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A human soul is a blend of duty, faith, morals and divinity. The duties that one commits in his life are measured by qualities, otherwise known as Gunas.

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There are three types of Gunas “Saatvik”, “Rajas”, “Taamas”.

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“Saatvik” is the supreme and best quality associated with pure and friendly deeds done for humanity with pleasant thoughts of wellbeing.

The “Saatvik” believe in a simple and spiritual lifestyle, this quality denotes purity, calmness, intelligence and renunciation.  Saatvik consume’s the simplest and easily digestible form of food such as pulses, whole grains, vegetables and fruits with no delectable preparations. They abstain from alcoholic drinks, non-vegetarian foods, strong smelling vegetables such as onion and garlic. They sport simple comfortable attire with no dangling jewelry or ravishing fittings. They are simple minded and religiously inclined, with no malice for those who are with or against them. They do not desire for worldly possessions but rather render services for humanity and mankind selflessly.
“Rajas” are secondary associated with one’s qualities associated with power, vitality and dynamism.

The “Rajas” believe in a lavish and highly sociable lifestyle, of that comprising the luxuries of the world with desire for more splendors. Consume rich and delectable variety of foods and do not abstain from strong smelling veggies too. But rather keep distance from alcohol and non vegetarian stuff. They sport fashionable outfits with flaunting jewelry as they are more worldly inclined. They are rather greedy when it comes to fame and wealth, but not to the extent of hurting mankind for the sake of their desires. They are somewhat spiritual, but prefer socializing with their worldly bonds of humans through parties and fun filled vacations.
“Taamsik” are the lowest kind of qualities associated with deeds involving shrewdness, violence, and self centeredness.

The “Taamas” believe in a shrewd and self centered lifestyle, of that comprising the darkness, ignorance and inertness. Tamsik consumes very strong flavored variety of foods which are heavy to digest. They do not abstain from any kind of alcoholic drinks or non vegetarian foods. They sport a highly materialistic fashion style with the thought of showing off their superiority of status. They are the types that could dive to any extent in order to achieve their goals or materialistic desires as that of even harming a human or any worldly creature. They are not spiritually inclined and believe in the motto of ‘The survival of the fittest’- i.e. The strong may rule and the weak may perish.
As per the ‘Puraans’ and ‘Vedas’; these qualities are judged as per our lifestyle, behavior and the food we consume, which may not necessarily reflect a particular type in today’s world.

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There are many thousands of Chinese restaurants around in the UK and everyone has their favourite dish, but only in China itself do chefs specialise in a range of slightly more unusual delicacies.

A glass of deer penis juice amongst food on a table at the restaurant


Many of the restaurant’s guests are wealthy businessmen

The dish in front of me is grey and shiny.

“Russian dog,” says my waitress Nancy.

“Big dog,” I reply.

“Yes,” she says. “Big dog’s penis…”

We are in a cosy restaurant in a dark street in Beijing but my appetite seems to have gone for a stroll outside.

Nancy has brought out a whole selection of delicacies.

They are draped awkwardly across a huge platter, with a crocodile carved out of a carrot as the centrepiece.

Nestling beside the dog’s penis are its clammy testicles, and beside that a giant salami-shaped object.

“Donkey,” says Nancy. “Good for the skin…”

She guides me round the penis platter.

“Snake. Very potent. They have two penises each.”

I did not know that.

Deer-blood cocktail

“Sheep… horse… ox… seal – excellent for the circulation.”

She points to three dark, shrivelled lumps which look like liquorice allsorts – a special treat apparently – reindeer, from Manchuria.

The Guolizhuang restaurant claims to be China’s only speciality penis emporium, and no, it is not a joke.

The atmosphere is more exotic spa than boozy night-out.

Nancy describes herself as a nutritionist.

“We don’t call them waiters here. And we don’t serve much alcohol,” she says. “Only common people come here to get drunk and laugh.”

But she does offer me a deer-blood and vodka cocktail, which I decide to skip.

Medicinal purposes

The restaurant’s gristly menu was dreamt up by a man called Mr Guo.

Boiled ox penis


The Chinese believe that eating penis can enhance your virility

He is 81 now and retired.

After fleeing China’s civil war back in 1949, he moved to Taiwan, and then to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began to look deeper into traditional Chinese medicine, and experiment on the appendages of man’s best friend.

Apparently, they are low in cholesterol and good, not just for boosting the male sex drive, but for treating all sorts of ailments.

Laughter trickles through the walls of our dining room.

“Government officials,” says Nancy. “Two of them upstairs. They’re having the penis hotpot.”

Most of the restaurant’s guests are either wealthy businessmen or government bureaucrats who, as Nancy puts it, have been brought here by people who want their help.

What better way to secure a contract than over a steaming penis fondue.

Discretion is assured as all the tables are in private rooms.

The glitziest one has gold dishes.

“Some like their food served raw,” says Nancy, “like sushi. But we can cook it anyway you like.”

Rare order

“Not long ago, a particularly rich real estate mogul came in with four friends. All men. Women don’t come here so often, and they shouldn’t eat testicles,” says Nancy solemnly.

The men spent $5,700 (£3,000) on a particularly rare dish, something that needed to be ordered months in advance.

“Tiger penis,” says Nancy.

Bull’s perineum (Photo credit: Stefan Gates)
Bull’s perineum is also a delicacy

The illegal trade in tiger parts is a big problem in China.

Campaigners say the species is being driven towards extinction because of its popularity as a source of traditional medicine.

I mention this, delicately, to Nancy, but she insists that all her tiger supplies come from animals that have died of old age.

“Anyway, we only have one or two orders a year,” she says.

“So what does it taste like?” I ask.

“Oh, the same as all the others,” she says blithely.

And does it have any particular potency? “No. People just like to order tiger to show off how much money they have.”

Welcome to the People’s Republic of China – tigers beware.

Sliced and pickled

“Oh yes,” she adds, “the same group also ate an aborted reindeer foetus.

“That is very good for your skin. And here it is…”

Another “nutritionist” walks in bearing something small and red wrapped in cling film.

My appetite is heading for the airport.

Still, I think, it would be rude not to try something.

I am normally OK about this sort of thing. I have had fried cockroaches and sheep’s eyes, so…

There is a small bowl of sliced and pickled ox penis on the table.

I pick up a piece with my chopsticks and start to chew. It is cold and bland and rubbery.

Nancy gives me a matronly smile.

“This one,” she says, “should be eaten every day.”

Courtesy: BBC NEWS

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5371500.stm


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