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Maybe Veganism is the True Spiritual Diet?




Ahimsa, As Part of Yoga




Veganism feels like a more compassionate, spiritually inclined practice, and I think it goes well (and compliments) Yoga practice, or the practice of Yoga as a spiritual discipline.

When you’re practicing a diet of not eating animals, I feel one becomes more compassionate and sensitive to the animals and their plight of having to be raised for food and slaughtered in the end.

It would seem that meat eaters are more aggressive and temperamental than vegans… I’ve never heard of a vegan mass murderer. Have you? More than 90% at least of vegans are of a more compassionate nature. That is why they have become vegans in the first place, or at least it’s one of the main reasons for becoming a vegan.

But in Yoga, the first limb of Yoga is Yama, and a part of Yama is Ahimsa, which is the practice of compassion and non-violence… saving the animals by not eating them is one of the ethical practices that is very much related to Ahimsa.

But, it seems that the act of becoming a vegan causes one to be more attuned with the spiritual. I’m thinking (based on my years as a meat eater versus my years of being vegetarian and vegan) that Veganism changes one’s thinking to be more compassionate and peaceful. At least that is my personal experience having been both meat eater and vegan. There is a point of reference and one can compare (scientifically) that this is true.

Even the great Yogis like Paramahansa Yogananda spoke of this change when becoming a vegetarian or vegan. Another practice related to diet and spirituality is the act of fasting or abstaining from solid foods. Even Jesus Christ documented fasting in the Holy Scriptures.

Ahimsa

“Ahimsa IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli: avihiṃsā) means ‘not to injure’ and ‘compassion’ and refers to a key virtue in Indian religions. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm. Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings—including all animals—in ancient Indian religions.”Wikipedia


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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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