If you commit mistake, by taking less food, that mistake is not bad

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures

That must be, rationalization must be there. But if you commit mistake, by taking less food, that mistake is not bad. (laughter) Don’t be determined to take more.
Be Intelligent Enough to Know How Much You Require to Eat to Keep Your Body Fit
- Prabhupāda 0674


Lecture on BG 6.16-24 -- Los Angeles, February 17, 1969:

Devotee: Prabhupada, are we capable of determining what is enough sleep for ourselves, and what is enough food? We try to experiment, we try to cut down until we… (indistinct) Because many times, we fool ourselves. We say "Yes, I need this much food", or "I need my seven or eight hours sleep", but really, you know, it's just… We’re rationalizing. (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Determination of taking food? No, what is your question, I…?

Devotee: Can we trust our own, our own rationalization? Can we trust our own self to try to determine how much…?

Prabhupāda: Well, that must be, rationalization must be there. But if you commit mistake, by taking less food, that mistake is not bad. (laughter) Don’t be determined to take more. Suppose you have taken some food which is less than what you ought to take, so that mistake is not bad. But rather, if you take more, that mistake is bad. So rationalization, if you think that your rational activities are not proper, than you commit mistake to this side, less. Don’t commit mistake to the other side. Yes.

No, that confidence… Rationalization is always there, but one should be intelligent enough, how much he requires to eat to keep his body fit. That is there in everyone. Generally, there is no mistake. So, any other question? All right, chant. (end)