Note: Before I start saying what I'm going to say I'm going to clear up a few things first so there are no more misunderstandings. I chose the username hellhound because I'm big into computer gaming and I used to play a computer game that had hellhounds in it, I thought it sounded like a cool username so that's where the name comes from. My username has nothing to do with my spirituality as a pagan. Pagans do not worship Satan or believe in him, although a lot of people who do not know much about paganism wrongly assume that. Paganism is a word used to descibe ancient Celtic and shamanistic religions, most pagans practice the honoring of the earth. We are not Satan worshippers.
Ok now that we have covered that I will say what I feel I need to say here.
Ignorance means a lack of knowledge and it can also be used to descibe people who refuse knowledge. A lack of knowledge and a lack of seeing other peoples views breeds prejudice. I have noticed a lot of arguing about religion and atheism. Religion is obviously important and is vital to teach morality, wisdom and spiritual awareness however if you don't want to practice a religion that is your discission and you should be respected for your discission. To judge people for their religion, ethnicities or sexual orientation is prejudice and ignorant. Ignorance is the reason why people eat animals, because they do not have enough knowledge to understand what they are doing is wrong or that they can do things differently. The happycow website is to offer vegetarians and vegans the opportunity to discuss all things vegan and vegetarian and to review restaurants, hopefully non-vegetarians will find this site and be educated on vegetarianism so they can adopt a more compassionate lifestyle. Ignorance is the biggest problem in the world and we can only defeat it by educating each other, learning from each other, respecting each others opinions and putting aside differences to work together to achieve the steps towards a more compassionate and peaceful world.
Post Date: 02/21/17, Replies: 7
Vegan Enlightenment is the central theme of vegan spirituality and vegan religion and it is also the fulfillment and crowning obtainment of all spirituality and religion. It is not simply the enlightenment of the vegan revolution concerning ecology, population control and animal compassion but extends into a shift of consciousness that happens through eating only vegan food. Vegan Enlightenment effects what and how a person consumes not limited to food; it effects inter-human relationships, it effects one's aesthetics, it effects philosophy and virtually every other aspect of one’s humanity. Vegan Enlightenment is the only method for overcoming ignorance, anger, and greed. Vegan Enlightenment overcomes all social, political, religious, and economic failures of the past. Vegan Enlightenment is our future unless we choose annihilation. Vegan Enlightenment is the choice for evolving life towards the corrected direction that will ascend humanity to its full potential thus fulfilling its ultimate purpose. Vegan Enlightenment exists within everyone’s heart and is naturally activated when one goes vegan.
Post Date: 02/14/17, Replies: 0
History of Hinduism
Hinduism, with about one billion followers is the world's third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam. However, it is not a religion of the same kind as the other two main religions. Hinduism is a very old religion from India that is still practiced today. It was one of the first religions that had the idea of reincarnation (that people can be born again after death), karma (one event invents another, or that every action has its consequences), and other ideas.
Hinduism is not simple. Hinduism has been described as a tradition having a "complex, organic, multileveled and sometimes internally inconsistent nature". Hinduism does not have a "unified system of belief encoded in a declaration of faith or a creed", but is rather an umbrella term comprising the plurality of religious phenomena of India.
Post Date: 02/13/17, Replies: 1
Atheism is the rejection of ‘Theo’s, or God. The title of ‘Atheist’ implies that one who subscribes to this philosophy is living in constant response, a negative reaction, to Theism. This is not to originate a viewpoint, rather it is to denigrate another viewpoint, rejecting rather than creating.
Atheism does not stop with the rejection of God or Goddess for that matter, but religion, ceremony and their resulting cultures of music and art as well. This rejection and intolerance of Atheists usually stems from their inability to feel complex emotions such as faith and their inability to appreciate the depth of others feelings. To reject Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Super,’ Shubert’s ‘Ave Maria,’ Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,’ Tibetan temple, Thangka and wall paintings, The Taj Mahal, ancient Jewish embroidered tapestries, the kirtans of Annamacharya, the literary works of authors ranging from Aquinas to Trungpa Rinpoche, ancient Greek statues and mosaics, ancient Roman statues etc. all because one finds religion irrelevant, thus exposes a lack of intelligence, sophistication, imagination, and depth. I have heard that an Atheist Chinese Communist delegate went to Russia and was offered a free guided tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum and declined because they said they have already seen a museum.
Atheism reduces one to the role of worker and consumer only. Atheist communism refers to the human population as ‘proletariat,’ showing that there is no larger scope for the human spirit in the confines of Atheism. Gone are complex emotions like faith, belief, hope, grace, and transcendence. What these edifying depth experiences are replaced with in Atheist culture is work, consumerism, ethnicity, technology, and nationalism. What is missing is feeling, depth, insight, passion, and wisdom.
In the vegan community, I have found many Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, followers of Confucianism, Christians, Jews, Taoists, and other coreligionists but also there are a fair number of Vegan Atheists. The Atheists are the most intolerant group I encounter, readily stomping on other people’s beliefs, ridiculing other people’s cultures, and behaving like intellectual SS Storm Troopers who annihilate anything they do not understand. Unfortunately, this is taught in our universities and colleges as the only rational method of thinking; an intolerant and irrational viewpoint.
As a vegan, Jain, Hindu Buddhist, I view Atheism as but one more school of thought that can lead one to full and complete God realization. Some people need an empty cup before they can fill it. What I do not tolerate is the desecrating behavior of Atheists as they limit the scope of discourse to fit into their limited range of intellectual myopia. The worst are the Vegan Atheist Feminists who want the entire world handed over to them because they have agreed to this as a perfect model of power sharing.
Anyone who becomes vegan eventually connects with compassion towards animals and the environment which vegan lifestyles support. To make this compassion connection is to see beyond one’s self and find concern about the world beyond one’s ego. Atheism counters such compassion unless it is understood as a psychological, biological function that is vestige and must be minimized for national, scientific, or economic benefit. Atheists, in general, do not feel the suffering of others, do not find spiritual solace and do not express compassion. Instead, they are a cog in the state machinery seeking economic advantage. This means that Atheists are the first to undermine their own vegan purity by choosing economic pathways that reveal their lack of connectivity and feeling. These are the Atheist vegans who sell leather or animal products because they only are vegan for dietary reasons. A vegan Atheist lifestyle that rejects its own historic religious roots can easily abandon vegan social, cultural, and ecological values as well.
The reason for this abandonment of values is that Atheism offers no method for improving one’s consciousness other than psychology or psychiatry. Religion teaches morality, integrity, truth, love, and compassion. Atheists in general are swimming in a selfish soup of anger, greed, and ignorance with no way out, no life preserver, no ladder, no method of taming their own unleashed desires and no method of disciplining their actions. This is why under Atheism, purges and genocide increased such as with Stalin and Mao. As vegans, we need to not only convey a correct diet, but a correct way of thinking and being. We cannot convey this without practicing what diverse religions teach to find our goodness, our faith, our beliefs, and true love.
Post Date: 02/13/17, Replies: 11
Religion is responsible for the hierarchical thinking that puts men above women, humans over the other animals, kings over slaves and one religion over another. Is it a coincidence that the appearance of organized religion parallels the evolution of organized warfare?
As a freethinker, I would never deny any "believer" their right to believe and to speak openly about it. It's religious folks who want to deny atheists, agnostics and deists an equal voice when discussing contemporary moral issues.
People of all faiths have been praying for an end to war for ten millennia, when will their gods respond?
Why do many believers fear freethinking so vehemently? What is their fear? Thinking? Asking questions? Logic?
How many would dare open the cover of a book penned by an agnostic?
"The happiest people I know have been those who gave no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others."
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages."
-Ruth Hermence Green
Being obsessed with the afterlife and whether one will live in some version of a heaven or hell is more than just a waste of time. It means doing "good work" out of fear. I 've been trying to do "good work" for half a century...my motivation is to reduce suffering because I have empathy with those who suffer, not because of fear of some god's wrath.
I've had the pleasure of working alongside "believers" and freethinkers in the effort to achieve equal rights for women and minorities, The Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Jews had no problem standing next to me. Historically, freethinkers have been among leaders in the fights for justice and peace, including the animal rights and vegan movements.
Post Date: 02/11/17, Replies: 6
"Belief" vs. Free Thinking
"Belief" and "faith" in supernatural beings is not very compatible with free thinking. Religion teaches us not to think but to just have "faith".
Just like politicians and hustlers. Religion makes us obedient puppets to those in power (corporations or churches).
I'm anti-war, anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-speciesism. All this without a "god"!
Post Date: 02/11/17, Replies: 25
Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism?
The core difference between Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism? If any person wants to convert from Hindu to Jain community what should he/she do?
Post Date: 02/10/17, Replies: 6
Vegan Flower Power
Strong, beautiful, fragile, proportionate, symmetrical, sweet, fragrant, attractive, healing, liberating, intoxicating, and moving are only a few of the ways flowers affect us all. In ancient Woolly Tooth Mammoth days, cave dwellers buried their dead in the embryo position facing East in a grave filled with wild flowers. Flowers are given to loved ones to enhance the heart, they summon the bees and are given to the seriously ill.
In the 1960’s with the Hippy movement, the most popular poster in every flat was of a woman putting a flower in the barrel of a national guard’s rifle barrel with the caption “Flower Power” written underneath. This juxtaposition of a gentle flower somehow replacing military arms is not new, for over three thousand years Kammadeva, a Hindu god who also bears the name Mara, shoots arrows that upon release become flowers as experienced by the Buddha. Buddhist culture then brings the notion to the forefront in the most beautiful literature ever written called the Avatamsaka Sutra, translated by Thomas Cleary as “The Flower Ornament Scripture,” but by other translators as the “Flower Adornment Sutra.”
The sacred lotus is a multi-volume flower story of its own. The ancient Egyptians revered this plant as well as its cousin the blue lotus which is actually a blue water lily. Hindu, Buddhist, and Jains have made the lotus their religious symbol for millennium. The lotus is used in food production and medicine with virtually every part used and thus collected in differing seasons for potency.
The rose is sacred to Christians, Hindus and others, the cannabis flower is sacred to Californians and Coloradans, and the aster flower which is the proper name for daisy is named after the same Latin word for star. One receives a flower ley when arriving to Hawaii or any South Pacific Island. In India, the Guru wears a flower garland called a Var Mala and these same types of garlands are then exchanged by the bride and groom in the Hindu wedding ceremony. Sacred statues all over the world are strewn with flower petals as is the pathway of brides and royalty. Flowers are also in some cases edible and in other cases tea worthy. Flowers feed us, heal us, perfume us, anoint us, moisturize us, adorn us and surround us if we are blessed.
Flowers are non-denominational, non-discriminating and utterly vegan.
Which flower do you think should symbolize the Vegan Movement?
Post Date: 02/08/17, Replies: 1
Vegan Kali Yuga
According to Hindu and Buddhist understanding of time, we are in the Age of Kali Yuga. The Ages operate in a circle. It all begins with God, then it devolves into the presence of God, then devotion to God, then the Absence of God before rounding the corner and slowly returning to God through the same progression of Ages in reverse order. Kali Yuga, the Age we are in, is the furthest from God.
In this fallen state of consciousness of Kali Yuga, it is as if everyone is sleeping. We need to awaken to the presence of God, to enlightenment, to liberate ourselves and others, to accept the responsibility of our Karma and to purify ourselves. In Kali Yuga, it is as if God is sleeping and cannot reach us because he is busy dreaming. During this Age, materialism abounds and spiritualism declines. Atheism and scientific logic replacing faith and correct conduct are signs of this Yuga as everyone seeks money and not spiritual advancement. Cows and animals are treated badly during this age through factory farming and people turn the tortured and murdered remains of the sacred cow into fun food replete with clowns, toys, bright color logos and theme songs for monetary gain.
Religion in Kali Yuga also goes into decline as do political structures, economics, nationalism, reasons for war, education, and food quality. What increases is technology for war, prisons, terrorism, corruption, and pollution. Religions in Kali Yuga typically kill God, eat God, demand God kills for human, finds God among prostitutes, imprisons God and enslaves for God. This does not mean that religion cannot somehow set things right in the hearts of men, it just means there are strange twists along the path.
Politics no longer is an arena where noble people lead the population to greater awareness and spiritual greatness in Kali Yuga. Instead, the political leaders are murdering megalomaniacs and narcissists that only seek personal profit and gain from their position of power and do not care about the suffering of the people. Elections are stolen, demagogues rise, bad examples for the youth are set and brainwashing begins. In Kali Yuga people are ‘disappeared’ and mass graves are kept a secret until later.
In terms of food, all plant life is genetically altered so that it no longer is pure, rather it has animal genomes artificially injected into it. This ruins any chance of a purely vegan existence. People eat junk food made from chemicals for its main ingredients. People regularly die from the food they eat through heart disease, diabetes and even malnutrition. Food is no longer Prasadam, an offering to God, and instead of being prepared by loving hands, it is produced by machines and resentful people who curse it rather than bless it.
Our only hope is to practice vegan lifestyles infused with vegan spiritual and vegan religious practices. Even though this is an uphill toil filled with failures in Kali Yuga, we must persist. Through vegan religious practices and a vegan lifestyle one may purify enough to at least see the problem clearly and perhaps help to resolve this Cosmic dilemma. It may seem strange to others singing Sai Baba songs on a fruitarian diet or chanting Om Vegan Buddha after a tofu rice bowl or meditating in a Hatha Yoga position before drinking juice and fasting from solid foods, or preferring to eat only bread and water to reach the vegetarian truth about Jesus, but this is how we must struggle as a people to find our truth and our virtue in this Age of Kali Yuga. If enough of us become vegan, we can turn the materialism and scientific rationalism in our favor and transform Kali Yuga into Vegan Kali Yuga. We can do this because the A.M.A. does find the vegan diet as the best diet for health, and because all the religions agree the vegan diet is good for spiritual development and cultivating compassion, and because it is the best way to stop the food and water crisis we face. Through renunciation we can develop a world economy of only plant and mineral products. We can build shelters, practice medicine, build transportation, clothe, and feed the world this way through vegan means and return to a ‘sane and reverent planet’ a phrase coined by Caroline Casey, a famous astrologer of Kali Yuga.
Post Date: 01/31/17, Replies: 0
Lao Tzu wrote a brilliant piece of what may be one of our planet’s finest literary works. It has been translated into many languages but it is best understood in Chinese languages. Chinese characters are amalgamated pictographs that are composed of many smaller sub characters. With Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” the wording is such that the sub-characters of Chinese make as much sense as the larger full linguistic characters and this creates an apparent three-dimensional matrix holograph of concepts that are all true to the message he wrote. It is a brilliant piece of literature with a brilliant message but the way that the sub characters and full characters both speak through this literary work makes it almost miraculously magical.
The word Tao has been misunderstood for centuries. It has been translated at water flowing, method, means, path, way, and course. None of these translations speak to its omnipresent, omnipotent, beguiling presence. The Chinese Bible incorrectly uses the word Tao in the book of Genesis to explain how Tao created all of life. Tao does not create. Tao is revealed and its nature is sublime but it does not create, rather it explains and mitigates. Even these words do no justice for it is as complex of a concept as emptiness or dharma. It is ever present as all phenomenon and yet it is inscrutable, subtle, and pervasive.
Vegan realism is likewise a Tao that is also beatific and concerning. The normal diet that is healthy for all people, good for water resourcing, good for the environment, and necessary to provide enlightening consciousness is the vegan diet. So why do people resist going vegan? The Tao is frustratingly simple and yet it is impervious. Opposite views are entangling time while the environment is getting spent, water is running out and still people sustain minds of poisonous carnivores. Instead of agricultural values of patience learned from raising crops, prayerfulness hoping for rain, meditation in connecting with plant growth, reincarnation concepts like the death and rebirth of plants from winter to spring, cooperation gained from harvesting and planting with your neighbor’s help and continuous cultivation of morality, humans hunt for themselves and kill the rest. We have descended into an animal consciousness of the predator by eating meat and yet vegetables and plants are everywhere growing and watching us.
Lao Tzu wrote, “That which describes the Tao is not the Tao.” So, let us all be vegan and remove all obstructions to the natural flow and order of life. The sun rises and sets, the rain comes followed by sunlight, the four seasons pass and the circle of life continues in a precision of procession that knows proportion, order, and nurturance. We do not want the beautiful Dharma of life, Tao, to be imbalanced because we ate the wrong things and destroyed the delicate balance that grows life on Earth.
Post Date: 01/30/17, Replies: 0
How To Love
The Buddha explained that the people we truly love are not the source of our life’s joy as one may think. I was listening to a YouTube lecture by a very special Buddhist Monk named Ajahan Amaro, and he explained that in the Suttas, the Buddhist Scriptures, the Buddha had stated that suffering, indeed suffering comes from the relationships we hold dearest to our hearts. Love creates suffering.
I had to really think about this for a few days. Many things I realized during this time, but one thought seemed important to share with the world and it has brought me to this moment in time. We are not ready for love on Earth because we do not know how to suffer. We also do not know how to fight correctly, which is the outward expression of our suffering, and thus we do not know how to love. No one teaches us how to love. This explains why there are so many failed relationships.
The Buddha taught that all life is a suffering process and his mission was to teach how to end suffering, yet, he did not teach us how to endure it. Jesus suffered on the cross so deeply that his heart could have cried out and ripped the very fabric of reality, shredding it into a billion pieces like a shattered cosmic mosaic falling all around us, toppling into the endlessness of a bottomless illusion in the great holograph of creation. Instead both Buddha and Jesus suffered silently. The same is true for almost every great religious leader, saint, guru and good person that has ever walked this planet. But is this the correct way to suffer?
If to love is to suffer, then we must unlock the mystery of how one should suffer if we will ever learn how to love. Our suffering is not our pain although it is painful. Suffering is anguish that is deepening and personal and it is a powerful source of growth. Our suffering exists, in accordance with Buddhist teachings, because we cling, holding and clutching, and refusing to release to the universal dance. When we love, we hold on dearly and this is the central mistake. We undermine the freedom of others, we tell them what to do, we conflict with what is and try to amend the natural flow that pulsates life through our minds and bodies. We hold on to what we want and we do not suffer silently, so we inflict our suffering on others to show them who wins at this suffering game. This then leads to fights.
To best understand suffering, we need look no further than our daily meals. If there is a piece of animal on your plate, then an innocent, blameless being who had feelings, family, home and touched the divinity of life with its breath has been ruthlessly isolated, alienated, beaten, tortured and killed. If you suffer, perhaps it in part due to this very suffering inflicted upon the animals one has eaten. The spiritual and emotional pain of being degraded to the stature of food, to be wanted for flesh and ignored for love is the very cruelest fate.
To reduce the magnitude of fighting, in marriages and war, we must own our suffering and when it is over abandon it. Not just for the Karmic content and resolution of past deeds, but we must do this for the existential dilemma that cannot be unraveled. We must acknowledge the source of our suffering and find its end and the path to its end, but first we must suffer maturely, willingly, lovingly and for the benefit of our own growth and for the freeing of all sentient beings that they do not need to suffer as we do.
We should learn and train ourselves to fight peacefully and with honor and non violently until our suffering ceases and the source for the fight is revealed. This involves training and discipline. We must also purify our Karma and go vegan so that negative pathways do not delude our progression towards the wisdom and grace that ends suffering. We need to teach young married couples that the love they share for their spouses and children suffers deeply in their hearts silently until they release from owning this experience of love and life.
Post Date: 01/29/17, Replies: 0
A very long list of folks including Mary Wollenstonecraft, Frances Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Voltairine de Cleyre, Barbara Ehrenreich, David Eller, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Hermence Green, Stephtn Jay Gould, Anne Nicole Gaylor, Tom Paine, John Adams, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Robert Ingersol, Charles Darwin, Nicolas Copernicus, Carl Sagan, John Stuart Mill, Ashley Montagu, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Clarence Darrow. Katherine Hepburn, Thomas Jefferson, Charlie Chaplin, Jonathan Balcombe and J. M. Masson, though generally religious in their early years, all described themselves later in life as atheists, agnostics, deists or freethinkers.
They had little problem working alongside those choosing religious beliefs, - they didn't hate religion, they disliked the misdeeds and legacy of religion in general. Their "non-belief" didn't stop the from fighting for rights, including those of women, minorities, the environment. Many worked for the benefit of non-humans as well, even to the point of
being vegetarians or vegans.
These people were disparaged in their day, many even suffering physical attacks and imprisonment. What they professed was that they did not personally need any gods or goddesses to belief in freedom of speech, assembly, etc. Without these freethinkers we would not have accomplished what we have in the past in the arenas of peace and justice.
I put many years (starting around the end of WW II) into religious study and evolved into a "freethinker". I've worked with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and others. All I've ever asked from the religious is that they respect my right to free speech and perhaps consider my speaking and writing with an open mind. My philosophy is basically one of cooperation and unity, rather than "us and them" divisiveness.
Post Date: 01/27/17, Replies: 3
World religions are so diverse that there must be some method to delineate their myriad of practices. There is one method I have found that assists in finding which religions offer truly positivistic spiritual cultivation and which ones are barbaric. Although there is no vegan world religion established as a corporate entity yet, there are individuals as myself who do adhere to the correctly intended practice of religions that are positivistic by finding vegan pathways of practice.
There are three Abrahamic traditions, for example. Genesis 1:29 is the only edict directly promulgated by God to all of creation found in both the Torah and the Bible. In this scriptural tract, God claims that only a vegan diet is acceptable for all humans and only an herbivorous diet is acceptable for animals. This means that one must be a practicing vegan to be in the full presence of God. This edict was made before the fall of man, and so it is done in the purity of God’s true presence. All the words of Prophets, Kings, Judges, Messiahs, Disciples, and others do not compare to this one commandment that emanates directly from God.
By contrast, this passage does not exist in the Talmud. Temples that call themselves Jewish but do not honor the Torah and have replaced the Torah with the Talmud do not honor this singular commandment.
Also from what I have read, it seems Islam, as thought by some Shiite practitioners, apparently was to originally have been passed on to Ali ibn Abi Talib who was a vegetarian because of the original vegetarian intent of this religion. However, not unlike Talmudic Judaism, Islam was hijacked by jealous individuals who destroyed all vegetarian passages, changed the intended lineage, and changing the Majid Koran, the unchangeable Koran to exclude any references to vegetarian practices. I was born in a different culture over one thousand years after these religions splintered. I do not know what really happened and can only report what I have learned from diverse sources. I do not seek to slander Sunni Islam nor Judaism and I cannot speak to the truth of these remarks I have found through research, but they were written by Jews and Shiite practitioners of Islam. I am sure there are people who can argue both sides.
The fact remains that many Jews want to return to animal sacrificing with the building of their third Temple, and at the Haj sacrifices over 1,000,000 animals every year, some of which have been displayed on YouTube. These are obviously not vegan practices.
Christianity in all its diverse forms does not seem to comply with this one commandment ushered directly by the Creator except by some of the Seventh Day Adventists. It amazes me that only one Church of the hundreds of splinter Christian groups and organizations is willing to acknowledge God’s direct commandment as an institution. In my opinion, a vegan Torah honoring Jew and a vegan Seventh Day Adventist are practicing religions that I do not practice, but by being vegan I view them as civilized.
Likewise, Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist and Confuscianist practices have honored vegetarianism for centuries and in some cases more than a millennium. These religions also honor vegan practices and are slowly making progress towards turning their cultures vegan. They agree that veganism is correct, they often have scriptures, recipes, or other cultural support that indicates the vegan path to be acceptable and when they accept the true nature of their Scriptures they will go vegan. Because of this trend these are civilized religions.
Killing animals is not a God experience. Eating animal or human flesh is not sacred, it is fallen. Religions that accept the vegan imperative also seem to accommodate diversity and equality better and are more humanistic in general. Vegan religion is the only civilized way to practice.
Post Date: 01/27/17, Replies: 0
Vegan Kevala Jnana
In the Jain way of being and transcendence there is a deep understanding concerning the nature of the Atman, a term that roughly translates as soul. If a person commits wrongful acts, these acts become magnetic to Karma both spiritually and physically with negative Karmic photon like particles aggregating at the Atman. This ultimately darkens the consciousness of the wrong doer, limiting the free range of the wrong doer’s mind, haunting their heart, and reflects as conflict with one’s community. When one does good acts that are beneficent for one’s self, one’s family, one’s society and the world then greater light from good Karma transmits positive photonic particles to swarm around the Atman. This greater light from good thoughts and deeds then grants greater vision, greater wisdom, and more love from the community.
When one becomes dedicated to goodness, little by little, usually over many incarnations, one may rid one’s self of the obscuring Karma of negative photonic particles surrounding the Atman and begin the process of entering a light filled, purely good expression of Atman called Kevala Jnana. This is a state of all knowing wisdom and is a necessary condition of manifesting prior to liberation from the cycle of life and rebirth. Buddha is thought to have reached this state by Buddhists, and the Jain practitioners look to Mahavira as the prime example of this level of awareness. Kevala Jnana is supreme knowledge, absolute knowledge and reveals all truth emanating from all time and space and beyond.
Through Kevala Jnana, one must certainly know the truth concerning vegan awareness and the importance of a dedicated vegan lifestyle. Certainly, the vegan diet and a resulting vegan lifestyle is the way of being which is closest to goodness on Earth. How could one display Kevala Jnana as a meat eater or even a lactarian vegetarian? More important than how much we eat, how we eat or when we eat is what we eat. All Kevala Jnana must be Vegan Kevala Jnana. This means that both the Buddha and Mahavira were vegans prior to their Moksha or liberation from this temporal existence.
Post Date: 01/25/17, Replies: 0
Are Souls Vegan?
What is a soul? This question must be answered first, before we can know what a soul does or how it is dedicated and if therefore it is vegan in nature. The word soul has a very interesting history and an indefensible quandary it faces in the present time.
The Online Etymological Dictionary claims that the origins of this word are unknown. The Old English word Sawol is listed and then the Proto-Germanic Saiwalo which then relates to the old Norse Sala, the Old Frisian Sele, the Middle Dutch Siele, the Dutch Ziel, Old High German Seula, German Seele, and finally the Gothic Saiwala. The highly dubious Wikipedia adds to the list Sele as a secondary form of the Old High German, the Old Saxon Seola, Old Low Franconian Sela and Sila and the Lithuanian Siela.
These terms are very important for our discussion although it may seem a bit dry to those not interested in language history and linguistic evolution. The most important submission is the final Lithuanian Siela. This is because Lithuanian is one of the European languages that is truest to its Sanskrit roots; this is easily verified online. All the above languages are Sanskrit root languages. Did you know even English is a dialect of Sanskrit? So are French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and Russian rooted in the great grandmother language of Sanskrit.
The reason that the Lithuanian Siela is so important is that it reveals to us all the true source of the word soul. I have talked personally with many Theravada Monastics and Vaishnavas about this and the ones that have studied Pali and or Sanskrit know the answer. Pali is a Sanskrit dialect that was spoken in India during the reign and empire of King Ashoka. They explain that the word soul comes from the Pali root Sila or the Hindu root word Shila. In terms of phonemes, the sound of words, this makes sense. Often dictionaries define soul by cross referencing it to the Sanskrit word Atman which does not sound like soul at all.
If you tell Wikipedia or the OED or Webster’s Dictionary’ scholars that Sila or Shila is the root for the word soul, they will not listen. They refuse to link Christian mysticism to India in an ethnocentric denialism that refuses to listen. The term Atman is the proper term for soul and yet it is understood to mean something far different from what Abrahamic traditions of Christianity and Islam teach.
What is Sila or Shila? It is the honor derived from one’s conduct. Buddha used the term when he listed the Ten Paramitas (Sanskrit) or Paramis (Pali.) This makes sense because the Christian and Muslim religions are enmeshed with the ideas of soul being connected to conduct, honor, judgement and ultimately the final destiny of heaven or hell. The true meaning of Shila or Sila is not a spiritual concept but a civic concept, like a knight in shining armor’s honor. After the Avatar Parashurama exiled through battle many warrior clans from India, they migrated to the Middle East to Russia and eventually Europe carrying with them the warrior caste notion of Shila and their incorrect interpretations of early Vedic culture which got them exiled. This is the origin of Celtic, Tartar and ancient Babylonian cultures which evolved Shila into a notion of a spiritual ‘soul’ concept over thousands and thousands of years especially through the advent of Abrahamic traditions.
Is our honor based on vegan conduct? Is our honor vegan in nature? Is there an eternal nature to our vegan conduct and vegan honor? I think the answer is obvious; yes, of course.
How can one claim to have proper conduct and honor if they kill unarmed herbivores, if they eat the bloody dead carcasses of tortured and murdered animals or drink the mammary secretions of other species?
Only a vegan lifestyle offers the foundation of honor and correct conduct which must then be coupled with strong morality and a true spiritual practice. Then, one may safely assume, that all Shila or rather all Souls are vegan in their truest natures and must cultivate vegan lifestyles for normalcy, good health and spiritual evolution.
Post Date: 01/23/17, Replies: 0
Veganism and Botox?
In my opinion are just two words that don't go well together!
I'm a very spiritual gal, i'm into Thorwald Dethlefsen and Rüdiger Dahlke teachings about illness/health (understanding illness before it can be cured), phases of life (as in different time for different things, a time to be 'young' a time to be 'old').
On my spiritual journey I also encountered the teaching of Doreen Virtue. Her works revolve around the angels. She is also vegan since 1996. In recent months she has been talking a lot more about issues such as the integrity, environment, saving animals, signing petition, importance to go and vote, yes to 37, etc. all thing that I completely agree with.
On the other hand, I can't help but notice that she is doing somethings against what is preaching, one of them being her need to use plastic surgery and Botox on herself.
I really don't understand how can someone be preaching veganism and then go and use Botox who is tested on animals! It really does not make sense.
I know that in the US surgery and Botox are such a big thing, especially for celebrities, but I also feel that if you are preaching integrity you should be integral and walk your talk. One main reason being that you are setting the example. Another that if you a spiritual teacher you should learn to love yourself as you are, without the need to change one thing.
The other thing is that the use of plastic surgery and Botox in which i do not believe in, is making me question other areas of her life in which she might not be integral and true. I'm not attempting to judge her, (I deeply love and respect her work from my heart) but I'm merely trying to understand it.
What do you think?
Post Date: 01/22/17, Replies: 6
The word Deva has many arguable etymologies, definitions, and synonyms. I prefer the correlative nomenclature to the Hindu festival of Devali. Devali is the festival of lights and thus one may safely infer that Deva means light being. This differs from most English translations of Deva as ‘god’ and, somehow, I feel it is more true to what Hinduism proposes. If Deva does mean light being, how does that light shine?
As Earth bound beings of 3D carbon chain, we are tied to the universal clock of aging. Time is understood differently in Hindu cosmology than in the West. We are currently in the Age of Kali, Krishna was in the Age of Dwapara and Rama was from the Treta Yuga. Each Age or Yuga has its own cosmology, universal laws, cultures, values, blessings, and problems. How the Deva arrive on Earth, what their purpose is, how they act, where they dwell and what they teach is subtly different in each Age. It is as though the Divine Light shines differently through each Age. The Divine Light may be constant, but the refractive nature of each Yuga changes its intensity and coloration as such, and so the different Avatars, Devas and Devis appear to manifest in accordance with the changing wheel of time.
Although Krishna was well known as an avid ghee fan with many childhood stories of stealing ghee for his endless desire, and adoring milk and all milk products, this was an attribute of Dwapara Yuga. Indeed, Krishna was alive in Dwapara Yuga at the cusp of Kali Yuga’s dawning. In the Gita Krishna explicitly states in the 9th canto that one should worship him with offerings of flowers, water, fruit, or a leaf. Noticeably missing in his list of acceptable Puja tools are milk and ghee. This is because vegan offerings are the only true offerings, the best offerings, and the truest offerings.
Krishna also knew that in the Kali Age people would be dedicated to materiality and would develop organic, vegan vitamin supplements of Vitamins D3 and B, allowing for vegan diets. Krishna knew his instructions would have to penetrate from Dwapara Yuga to Kali Yuga and so his instructions would have to reflect the next Age’s capacity for Puja experience. He knew the light of Maha Vishnu would shine differently in Kali Yuga and he needed to prepare the way for the people in the future by acknowledging a vegan method of connecting to him.
If Krishna or Rama or Shiva were alive today, they would certainly support a vegan diet. It is the only cow friendly diet in Kali Yuga. The vegan way is the correct way of living, worshiping and eating. Vegan is how the light of the Divine shines through to all of creation from the ultra-dimensional source of life. To chant Vegan Krishna, Vegan Rama, Vegan Shiva, Vegan Lakshmi, Vegan Vishnu, Vegan Ganesh etc. is to accept Krishna’s edict in Canto 9 of the Gita. To chant this way is to accept the Divine Light of Deva in Kali Yuga. To chant this way and live this way is to reach to the highest truth in this dark Age of Kali and to find our way to the true Trimurti, the Vegan Trimurti, of Vegan Vishnu, Vegan Brahma, and Vegan Shiva.
Post Date: 01/22/17, Replies: 0
The Four Noble Truths
Buddha’s central teaching is The Four Noble Truths and, according to the Buddha, it is the source and foundation for all Buddhist wisdom. The Four Noble Truths are very simple to state, but need much explanation and experience applied in real life situations to find their deep profundity. The Four Noble Truths are as follows:
The Cause of Suffering
The End of Suffering
The Path Leading to the End of Suffering
There is one big question that needs to be asked which is like a big elephant in the room, the one no one notices and everyone tries to ignore. How does this relate to the vegan lifestyle? In truth, only a vegan can teach these truths. Why? Imagine Jeffery Dahmer or Adolf Hitler teaching us how life is only suffering as they stand in front of their victims. The same is true for meat eaters and lactarians who try to teach this topic with bellies full of animal parts and animal secretions. The one writing this will have been a vegan for 17 years and vegetarian for 19 years next March.
Let us start with the first precept, Suffering.
All sentient beings are suffering. Children suffer as they grow, both physical growth pain as well as emotional and psychological pain of maturation. Every human that lives a long life will one day suffer sickness, old age, and death. We suffer by being separated from the ones we love and by being with the ones with whom we would prefer not to share time. We suffer from loss, uncertainty, stress, excess, anger, greed, ignorance, jealousy, fear, and many other sources.
If we look at planet Earth as a singular location of this suffering and we see this entire mass of suffering from the beginning of life on Earth until now, what do you think might be the greatest source of suffering upon Earth? Some may say the Jewish Holocaust, some might say Joe Stalin or Mao Tse Tung were the greatest infliction of suffering, another might say poverty or alcohol.
The truth is that the greatest source of suffering in the world today and which has always been the greatest source of suffering upon our planet is animal slaughter. Around 9 billion animals are killed in the U.S. alone each year, and about 70 billion worldwide each year. This means about 200 million animals are tortured and killed every day for food. These stats do not include hunting nor fishing, only factory farming. If we include hunting and fishing, private farming, animal experimentation, etc. the number could stand as high as 2 or 3 billion each day. THAT IS EACH DAY! All the war dead combined from every war ever fought does not exceed this amount of animal slaughter every day. Every Day!
The Cause of Suffering
Not practicing a vegan lifestyle is the central cause of suffering. It affects our planet’s gross aggregate of suffering as well as the greatest part of each individual’s suffering from Karma, health and consciousness.
The End of Suffering
Going vegan may not end all suffering, but it is the most important first step. If we all went vegan, not only would the atrocity of global animal slaughter and torture end, but we would stop burning down rain forests, stop wars in general, share resources better and have plenty of water to drink. If you want to end suffering, go vegan. Then we can talk about ending other aspects of suffering next.
The Path that Leads to the End of Suffering
We can only walk this path as vegans. How can one meditate correctly with angry animal spirits emanating from one’s intestines? How can one support correct view with animal blood dripping from one's mouth at dinner? The Path that Leads to the End of Suffering is a vegan path. Vegan corrected speech, thought, meditation, action, livelihood, zeal and mindfulness guide us and keep us on the correct vegan path. One must have a vegan mind and vegan consciousness to comprehend the Vegan Path that Leads to the End of Suffering.
Post Date: 01/21/17, Replies: 0
Ahimsa originally is a Jain term that describes a life dedicated to causing no harm. The Jain wear small face coverings to ensure microorganisms are not killed by breathing, walk barefoot to ensure no bug is killed while walking and in some communities, the men wear no clothes to reduce consumerism and outward vanity. The Jain holy books, the Agamas, are written on paper derived from tree bark where the bark fell naturally and was not removed from any living tree to not cause harm to trees. Many Jain practitioners are changing their traditional diet to a vegan diet and this is visible at many Jain restaurants and temples where vegan food is offered.
Ahimsa has become a mainstream thought in the Hindu community also. Many Vaishnava texts and temples refer to this term readily, and it is also addressed frequently by Vedanta, Shakti, and other Hindu communities. It is how Hinduism becomes vegetarian. Frequently Hindus point to Krishna’s request that he is offered water, a leaf, a flower, or fruit in his worship rather than animal sacrificing or lactarian offerings. This is a very important civilizing passage in the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, introducing vegan tools of worship as superior to lactarian or carnivorous offerings of past historic epochs. They need to change their Abhishek practice of pouring milk on temple deities realizing what Krishna stated. Hinduism is only now addressing vegan lifestyles and some temples have vegan practitioners and many Hindu vegetarian restaurants offer vegan options.
Ahimsa is also a term used by the Buddhist community. It becomes known in the Angulimala Sutta where the Buddha explains that his life has been dedicated to harmlessness. It is then codified in the first precept where the edict reads “No Killing” which is practiced as a vow to live a vegetarian life in many Mahayana communities. Many Buddhist enclaves misinterpret Buddha’s words to justify their wrong dietary practices. The Buddha was India’s greatest holy man and no one would ever consider putting meat nor dairy products in his begging bowl, such actions would be perverse and wrongful.
Change is slow in these largely lactarian cultures that make a distinction for eating garlic and onions but do not yet fully honor the vegan way of being. It is strange since a vegan lifestyle is obviously purer by all Ahimsa standards. This is because Milk, like turmeric, has been considered the presence of god/goddess himself or herself and thus there are many cultural blocks to vegan reification. Therefore, each community must look more closely at their own scriptures to find that vegan lifestyles are truer to their own Dharma. The cultural practices, the religious practices, and the dietary practices of each of these noble communities must adapt and adopt vegan values now that dietary supplements for vitamins B and D3 exist.
The first step to spiritual and religious realization is a vegan lifestyle. Veganism without any moral philosophy or devotional practice is cosmetic and riddled with egoistic problems. The only way vegans will progress into a genuine interconnection with all life in a meaningful way is to enter the symbolic language of devotion, meditation and scripture which reveals the true consciousness and unity with humanity, life, and the multiverse. The only way the Jain, Hindu and Buddhist communities will also participate in this same genuine interconnection is by going vegan. Of course, these religious communities and most vegans, have histories of carnivorous practices that are easily abandoned, so likewise the lactarian transitional lifestyle also must be abandoned.
Post Date: 01/19/17, Replies: 0
She was born inside a distant cage in a free speech zone at another political event. Crammed in with a rock band, protest signs, protesters, and megaphones, no one saw her nor how she arrived. There was a small crack in the ground that was intermittently covered by dancing and rushing souls and heels. When the convention was over, there she grew in germination. Later there would be sacred life, the smallest and most fragile blossoms of the tiniest sprig of chamomile, the herbal medicine that helps digest such political repression. She is an activist with an unending voice always standing for her rights.
She does not need to change the world, she is the world. She does not need to rule the Earth, she is the Earth. In one instant she is a vegan feminist atheist who will let no patriarchal God come between her and the uncountable number of children she has birthed in the tide of their own Karmic dilemmas. In another instant, she is an orthodox theist because she creates the interdependent union of all things as she sits gloriously upon her throne of stars and space. She does not seek parity with men, for to do so would mean to give up too much of her power. In another instant, she is a simple little girl singing as she skips slowly, almost dancing through a blossoming field with a wooden stick in her hand and flowers in her hair.
She has healed us with her herbs, she has fought us with her wars, she has fed and clothed us, given us music and dance, she gives us light and dark and then tells us that a man did it all. She occupies distant planets, she is a deer sipping gently at a waterfall basin, she opens our hearts with another of her beautiful sunsets and yet somehow, she is busy and unreachable.
She is illusion and yet she somehow is trapped partially in her own game. She is here to learn manners, kindness and to let her gentleness topple the greatest of bastion walls. She must lose her vanity because not all her makeup is vegan and some is still animal tested. She is the mountain we must climb, and when we have accomplished this task, she laughs and shows us a thousand more mountains that we must continue towards to help figure out her complexity.
Despite all this, she wants more money. She feels she has earned it. She feels ignored. She wants to power share. Has she truly felt unworthiness yet in her cheap discount department store attire? She wants to rise to political power and when she finally gets it, she only finds her children and husband ignored. There is no one to make our peanut butter sandwiches, she has appointments.
When she is with her lady friends, they all talk at once in high shrills at a fast pace that no man can decipher. When she is with men it is for gain. When she is with family she is a tyrant. When she is alone, she lets life continue without her even though it is her and she thinks constantly of us all. She needs discipline but she has mocked the Buddha, a role for men only, so her quest is never fulfilled. She thinks she knows everything so her family conspires behind her back. She will not rest until she is completely in charge and this is what everyone is afraid of, except the most faithful of her devotees. It makes her untrustworthy, this power grab she created, we just want her to be more peaceful and loving and polite as she erupts into another volcano.
Post Date: 01/16/17, Replies: 0
Extra Terrestrials, UFOs, Time Travel, and
Did Extra Terrestrials genetically alter life on this planet?
Did Extra Terrestrials Terra form our planet?
Did Extra Terrestrials create modern man, Homo Sapiens?
Did Extra Terrestrials create our religions by posing or being viewed as Gods?
Why do most people involved in Alien Abductions return with messages concerning world ecological ruination, the need for world peace and the need for a world transformation to a vegan diet?
Are Extra Terrestrials Space travelers or Time travelers or both?
Have you seen a UFO?
Do Extra Terrestrials live among us?
Post Date: 01/16/17, Replies: 1
The divorce rate in the US has been estimated near 75%. Fertility rates are dropping in the West so much so that the ruling elite of Europe have imported vast Muslim populations, for better or worse, that reproduce in higher numbers to replace the non-reproducing indigenous European populations. The ruling elite know that a growing consumer base to their capitalistic economies and a growing base for their work force matters more than ethnicity, religion or indigenous culture and genetics.
How has this happened? We must look to current events for answers. Population levels and the institution of marriage seemed all right in the reconstruction period of economic recovery after World War 2 until the late 70s. By the 90s a fertility dystopia rife with broken marriages set in with no cure in sight. Although there is no simple answer to this complex topic, there certainly are a few obvious cultural patterns that did develop during this time.
One variant concerns the environment. Nature provides Eros for love. During the late 70s onward, massive amounts of city building destroyed much of the world’s nature. No longer was it safe to drink from a river, trees are now in tree museums known as arboretums and one can drive for miles from mall to mall through canyons of cement.
Another variant is the failure of Christianity. With the fallout of Catholic pederast scandals filling the headlines, Catholic attendance at Church has dropped precipitously. Protestant religions that use to emphasize family and work now run mega Churches that only banter eschatology or the end of the world. The end of the world and pederasty does not lend well for fertility nor over all acceptance of religion. Instead people are flocking now to atheism and dropping religion all together.
What is the impact of Atheism on fertility? Without the sacredness of marriage or any belief in the esoteric concerning abstractions like love and God, people live together and break up often in an endless pursuit of personal pleasure and self-realization. Atheism also seems to effect birth rates negatively in China where an enforced one child policy led to an enormously imbalanced male population which inherently is impotent without women.
The rise of feminism during this time also reduced fertility. We can see this from two levels. Islam, a notoriously male dominating patriarchal society, does not have a fertility problem other than it seems to over produce. Feminism, by contrast, steals away male virility. Men fought off the British, men wrote and signed the constitution, men built the cities, men invented electricity, the phone, the computer, air travel, the car, tract housing, universities, museums etc. Feminists walk in and demand that it all be handed over to women and deny men their most fundamental rights of child visitation after divorce. So many women that are feminists have no manners, are rude, narcissistic, masculine, aggressive and domineering. Feminist men often cultivate the feminine side of their personality and the conclusion is infertility. Women demanded equal rights in the work place which means that both parents work and so many generations of parent-less latch door children fill our prisons on drug charges.
In terms of a vegan context, perhaps we should review the Atheist Vegan Feminist agenda. Do we really need to be led by women who wear party dresses and army boots, purple hair and bad make up, who are rude, aggressive, and ill mannered? Vegans need to redefine marriage, love, the role of man and woman, and especially God to reproduce. Vegan children are the most wondrous beings I have ever seen. It would be a shame to see the vegans become infertile and without love because a few greedy women who wanted to steal our cultural power convinced other vegan women that sperm stealing and single parent families are successful models. We need to operate from a male virility cosmology where love and God exist and marriage is sacred if we are going to compete with the Muslim culture. Otherwise in our next incarnations we will be eating lamb shish-kabob and chanting “Allah Akbar!”
Post Date: 01/15/17, Replies: 5
There is a spiritual problem plaguing our vegan community. Vegan atheistic feminism seems so modern and avant-garde as though it were the last word in enlightenment and compassion. I have found instead such practitioners of these values as narcissistic, selfish, aggressive, and rude. They want to espouse their flawed philosophy in a loud, dominating manner that suppresses free speech. They want to rub everyone’s nose in any criticism of their beliefs as though countering them is wrong. There is no wisdom, compassion nor enlightenment in atheism; these are Buddhist concepts and Buddhism is not an atheistic philosophy. What atheistic vegan feminism offers is an irrational view of reality based on a misinterpretation of science, Marxism, and veganism. They seek to desecrate culture, religion, and the enormous accomplishments of men to couple this with the only moral stance in their platform which is veganism. This is an abuse of the vegan way of life, promoting sugar coated poison at the expense of true vegan values.
Post Date: 01/14/17, Replies: 6
Finding Our Way Home
Hindu and Buddhist cultures, unlike Western cultures of Europe and the US, do not share the current problem of declining population rates among key enclaves like the Anglos. We can learn from these far Eastern Cultures lessons in social formation patterns, familial patterns, and spiritual philosophical metaphysics to return our fertility and return our re-population levels.
Hinduism offers a positivist view of life. Bliss is the source of creation and therefore a given premise of life. There is no Devil in Hinduism, so there is no concentrated evil. There is no original sin, no emphasis on forgiveness and life is good. It is amazing how removing evil from the equation increases fertility. If Christians truly want to overcome evil and defeat the Devil, they should simply practice Hinduism.
Hindu culture also has family relations and marriage understood. In the West, children are often thrown out of their parents’ home at age 18 because they are adults. In India, the sons never need to leave home and they inherit their family estate. The women leave home when they are married and live with their husband and their husband’s family. This is not a perfect system to be sure, and so many young Hindus leave for education abroad to avoid arranged marriages and living with the in laws. However, after education is over many return for their arranged marriages. This system removes enormous stress in the lives of young people and permits them to start families in their youth with live in grandparents to assist in baby sitting and counsel. When Western children leave home at 18, frequently they do not amass enough wealth to start a family until 35 years of age or older.
Buddhist culture offers morality. For Buddhists, morality is the outward sign of successful spiritual cultivation. One’s religious practice and meditation is measured by how well one lives the Five Precepts. These precepts were given by the Buddha as a rule for how to mitigate one’s past Karma and to not acquire more bad Karma. The precepts are simple: No Killing, No Stealing, No Wrong Speech, No Sexual Immorality, and No Intoxication. Because morality is central to their culture, friends, parents, children, marriage partners etc. can relax and have a general basic trust with each other. Also, Buddhism does not have a concept of evil in its beliefs. When life is good, and people are good as a foundation view, fertility increases. Self-hate, scapegoating and fear of the unknown are Western psychosis to be sure.
Then there is the profound topic of meditation which both Hindu and Buddhist cultures practice. Meditation is not required in either religion, but is enjoyed by both. The sitting Lotus Position is central to their chaste and celibate cultures. Meditation and specifically the Lotus Position, partial or full, helps control the concupiscible faculties. Physical training of the body and mind are required to accomplish the simple task of living a moral life and seeing all things as good unless otherwise shown to be otherwise. Also, a tenant of humility and simplicity and a greater value on the spiritual and the familial aspects of life rather than the material gain helps garnish a more healthy and fertile existence.
Post Date: 01/14/17, Replies: 4
Hindu Cow Power
Animals in the dairy industry are treated horribly. From blind overweight chickens with sawed off beaks growing their claws into caging, unable to support their own weight due to growth hormones, to cows fed live ground rooster chicks, injected with antibiotics, growth hormones and steer sperm, with mammary glands dragging on the floor, milk machines attached almost permanently and with hoofs nailed to the floor at the feeding trough; they are treated worse than slaves or prisoners. And all of this is suffered on their way to inhuman torture and execution.
In India the cow is worshiped as a great mother Goddess.
In India, over 65% of the people are vegetarian. This is the highest national per capita rate of vegetarianism found anywhere on our planet. However, they do not boast a high vegan rate yet.
Vegans can work with their culture and adapt the spiritual practices that draws such a large population to vegetarianism by adapting vegan interpretations to their culture.
I did not accept a Hindu incarnation in this life and I practice a non-traditional form of Hindu Jain Buddhism. As a vegan, I must amend my practice to edify the vegan aspects of Dharma.
If Krishna, Rama, Shiva, or any Deva were incarnate now, they would undoubtedly support a vegan lifestyle. These Devas were alive in other Yugas. A Yuga is a division of time in the Hindu cosmology much greater than a century, like an age. Consciousness evolves or devolves as each Yuga occurs in accordance with the proscriptions of that Yuga.
When Krishna was alive, there were no dietary supplements for vitamins D3 and B complex. India also has a problem with vitamin A content in foods. Milk was consumed for D3 and eggs were consumed for B and medical herbs for A. Milk, eggs and herbs made a vegetarian lifestyle possible in Krishna's Yuga of Dvapara. In that Yuga, cows were the friends of Krishna, the herdsmen and the Gopis or cow girls.
Now we are in Kali Yuga. We have vitamin supplements and I use vegan sources for vitamin B, D3 and A.
Kali Yuga is considered the most desecrate and fallen of the Yugas where creation is the furthest from the source of creation and the teachings or the Dharma is neglected. In Kali Yuga, the sacred cows of India eat cardboard from trash bins and in the West, they are treated worse than one can imagine. In this Yuga, now, we must eat vegan if we are to honor the sacred cow, the sacred Earth, and the sacred principal of Devi.
Many Hindu ceremonies celebrate other Yuga practices. We must change this. I was talking with a senior Vaishnava last week who agreed that we can use water, Mantra, or turmeric water for Abhishek instead of milk. He knew why. Abhishek is the ceremonial rite of pouring a liquid on Hindu statues.
A Telugu friend reminds me that “In India, there is a vitamin deficiency in most villages where milk and egg are the only source of protein for many kids. Sure, upper class it's easy to adapt a vegan lifestyle. For the people who are not financially wealth, there is no other option for them. I hope things will change with time.” But the upper class frequently does not go vegan and yet, in the urban centers there are vegan resource centers, vegan restaurants and web sites that educate people on a vegan lifestyle.
Sometimes people practice ancient ways that were wrong in ancient times and are still wrong now. We need to create a new form of vegan Hinduism to address the age we are living in of Kali Yuga. I do this, anyone can. I simply look past all references to consuming dairy products understanding that we live in a different age and have different practices now. It has brought me closer to Vegan Krishna, Vegan Rama, Vegan Vishnu, Vegan Shiva and Vegan Brahma and it can work for all Hindus.
Post Date: 01/14/17, Replies: 0
Bringing forth life
I so detest the idea of abortion entering our political and religious culture as a topic that divides our nation and two party system with the potential for life held in the balance. I am beyond exhausted from the diatribes, the demagogues, the hypocrites, and the power manipulators throwing this topic in our face repeatedly. However, the time has come for one particular community to evaluate this topic because they are clear minded due to dietary considerations; free from growth hormones, dead animal Karma, mad cow disease, and animal husbandry antibiotics. A community that revers life so much that it refuses to eat any animal products. A community of people that cultivate morality through ancient practices ushered in by the great world religions, studies in academia, and personal decisions concerning correct life style choice. Of course, I am talking about the vegan community.
A government thinks it has the say over an embryo’s potential life because the street the taxi drives on to bring the expectant mother to the hospital, the hospital, the doctor or mid wife’s educational licensing and education etc. are in most cases provided by the government. The baby will then be protected by the government’s army and police, educated in government educational centers for better or worse and will grow to have a tax paying job.
Religious institutions think they have a stake in the matter because they do not see the baby as being born only by human endeavor. Sperm and egg only give birth to flesh and not to animation or consciousness, or soul they argue. Religions sees the child as a gift of the divine or a function of Karma and is rooted in transcendental forces of nature far greater than the parents. Religion has also suffered greatly for thousands of years to ensure concepts of love, peace, friendship, and hope will surround the child throughout life. Without the cultural contribution of the world religions, we would all be slaves of feudal war lords in captivity, for human nature and society gleans much of its goodness from long term historic religious contributions to our cultural development.
Women think they own the baby because they suffer greatly for approximately nine months carrying the child, giving birth to the child, breast feeding the child and growing the child into an adult. Atheist vegan feminists would incorrectly tell us that men are but a tool or at best a servant to these ends and for this among other reasons they should be opted out of the discussion. Certainly, a mother’s contribution to life is great, but carrying and birthing a child does not grant total control and ownership over the baby.
A father also contributes with his seed, his work, his money, his presence, and his love when he is indeed present to offer such illustrious gifts. A father offers discipline, morality, and guidance and is a contributor to the life of the child from inception until the child’s old age and death.
Just as we have a separation of Church and state in the USA, we also have a separation of bank and state if one looks closely at the Federal Reserve Board and the private banking structure. Who else carries the note on the house, forwards the money on a credit card to the obstetrician and offers an ATM machine to buy groceries throughout the child’s life?
Then of course there is the argument concerning the right of commons. Just because a judge decides that a hill of trees can be staked and divided into parcels for sale, does the judge truly bear this right? One might argue that America took the land from the Native People and by right of force can arrest, torture or bomb anyone who questions the judge’s authority. Does this force to coercion truly grant the judge the right to do this? Does the baby have rights as the ultimate arbitrator of its own life or should it be seen as unable to decide until 18 years of age and is that age certain? Likewise, do parents, governments, Churches, and banks have the right to divide the child into divisible percentages and choose if abortion should be offered or not?
Then there is the sadness of a woman having to decide on her own. With all these contending interests, why should she be so alienated in her decision making? It is even worse when abortion is illegal and back alley way botched coat hanger procedures are done in the dark of the night without an antiseptic environment, without love and support, and without social consent.
This is a spiritual topic not simply a political nor religious topic. What is the vegan view?
Post Date: 01/14/17, Replies: 2
women and religion
Currently reading "Women Without Superstition: "No Gods, No Masters", a collection of writings by women authors in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among them are Susan B. Anthony, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frances Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Annie Besant, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger, and scores of other highly respected writer/activists. They tended to support the environment, human rights, animal rights, etc. One thing they shared in common was not basing their values on the words of any god or gods...
Post Date: 01/04/17, Replies: 8