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Vegetarian diet and the Bible
Ever since my newsletter on the subject of plants and the vegetable based vegetarian diet, I have received numerous messages from people, many of whom still consume animal flesh, asking me to clarify my position.
I realise of course that many of you have consumed animal products all your lives, and a change to a meat-free vegan or vegetarian diet would accordingly be a considerable commitment, and not one to take without due cause.
As people who have subscribed to my newsletter for some time will know, I do not usually focus exclusively on matters usually regarded as one of ethics. However, the choices we make in our diets go far beyond mere ethics. We all arrive on this planet Earth with the freewill to learn, and thereby evolve through experience, and choice of diet is an integral part of that learning and evolution experience.
However, as this subject is extremely important, and due to the fact I have received so many messages asking me to clarify and even justify my position on the subject of diet, this week I have decided to focus on it exclusively, thereby dealing with all of the issues at once.
There are numerous reasons why human beings should consume a vegan or vegetarian diet consisting exclusively of vegetables, fruits and herbs of all types. I would add that I personally, for the reasons mentioned in a previous newsletter, choose to only consume "harvestable" foods that do not destroy the plant from which they originate.
That said let us now take a close look at the five main factors to consider when deciding whether to commit to a non-meat based or plant food only diet diet.
1. Spiritual: Everything, everyone and every living creature, without exception in the entire Universe in all of its glorious dimensions of life and reality is One; all aspects of the same conscious, intelligent, vibrating Energy, The Source, The First Cause, often simply known as "God".
Due to the extremely narrow perspective humans are normally restricted to while in a physical body through the mediation of the five physical senses, humans perceive everything to be "separate" from everything and everyone else. We hear people speak for example of "that person", or "that tree" or "that animal".
The truth is this is an illusion on grand scale, and illusion caused by the way the five physical senses decode the Energy in which we live and move and have our being.
It would require a lengthy article to discuss this important truth in adequate detail, so I will have to ask you to accept it for now. I would also refer you to my book; Our Ultimate Reality, Life, the Universe and the Destiny of Mankind which describes all of these important truths in great detail:
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In the context of our diet however the reality is this; whatever we do to others, be it to human beings or animals, we do equally to ourselves as aspect so ourselves. Therefore if we kill or cause suffering to another living Being, we equally do so to ourselves and the entire Universe and there is a price to pay in accordance with the immutable Universal Law of Cause and Effect.
We all have freewill and we are all therefore responsible for our own actions, and excuses such as "I have always eaten meat", or "I eat meat because I was taught to by my parents", or "I eat meat because it already exists on supermarket shelves" are not being responsible.
The conditions under which animals have been bred and reared can have a profound effect on the human Energy, Astral and Spiritual bodies.
Animals bred for food very often experience "lives" of extremely negative emotions and therefore energies such as "fear", all of which manifest a powerful vibration in the form of Energy.
Energy manifesting in the form of these powerful negative vibrations such as fear cannot be destroyed, and therefore become associated and will adversely influence all who come into contact with them, for example during the consumption of the animals that have experienced these powerful vibrations of fear and other such emotions on a level that most humans will never have to experience.
As humans we are expected to use our God-given intelligence, freewill and inner-connections to do the right thing or accept the consequences through Cause and Effect.
By now many of you you might be saying "well how do you know that eating animals is not the right thing?". We will address some of those issues next.
2. Biological, Health and Ecological
I have studied the medical, biological and paleoanthropological evidence relating to human diet, and these are just a few of my main findings:
a. Human teeth are designed for grinding and chewing in exactly the same manner as a herbivorous animal.
b. Humans have no teeth that are characteristic of carnivorous animals as used for tearing flesh.
c. The human jaw moves from side to side to facilitate grinding.
d. The human hand has no claws or thumb designed for handling meat. Our hands and fingers are rather designed for harvesting vegetables, fruits, nuts etc..
e. The strength of hydrochloric acid in the human stomach, the acid used to break down food into a digestible form, is only 5% of the strength of hydrochloric acid found in carnivorous animals. This is because vegetation is much easier to "break down" than meat.
f. The alimentary canal, which is the entire digestive canal of a human is many times longer in comparison to body size than the alimentary canal of a carnivore. This is so a meat eating animal can eliminate putrefying meat as as soon as possible, a requirement that does not apply to vegetation. This is one major reason why cancer of the colon is rapidly increasing in human beings, as well as other related digestive tract dis-eases.
g. Humans are unable to deal with excess fat in the same way that carnivorous animals are. This is a major reason why, due to eating meat, humans are increasingly paying the price in the form of obesity, heart dis-eases such as hardening and obstruction of the arteries, and related dis-eases such as diabetes. These are all increasing as parents feed children more and more harmful food. It should also be noted that a child produces most far cells in the body at a young age, and once produced these fat cells will always exist and have the ability to manifest as fat. So once a child has been "fattened" by parents, they will be fighting against obesity and fat related dis-eases all their physical life. An obese child will always become an obese adult.
h. Vegetarian and vegans have considerably more endurance and stamina. It has been medically proven that that, on average, a vegetarian or vegan has 2 to 3 times more endurance during physical exercise than a comparable meat eater, and will recover from that exercise up to 5 times faster than the comparable animal eater.
i. Vegans and some vegetarians depending on diet live on average 5 to 7 years longer than meat eaters.
j. The proteins originating in vegetables, fruits and nuts are in a far more readily available and digestible form than than "meat protein". This is why the worlds largest mammals such as Elephants, Rhinoceros, Giraffe and many others can grow so large.
k. The amino acids required by the human body to physically repair itself, under "instruction" from the Energy body are found in vegetation, fruits, nuts etc..
l. When we consume a vegetarian or vegan diet we also consume an idea balance of other crucial substances such as carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll and numerous others.
n. Meat contains many dangerous or potentially dangerous chemical substances such as: carcinogenic, that is cancer producing growth hormones, DDT, preservatives, tranquilizers, hormones and other drugs fed to animals, arsenic, sodium sulphate and numerous other chemical compound used in livestock farming, all of which are consumed with meat.
So these are just a few of the many biological and health factors relating to the eating of animal flesh and body parts.
There are also many related environmental and health factors relating to the so called "meat industry".
For example, the "run-off" from thousands of "slaughter-houses", and extremely evocative phrase, is a major pollutant of rivers, streams and lakes; thereby causing further suffering, death and destruction.
Rain forests are being levelled at an unsustainable rate to provide land for cattle, and also to grow Soy beans to feed cattle, thus further damaging the environment.
20% of all methane, a major contributor to climate change, is produced by cattle.
3. Biblical: Whatever our position is on religions and their holy books, and readers of my newsletter will know my position very well, there is nevertheless often considerable wisdom be it the "word of God" or not.
In addition, in the case of the christian religion we should differentiate between the "old testament" and "new testament" which have totally different origins.
The old testament documents events many thousands of years ago, but in often highly coded, symbolic and metaphorical terms, which have been totally lost for the most part on the modern church who do not understand it. That said, much of the old testament is not written in such terms and simply makes statements of fact.
I mention and include this here only because many of the messages I receive are form people who endeavour to justify eating animals based on "the word of God" as depicted in the bible. So in the interests of balance, let us now look at what the bible and other holy books and religions have to say about the human diet.
But before doing so, let here are just a few famous, intelligent and highly respected people who were vegetarian and vegan. Note that most if not all of these people understand the "inner realities" and true nature of the Universe:
Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi as well as numerous others.
Genesis 1.29: God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.
Genesis 9.4: But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat.
Leviticus 3.17: It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
Leviticus 17.10: And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
Leviticus 17.12: Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.
Leviticus 17.14: For as to the life of all flesh, its blood is with its life: therefore I said to the children of Israel, "You shall not eat the blood of any kind of flesh; for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off."
1 Samuel 14.32-33: And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood. Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day.
Acts 15.20: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Acts 15.29: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Isaiah 1.5: Saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of the goats. When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear, for your hands are full of blood.
Isaiah 66.3: He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man.
And there are many other such biblical references. In addition we find similar references in many other religions and cultures; for example:
To avoid causing terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat. . . the food of the wise is that which is consumed by the holy men; it does not consist of meat. - Buddha, from the Dhammapada
He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death." - Dhammapada
Because he has pity on every living creature, therefore a man is called 'holy.' - Dhammapada
If one has a strong desire for meat, he may make an animal out of clarified butter, or one of flour, and eat that. But let him never seek to destroy a living being. - Manusmriti 5.37.174
As long as human society continues to allow cows to be regularly killed in slaughterhouses, there cannot be any question of peace and prosperity.
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way in which its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures is kind to himself. - Prophet Mohammed
There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. - Koran, surah 6, verse 38
And so it continues... I could cite countless further examples but the message should be clear. No religion, belief system or any order understanding the true nature of the Universe and all life therein, would ever countenance the harm or slaughter of fellow Beings of any sort, to consume for any form of self-gratification.
I have received messages from people who endeavour to turn eating meat to their advantage by stating that the Universe is perfect, and therefore would not allow the eating of meat if it was imperfect to do so.
Well the fact is the Universe provides us with freewill to learn and evolve, as well as the physical planet Earth upon which to do so; for the time being anyway. There is the perfection.
Using that argument anything could be justified including but not limited to murder, rape, child abuse, terrorism, wars and many other horrors; and yet we know these to be wrong and repulsive.
The Universe operates in one direction only; that of perfection. The ultimate and most sacred objective of everything and everyone is to achieve such a state of perfection, through experience, as to achieve the potential of unity with The Source, The First Cause, God, from Whence we came in the beginning.
Although we enjoy the freewill with which to follow our path and true destiny we are at the same time governed by immutable Universal Laws including Cause and Effect, an aspect of which is "Karma".
If we make the wrong choices we pay the price; every time, no exceptions, and thereby we learn and evolve through experience.
Yes people have the freewill to treat animals, other forms of life and Earth; which is a great Planetary Spirit, a living Being, badly, but in so doing there will be a price to pay, a price which is not a punishment or retribution, because the primary principle in the Universe is Unconditional Love, but rather a learning experience. No human being can progress to the Inner and incomprehensibly more glorious spheres of life until they have learned their lessons in this one. Yes; there is all eternity to learn but why delay? Our destiny is much greater than the physical limitations imposed by this 3 dimensional, material world upon which we live and learn at this time.
Some may use the excuse that they have been taught by their parents to eat meat from an early age, and that others eat meat. This may well be true, people are programmed from birth to eat certain foods, participate in certain religions, wear certain clothes and a many other forms of programming; which is precisely what it is.
However. we all have freedom of choice. Anyone can break free of their programming in order to exercise freewill that true progress can finally be made, rather than always conforming to the expectations of others and thereby going nowhere or often going backwards resulting in many more incarnations on Earth until freedom from the program can be achieved and progress finally made.
Plain and simple; participating, at any level, in the suffering and untimely death of any form of life is fundamentally wrong however you choose to look or endeavour to justify it.
In the case of food the physical senses, notably taste, have a very strong stranglehold, especially when bombarded with all of those commercials on TV, and the assault on the senses of all of those brightly colored, seductively packaged products on supermarket shelves.
People find it easier to take the path of least resistance by giving into their programming, commercials and sense of taste to consume these products while putting the consequences of their actions to the back of their minds.
Progress is all about knowledge, power and the strength to pursue our own true destiny, to break free of programming and to do what we believe is right rather than giving in to commercial pressures the expectations of others and to the seduction of the physical senses, selfishness and ego.
Finally, if anyone needs a graphic account of the plight of animals being bred for food, here is an excellent video called "Meet your Meat":
It is only fair to warn you it is horrific; but the truth often is. I would ask you all to watch this all the way through to get at least some sort of idea of what consumers of meat and dairy products are supporting.
So there it is; I hope that has provided you with at least some additional insight into this most important subject and why a vegetarian or preferably a vegan diet is preferable to eating animals and the milk designed and intended for their offspring.
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