Some time back, adiyen read that, on some instance, Pillai Lokacharyar refused to accept the rice, quoting something. (I do not remember the exact content). He was considered a reformist, hence, I was bit perplexed to read this. I used to think for quite some time, why tri guna is considered only on food preparator and not on producer.
On observing the following from other thread, I thought of putting up this thread.
Veggies grown by farmer. Farmer gunam dhan namakku varanum.
Rice, wheat, vegetables, fruits, pulses etc., are grown by farmers. Items coming under ahara niyamam are also part of these and are grown by farmers.
SriVaishnavites are expected to eat food prepared by people of sattvic quality / bhagavatas. One can note that farmers worked hard, had his hand in producing these items and also these items are transported by various people to the selling point. Since it has been produced and handled by people with tri gunas at different points, if the food is cooked by sattvic person, how can one say it will be sattvic food.
In the case of fruits, dry fruits, one consumes it without preparation. Can that be considered sattvic food.
SriVaishnavites are taught / expected / understand about sama dharisanam and seeing Brahmam in everything. Hence, these items produced are to be considered Brahmam. Why this concept is not applied to the food preparator (food preparation by any one without considering the gunas) and consider that Brahmam is producing / handles at different points, preparing the food and consuming.