Why I Am A Vegetarian Part 2

2009 May 29

There are many reasons why I have chosen to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle.

A vegetarian diet consists of plant-based foods and no flesh from animals. Plant-based foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and grains. Animal flesh are fowl, fish, pork, beef, and any kind of animal meat.

We discussed 1 of those reasons in the earlier post – Why I Am A Vegetarian Part 1 in which we were able to explore the “Animal Cruelty” aspect of a meat eating society that requires mass farms of animals for food.

Today we will talk about more of the spiritual/esoteric aspect of being a vegetarian.

Some of what I am going to post for you will be quoted by some of our great spiritual thinkers and teachers.

First, lets explore the term vegetarian…

The word vegetarian, coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842, comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively,” as in homo vegetus-a mentally and physically vigorous person. The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more than just a diet of vegetables and fruits.

Most vegetarians are people who have understood that to contribute towards a more peaceful society we must first solve the problem of violence in our own hearts. So it’s not surprising that thousands of people from all walks of life have, in their search for truth, become vegetarian.

Vegetarianism is an essential step towards a better society, and people who take the time to consider its advantages, will be in the company of such thinkers as:

Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Clement of Alexandria, Plutarch, King Asoka, Leonardo da Vinci, Montaigne, Akbar, John Milton, Sir Isaac Newton, Emanuel Swedenbourg, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Jean Jacques Rousear, Lamartine, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and Albert Einstein.

For a more current list of other vegetarians, you can reference a recent post I did on Famous Vegetarians here.

This next part was taken from the book – Science of Self-Realization, Chapter 1

“Actually, giving up meat-eating is not a question of Krsna consciousness but of civilized human life. God has given human society so many things to eat–nice fruits, vegetables, grain, and first-class milk.

From milk one can prepare hundreds of nutritious foods, but no one knows the art. Instead, people maintain big slaughterhouses and eat meat. They are not even civilized. When man is uncivilized, he kills poor animals and eats them.

Civilized men know the art of preparing nutritious foods from milk. For instance, on our New Vrndavana farm in West Virginia, we make hundreds of first-class preparations from milk. Whenever visitors come, they are astonished that from milk such nice foods can be prepared.

The blood of the cow is very nutritious, but civilized men utilize it in the form of milk. Milk is nothing but cow’s blood transformed. You can make milk into so many things–yogurt, curd, ghee (clarified butter), and so on–and by combining these milk products with grains, fruits, and vegetables, you can make hundreds of preparations.

This is civilized life–not directly killing an animal and eating its flesh. The innocent cow is simply eating grass given by God and supplying milk, which you can live on. Do you think cutting the cow’s throat and eating its flesh is civilized?”

I got this next part from an article on spiritual vegetarianism

Food is the source of the body’s chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs.

By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, fear, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the flesh of butchered creatures. For these reasons, shakaharis (vegetarians) live in higher consciousness and mansaharis (meat eaters) abide in lower consciousness.

And with that… I will leave you with this last part by Swami Nirmalananda Giri entitled “The mind”

“Bondage and liberation are states of the mind. The mind, as a mass of vibrating energy, is limited by the constitution or condition of that energy.

If the energy is heavy or inert, little can be done with it to produce the state of silence and clarity needed to reflect the truth of spirit. Certain actions darken the mind and make it thick or heavy, vibrating very slowly–sometimes seemingly not at all.

On the other hand, some actions lighten the mind, making it fluid and subtle, vibrating at a very high level. It is this latter condition that is needed for attaining the state of liberation–or rather, the state that liberates the spirit from the illusion of bondage and suffering.

It is really the mind that becomes liberated, but that liberation also affects the essentially ever-free spirit and sets it free from involvement with the mind. And to attain such liberation the mind must be purified and refined, vegetarian diet being one of the best and strongest means for its purification.”

If any of that struck a cord and you are wondering how to start to make the switch to more of a vegetarian diet, let me know… I will gladly help you in any way possible…

To Your Health and Well-Being,

Shawn King

Wellness Coach

1 Comment leave one →
2009 June 1

I love how my body reacts to nice ummmie vegetarian food. It’s the best hug ever.

I love how my heart knows how much I respect my body.

I love the way my mind feels when I make a good healthy vegetarian meal. Confident…its like creating art

I love how my eyes light up when they see the colors of earths food.

I love how my spirit knows how much I care about the temple I live in.

To your good health.

Your body dose its best to love you… do your best to love your body.

Ana

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