By Swami Harshananda
- grain, cereal, rice, food, matter.
- earth and water
Anna as food
Anna or food seems to be a favourite topic dealt with in the scriptures. The Upaniṣads have used the word many times not only in the sense of physical food but also to signify anything that is consumed or enjoyed. It stands for matter in general. In the long process of creation it is the lowest manifestation of the Ātman.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore