and beverages. Some 7 percent of U.S. adults indicated to consider the attribute ‘vegan’ as a very important driver for their food and beverage purchase decisions. However, there is a significant generational difference. About 27 percent of Millennials in the U.S. considered the label vegan on a product as a very or somewhat important factor for their purchasing decision as opposed to 13% for baby boomers.

Considering Beyonce’s massive influence on Instagram (35.9 million), even beating out Kim Kardashian (35.7) it is no surprise that her move to a vegan diet is a threat to the old guard of meat and dairy.

 

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Paul Rodney Turner speaks at World Vegan Summit 2015

Paul Rodney Turner speaks at World Vegan Summit 2015

WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT 2015
Talk by FFLG director, Paul Rodney Turner

Food for Life Global’s mission is NOT, “feeding the poor” but to UNITE the WORLD THROUGH PURE FOOD. This objective is universal and is based on the principle of spiritual equality as the ultimate solution to poverty and hunger. The inspiration behind Food for Life Global, Srila Prabhupada, told me and other volunteers that we should not discriminate and that our pure food should be liberally distributed. It is this unconditional and liberal sharing of pure food that serves to express (in action) that we love all living beings and that everyone is spiritually equal. Once we establish spiritual equality, we can effectively solve all material problems.

In Turner’s talk at the World Vegan Summit, he explained this concept and gave a summary view of the work Food for Life affiliates are doing all over the world.

 

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Food Yogi Interviewed on Sacred Space TV – Part 1

Food Yogi Interviewed on Sacred Space TV – Part 1

This is part 1 of 4 parts of an interview I gave in Australia at the Melbourne Hare Krishna temple. Forgive the background noises, especially the occasional plane and coughing and kirtan, I did not realize at the time and boy I wish I had. There is one thing I misspoke in part 4. Correction: Male calves from the dairy industry are fed a LOW-iron diet to make them anemic and their flesh light color. However, on the video, I said, “High-iron diet.” oops.

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Trekking through the Himalayas

Trekking through the Himalayas

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On Day 1 we gathered — at an eco hotel,
Excited and hopeful — that all would go well,
Sincere seekers of truth, with hearts filled with love,
We prayed the Gods would bless us from those mighty peaks above.

On Day 2 we felt grounded — as we embraced Mother Earth,
Appreciating her artistry in stone carvings, and the birth…
of a Nation full of climbers, with calf muscles like granite,
you won’t find stronger men by weight on this planet.

On Day 3 we dove deep — into the Mother divine —
Manifest as Water — with qualities feminine,
Such as softness, compassion, quiteness and adaptability,
as well as nurturing, secretiveness and flexibility.

The mighty Trisuli — would express her powers 3+
Her challenging currents — were more than ample for all of us,
While her chilly waters drenched — our lust for soft beds,
The friendly sun shone boldly and warmed our sorry heads.

The Fire energy roared loudly — as we sat by the banks,
enjoying smores and good company — while our egos shrank…
from hardened wood to dark coals — on a black starry night,
we felt invigorated and thankful — for the grace of fire light.

Fire energy is masculine — with the power to destroy,
Manifesting as change, war, and fury — it can melt metals into alloys,
It’s erratic behaviour — is impossible to contain,
and yet, without its heat and light — we could not maintain.

On Day 4, vegan pancakes, adorned our hungry plates,
prepared with love by Juliana — we all could hardly wait,
We then drove to Pokhara — to settle down for the night,
the first day of our trek — was now close within our sights.

On Day 5 we were greeted — with the most glorious sunrise,
set against a mighty backdrop — of glorious mountain highs,
As snowy peaks pierced the skyline, and clouds danced around,
We practiced yoga that morning — our energy unbound.

After a short morning commute — we arrived at Nayapal,
the starting place of our trek — a humble village in Nepal,
It was there we met “Yuddhi” a street dog with a smile,
She would walk with us gladly, for the next few miles.

We trekked up and down — “Nepali flat” we were told,
it wasn’t easy for any of us, but thank God it was not cold,
Today would be easy — compared to tomorrow’s big ascent,
Our porters, led by “Babu” walked with focused intent.

We stayed overnight in a guest house, some 1600 meters high,
Although the air was getting cleaner — we all had sore thighs,
The rooms were very humble and the food simple fare,
but nobody complained — and nor did anyone care.

Our hearts were being enriched — with every step we trod,
lifting our heavy boots — while straining our quads,
On Day 6 we soared higher, up the steps to Ghorepani,
over 4000 to be exact, and boy, it was not funny.

By the end of the day — we were exhausted and very sore,
but elated we had scaled over 1100 meters more.
“This was now getting serious,” our minds cried out in pain,
I admired the determination of Ivas, as he focused on the gain.

While Bob and Cyndi took their time — setting a steady pace,
Juliana shadowed Babu — with a mountain-climber’s face,
Matching his pace all the way, while glaring at his shoes,
The mountain “poker dot jersey” was hers to lose.

Meanwhile, Billy quietly ascended, holding sticks in both hands,
Like the great men before him, he made proud Deutschland,
Just behind him was Santa, snapping photos all the way,
while encouraging her man, Ivars, to the Gods she would pray.

On Day 7 we arose early — to catch the sunrise,
scaling the top of Poonhil — we found clear blue skies.
I did headstands for my album, while we celebrated the new day,
after sun gazing respectfully — to Gayatri we did pray.

To Juliana’s delight — her friend Yuddhi did reappear,
It was some kind of miracle that she’d ascended without fear,
She’d never done this trek before — and was barely 1-year-old,
and yet here she was smiling — wagging her tail so bold.

A great day to honour Fire and Air — combined in one breath,
enriching our lungs and eyes — we pushed away death.
Onwards went our trekking — as we headed for Tadapani,
Some 5-6 hours later it was still very sunny.

The weather kept cooperating — everyday we felt blessed,
Making our trek all the more easier, as we walked in light dress.
Breathing deeply and slowly — absorbing the mountain chi,
Our faces grew younger — as they filled with utter glee.

The quality of Air is feminine — embodying a soft touch,
expansive thoughts, sweet fragrance and detachment as such.
We arrived at the Discovery Hotel, complete with spectacular views,
and bedded down for the night, to start a day anew.

On Day 8 we ventured downward — to a place called Chomarong,
In the evening, we all spontaneously broke out in devotional song.
After a demanding descent to Jhihu — that stressed our knees and calves,
It was time to soak our aching limbs in a refreshing hot bath.

The natural hot springs replenished — our weary sore feet,
As we soaked and wrinkled up — we shared stories in the heat,
While the rapids churned powerfully — creating a pleasant natural song,
rain drops fell softly — it seemed nothing could go wrong.

Returning to our new guest rooms, 30 minutes up the hill,
We witnessed Mother Nature’s power — as hail did fill…
the courtyard beside our rooms — crashing hard on the rooftop,
If it had come earlier today — our trek would have to stop.

But the Gods were blessing us — it was very easy to see,
Our guide and porters kept telling us — how lucky we had been,
Clear views, bright colours — and perfect paths to walk,
The Himalayas were so kind to us – I swear I could hear them talk…

To each and everyone of us — a personal spiritual song,
One we could personally relate too — one that would make us strong,
As we expanded our consciousness – to embrace these new ideas,
We felt invigorated like children — with suction cups for ears.

For today was about Ether — and the intention it contains,
We should direct our thoughts to positive things — and eschew all things mundane,
We must master our mischievous tongues — with pure food and pure talk,
by praising others, giving gratitude and wielding a conscious fork.

On Day 9 we returned to Nayapal — back to where we had begun,
Feeling tired but satisfied — the adventure had been so much fun.
As we drove back to our hotel — Nepalese folk songs played aloud,
As the leader of the group — I could not be more proud.

That evening I led everyone — on a visual meditation,
guiding them to each Element — to pause for appreciation,
How Mother Nature embraces us — with unconditional love,
How God is ever present — and not solely in heaven above.

Each element expresses — in multifarious ways,
Through energy, food, behaviour — and even what we say,
We are personified energy — experiencing material form,
It is imperative we realize — our soul is never born.

For energy is eternal — just changing shape and space,
What we know of each other — should be more than just a face,
Look behind the eyes of others — to see their force inside,
Embrace your soul divinity — with mountainous pride.

(c) 2015 Paul Rodney Turner

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Food Yogi presenting at the World Vegan Summit in LA

Food Yogi presenting at the World Vegan Summit in LA

rawicecreamBALIThe World Vegan Summit is fast becoming the “go to” event in the USA, featuring some of most influential and inspiring vegan activists, chefs, writers, athletes and celebrities, all coming together for one purpose — to raise awareness and educate the public about the health, environmental, and spiritual benefits of a vegan diet.

I have been invited to talk on Food Yoga and demonstrate some raw vegan snacks and will be presenting on Sunday, March 22 at 12-1pm in the Sinder Lounge.

Come and join me, get a signed copy of my book and enjoy some raw vegan chocolate mint ice cream and vegan brownies!

When: Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015

Venue: Marina del Rey Marriott • 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

WorldVeganSummitLOGOSomeone has to save the planet, billions of innocent animals, and humanity from hunger, disease, war, violence, and climate change – and it won’t be the people telling you to eat “humane”, free-range, cage-free, organic, grass-fed “meat”, dairy, fish, and eggs…It WILL be the people attending the Los Angeles area WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO…where speakers, thinkers, movers, and shakers will meet to focus advocacy and activism on creating a compassionate, healthy, environmentally-sustainable VEGAN world, with the abolition of all use of other animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, and (impossibly unattainable) “humane animal products”.  Join us for speakers, presentations, workshops, socials, music, film, food, and fun!

Learn more at worldvegansummit.com

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