The True Joy of Eating
This is not to take away the pleasure of eating. The true joy of eating is that you are conscious of some other life willing to become a part of you, to merge and mingle with your own life and become you. This is the greatest pleasure that a human being knows, that in some way something that is not him has become willing to become a part of him. This is what you call as love. This is what people call as devotion. This is the ultimate goal of the spiritual process.
Whether it is lust, passion, devotion or ultimate enlightenment, it is all the same, it is just the scale. If it happens between two people we call it passion. If it happens with a larger group we call it love. If it happens much more indiscriminately we call it compassion. If it happens without even a form around you, it is called devotion. If it happens in its ultimate scale, we call it enlightenment.
Food and eating is a demonstration of the oneness of the existence. This beautiful process is happening at your mealtime every day. Something that was a plant, something that was a seed, something that was an animal, or a fish, or a bird, just merging and becoming a human being is a clear demonstration of the oneness of the existence, of the hand of the Creator in everything that is.