Is this really a debate or Humanity ignorant to lift the vale ?
This goes beyond religion, belief and ideology, it is the core of the humanness that forms our Humanity. As compassionate beings we must respect universal laws of nature, laws which form the basis of empathy, kindness, peaceful co-existence and love should unify us in understanding the effect of causation. Our thoughts, actions and experiences form our individuality and with that comes the burden of perceiving, understanding and living up to our duties as conscience beings.
This post, whilst limited, starts to form the rational, ethical, spiritual and karmic argument for why the food we eat has a deeper burden on the impact production, manufacturing and distribution of food has on the environment and both ours and the worlds karmic state.
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 we 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. Due to the horrendous slaughtering techniques of animals in our modern world, one may wish to consider what is really being absorbed when eating meat. The mental cruelty, complex chemicals, the fear, pain and terror experienced by the animal are part of what we consume. Studies have shown that the consumption of meat products increases aggressive behavior. For these reasons, vegetarians have the opportunity to live in higher consciousness.
As a vegan for the past 1 ear and a vegetarian from birth I have witnessed the transformation that happens as a person changes their diet. On a balanced vegetarian diet, not only does the body become cleaner, healthier and stronger, there are also shifts in consciousness, which manifest as a repulsion to the eating of meat. India’s greatest saints have confirmed that one cannot eat meat and live a peaceful, harmonious life. Man’s appetite for meat inflicts devastating harm on the earth itself, stripping its precious forests to make way for pastures.
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|ਓਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਮੰਦੈ ਪੈਰੁ ਨ ਰਖਿਓ ਕਰਿ ਸੁਕ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਧਰਮੁ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥
ਓਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਤੋੜੇ ਬੰਧਨਾ ਅੰਨੁ ਪਾਣੀ ਥੋੜਾ ਖਾਇਆ ॥
onHee mandai pair na rakhi-o kar sukarit Dharam kamaa-i-aa.
onHee dunee-aa torhay banDhnaa ann paanee thorhaa khaa-i-aa.They do not place their feet in sin, but do good deeds and live righteously in Dharma.
They burn away the bonds of the world, and eat a simple diet of grain and water.
Other quotes from Sikh Scriptures SGGS Ji here.
If children are raised as vegetarians, every day they are exposed to non-violence as a principle of peace and compassion. Every day they are being reminded to not kill. If they won’t kill another creature to feed themselves, they will be much less likely to do acts of violence against people.
Key Video articles :
An ethical Argument: The human is Vegan
Mr. Yourofsky was invited to present a rational argument that students could evaluate and react to through a process of question and answer. Mr. Yourofsky did so with his own budget and his arguments should be seen as his solely.
This talk, given at Lonestar College - Cy-Fair on Oct 17th, 2013 features Gary Yourofsky (www.adappt.org) an animal right activist and lecturer. Gary has given over 2,000 talks concerning animal rights in over 170 schools in America.
David Benatar – Vegan Ethics Debate
We don’t usually think of what we eat as a matter of ethics. Stealing, lying, hurting people – these acts are obviously relevant to our moral character.
“Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.” Albert Einstein
“The animals you eat are not those who devour others; you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger after sweet and gentle creatures who harm no one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service”
John Jacques Rousseau
“I have since an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places!” Leonardo da Vinci
Often some prominent Sikhs have stood up and acknowledged that eating meat as a last resort is fine and therefore sanctioned under the religion. A true compassionate disciple and conscience being will never let this argument stand in the way of his/her dharmic duty. As Guru Nanak ji puts it in the below quote :
How to avoid animal products
It can be surprising which products contain animal products in today’s culture of mass production of processed food – as well as avoiding the obvious like meat, cheese and eggs, vegans have to keep an eye on what’s in their food, drink and even carpets and furniture.
You can a good guide created by ethicalconsumer.org product guides to see which companies use animal derived ingredients.
Waheguru – (Wonderful Teacher)