Food For Thought - Vegetarianism and Spirituality

When we talk about the relationship between vegetarianism and spirituality, it would be a good idea for us to start by defining the terms. We all know what is meant by vegetarianism, and although there are several varieties of it, there will be no need to discuss them now. A vegetarian is someone who abstains from eating flesh. Some of them allow animal products such as milk, butter, and cheese to be obtained without killing the animal.

Others restrict themselves to certain types of plant foods, such as fruits and nuts. There are those who prefer to eat only raw food, and those who will not accept food that grows underground, such as potatoes, turnips, carrots, etc. We should not get involved with these differences, it is enough to determine that a vegetarian is one who abstains from any food obtained through the killing of animals, including, of course, birds and fish.

 

Food For Thought - Vegetarianism and Spirituality

How do we define spirituality? The development of spirituality allows a person to comprehend the unmanifest laws of nature. Since all the great laws of nature actually work in the invisible world much more than in the visible, the study of spirituality involves taking a broader view of nature than is usually accepted. A spiritual man, then, is one who studies all the laws of nature that he can achieve or about which he can hear, and as a result of his study he is identified with these laws and devotes his life to the service of evolution.

 

How does spirituality feel about vegetarianism? She treats him with great approval, for many reasons. These causes can be divided into two classes: those that are ordinary and physical in nature, and those that are spiritual or unmanifest. There are many arguments for vegetarianism that are physically obvious to anyone who takes the trouble to investigate the subject. For a student of spiritual knowledge, they are even more powerful than for an ordinary person. In addition to these, the student of spirituality knows about other reasons, which are manifestations of those hidden laws that are still so little understood by most of humanity. We must, however, divide our consideration of these causes into two parts, first taking the ordinary and the physical.

 

These common arguments can also be divided into two classes: the first, which includes physical and personal reasons, and the second, which characterizes moral and unselfish reasons.

 

Then, first, let's take the arguments in favor of vegetarianism, which apply only to the person himself and belong to the purely physical plane. For now, we will drop the consideration of the effect on others, which is infinitely more important, and think only of the results for the person himself. It is necessary to do this in order to refute one of the most frequently raised objections against vegetarianism: it is supposed to be a beautiful theory that cannot be practiced, since people believe that they cannot live without devouring dead flesh. I myself am an example of the erroneousness of this opinion, because I have lived without contaminating myself with animal food, without meat, fish or poultry for the last thirty-eight years, and not only survived, but all this time had remarkably good health. I'm not at all unique, I know several thousand others, practicing the same thing. I know people much younger than me who have practiced and are practicing a similar lifestyle. Without contaminating themselves by eating meat, they are definitely freer from disease and happier than those who eat such things. There are undoubtedly many arguments in favor of vegetarianism from a purely selfish point of view; and I will put them forward first, because I know that selfish considerations play a decisive role in most people, although I hope that the moral considerations I will give later will have a stronger influence on them. there are many arguments in favor of vegetarianism from a purely selfish point of view; and I will put them forward first, because I know that selfish considerations play a decisive role in most people, although I hope that the moral considerations I will give later will have a stronger influence on them. there are many arguments in favor of vegetarianism from a purely selfish point of view; and I will put them forward first, because I know that selfish considerations play a decisive role in most people, although I hope that the moral considerations I will give later will have a stronger influence on them.

 

We want the best

I proceed from the premise that in food, as in everything else, we all want the best of what is within our means. We would like to bring our life and, of course, our daily food, as an important part of it, in harmony with our highest aspirations. We gladly accept what we consider best for us. If our knowledge is not enough to appreciate what is the best, we learn to do it with joy and readiness. This case is similar to other areas such as music, art or literature. We were taught from childhood that in developing the best musical taste, we should only choose the best music. If at first we cannot fully appreciate and understand her, then by showing patience, listening attentively and waiting for something of her sweet beauty to rise in our souls, we will come to understand which at first did not awaken any response in our hearts. In order to appreciate the best in art, we should not fill our eyes with sensational crime news streaks or disgusting deformities, which for some reason are called "comic pictures." It is necessary to watch and learn; only then will the mystery of Turner's work begin to unfold to our patient contemplation and Velazquez's immense breadth will enter the limits of our ability to understand. The same is in literature. It is sad experience that much of the best and most beautiful is lost for those whose mental food consists solely of sensational newspapers or cheap novels - a bloated mass of empty material that is thrown to the surface. Like scale on the surface of molten metal, life is romance, TV series. They will not teach the ignorant, they will not strengthen the weak, they will not develop the immature. If we wish to reveal the abilities of our children, we do not leave them hoping for their own uncultivated taste, but we help them train talent in art, music or literature. Of course, then we can seek and find the best in physical food as well as in mental food. In our search, we should not be guided by blind instinct, but to comprehend and consider the subject from the highest point of view. There may be those in the world who have no desire for the best, who want to remain at lower levels and consciously build in themselves that which is rough and leads to degradation, but, of course, there are many who would gladly and willingly take the best. if only he knew which is the best, or their attention would be directed to him. There are men and women who have reached the highest level of morality by stopping feeding the wolves and hyenas of life, but it is still believed that the bodies of slaughtered animals are a necessary part of their diet. But it only takes a little thought to understand that these disgusting things cannot be higher and moral, that, ascending the scale of nature, desiring to liken our bodies to the purest temples of the Master, we must abandon this disgusting custom and take our place among the royal hosts trying for the evolution of humanity. Let's take a closer look at why a vegetarian diet is the purest and best. we must cast aside this abhorrent custom and take our place among the royal hosts striving for the evolution of mankind. Let's take a closer look at why a vegetarian diet is the purest and best. we must cast aside this abhorrent custom and take our place among the royal hosts striving for the evolution of mankind. Let's take a closer look at why a vegetarian diet is the purest and best.

 

Association of Vegetarians "Clean World".

 

 

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