How often have we seen people claiming that God is not with them and always testing them, they add that they were very righteous men and has not done any crime and never inflicted any suffering on anyone. They also add that God is helping those murderers and people who do a lot of corruption.
Let us talk about the corruption part later and stick to the other part of inflicting pain on others and murders. “Mr. X, has done 10 murders and beaten up 20 people but he is a MLA today. Look how God is supporting these inhuman people. I have not done any harm to anyone around and yet God is not giving me anything and testing me”. How many time have you heard of such words from self sympathizers?
They optimistic people of this lot will add “God may test me, but he will not give up on me, and God may give everything to that killer, but will eventually give up on him”. All soothing words to themselves to feel comfortable. Is there any logic behind it? It is mere BullS**t.
How many times have you eaten chicken? How many times have you wanted it to be cooked better with more spices and flavors? Have you not harmed a living being there? In what way humans are superior? How many times have you stood in the queue on a Sunday to buy freshly cut mutton? Yet, claiming yourself to be a saint saying that you have never committed any crime. The person whom you are pointing your fingers at (The powerful and affluent people who commits murder for power) they are treating others like how you treat the cattle and kill them mercilessly.
You don’t give a damn to the weaklings, but you expect the powerful people to be merciful. Wow.
Now some self proclaimed intellects may come out and ask some great questions like
- If you are a vegetarian, then why do you consume milk product? are they not animal products?
- If you are against killing, then why do you eat plants? do they don’t have life?
These two are the most popular questions put forward by the pseudo intelligentsia in India.
The answer to this is, you do no have a right to inflict death. You should not kill any living being, be it animal or a plant. So, you need to make sure your food habits don’t promote killing of living things.
So, the first point is answered here. By consuming milk products you are not killing any animal. (Ideally after milking the cow, the calf is given sufficient milk and other fodder to keep it healthy, so you are not depriving a living being). So, ideally it is not wrong in eating meat, provided you are eating a dead animal (not a killed animal, but a dead animal, agoris eat dead bodies as well).
About the second point, aren’t we killing plants? No, the most consumed vegetarian food is rice, followed by wheat. The paddy or wheat plant dies and becomes brown after that cycle, only then they are cut and the rice is taken from it, so is the case with all cereals. The vegetables and fruits that we take from plants don’t kill the plant, and also it is important to remove them, if not assume the case of any plant which is full of fruits, if you don’t remove them then they all will fall at the same place and will start to sprout, and this is neither healthy for the parent tree or the offspring.
And that exactly is the reason why the plants evolved in such a way that their fruits are edible, so that the animals including men will eat the fruit and throw away the seed in a different place so that the species can proliferate without killing itself. Else a self destruction pattern will creep in.
This exactly is the reason why some saivas ask people not to eat roots and underground plants like potato (an under ground stem) and other underground stems.
The siddhas always are fruitarian rather than vegetarians, it is even followed in western countries, if you read the books of Lynda Goodman (Horoscope books), she has said that the concept of being a vegetarian is fast being replaced by the concept of fruitarian.
So by consuming fruits and other vegetables we are actually helping the plant and not killing them. Though during vedic period, flesh eating was not abolished (neither is consuming of alcohol). But the ancient shaivism and even Jainism are against eating flesh.
I think vegetarianism put forward a remarkable concept, of non violence, so it became great. every thing in this world have life. “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”- Hippocrates. So how can killing an animal be different from killing a man?
As said in a jain text- “All the living beings wish to live and not to die; that is why unattached saints prohibit the killing of living beings. Just as pain is not agreeable to you, it is so with others” Knowing this principle will help mortals to treat others equally with respect and compassion. this attitude of compassion is the growth of one’s mind.. so thats why great Buddha said- “vegetarianism is a step into the stream which leads to nirvana”.
“So long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
We all love animals. Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?” ~ k.d. langA human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. — Leo Tolstoy“In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis”-Isaac Bashevis Singer.“Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. PresidentI think there will come a time, and this is down the road a great many years, when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that have preceded it: the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the future will say, meat-eaters in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism. — Dennis Weaver
The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”- Leonardo da Vinci.
I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
– Henry David ThoreauThou shalt not kill does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.
~Author : Leo TolstoyIf slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. -Paul McCartney
“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?” – Plutarch