Chocolate, and the Search for Pleasure

If you’re a card-carrying Kurma blogee, then you might recall that I have reposted this article a few times. I always get letters about the possible clash of interest between chocolate consumption and Bhakti-yoga, so here it is again.

India’s ancient Vedic texts enjoin that all living beings are pleasure-seekers. That is our natural constitution. The actual aphorism of Vedanta Sutra is ‘anandamayo ‘byasat’. The sanskrit word ‘ananda’ means ‘pleasure’.

I’ve never forgotten that one of the active ingredients in chocolate is called Anandamide. This always brings me back to thoughts of Vedanta Sutra.

“…active Anandamide, like other neurotransmitters, is broken down quickly after it’s produced. Piomelli and his team found other chemicals in chocolate which may inhibit the natural breakdown of anadamide. This means that natural anandamide (or introduced anandamide) may stick around longer, making us feel good longer, when we eat chocolate.”


“One of the most pleasant effects of eating chocolate is the “good feeling” that many people experience after indulging. Chocolate contains more than 300 known chemicals. Scientists have been working on isolating specific chemicals and chemical combinations which may explain some of the pleasurable effects of consuming chocolate…”

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