The following is a multi-part series of writings based on an essay I wrote years ago on the subject of vegetarianism. It’s aim is to explore the reasoning behind adopting a vegetarian diet.
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I think that, during much of my adult Life, my aim was to be a Vegetarian.
Much of this had to do with being influenced by spiritual, religious and cultural aspects from Asia. Much of Buddhism and Hinduism focuses on a vegetarian lifestyle, and Yogic and Eastern Philosophy have emphasized a vegetarian lifestyle as well.
The reasons for being a vegetarian? From Yoga, the concept of Ahimsa, a part of Yama (one of the eight limbs of Yoga) stresses compassion and non-harm to all sentient beings, which includes the animal kingdom.
A double standard among humans is the practice of designating certain animals as pets that are treated to the point of being like humans, whereas, other animals are designated as food, and along with that designation are abused and mistreated, subjected to horrific living conditions, and meet with violent deaths.
Health is another equally important reason for going vegetarian, as it has been documented that a diet that emphasizes animal meats can lead to coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic illnesses plague mankind.
The concept of adopting a vegetarian (and vegan) diet is also in alignment with nurturing a higher consciousness, aimed at achieving more peace and and a sense of compassion in Life. Many Buddhist monks adopt vegetariansim as a means to achieving higher levels of spirituality. It is believed that the violent killing of animals for food translates karmically (the violence and aggression) to the humans who eat the meat of the dead animals.
The original essay opens with the definition of vegetarian, just to make sure we clarify what is meant by being a vegetarian by Webster’s dictionary definition.
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A Treatise on Vegetarianism
vegetarian (veg’e ter’ean) -n. [VEGET(ABLE) + ARIAN]
a person who eats no meat, and sometimes no animal
products (as milk, eggs, etc.); esp., one who advocates
a diet of only vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts as the
proper diet for all people for reasons of health or because
of principles opposing thekilling of animals -adj. 1. of vegetarians or vegetarianism 2. consisting only of vegetables, fruits, etc.
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