Monday, February 21, 2011

Five Reasons to Be a Vegetarian

In the past fifty years millions of meat-eaters have made the personal decision to stop eating the flesh of
other creatures. There are five major motivations for such a decision.

Ahinsa, the law of non injury, is the Hindu's first duty in fulfillment of his religious obligations to God and
God's creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

All of our actions including our choice of food have karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in
equal measure the suffering caused.

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 live
in higher consciousness and mansaharis abide in lower consciousness.

The HEALTH reason
Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and
imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases
that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer
physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their
immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.

Planet earth is suffering. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rain forests
to create pasture lands for livestock, loss of topsoils and the consequent increase of water impurities and air
pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No single decision that we can
make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision to not eat meat. Many seeking to save the planet for future generations have made
this decision for this reason and this reason alone.

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