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Vegan Non-Dualism There is much on the web, in temples and on YouTube about non-dualism. It has become the trendy idea for the hip Ameridu people (American Hindu Community.) The idea of non-dualism is very foreign to American culture and is difficult for many to process correctly even though it has been here in America for over one hundred years. Buddhism, Vedanta Hinduism and the Jain tradition are mostly composed of non-dual philosophy and spiritual practice. There is no religion that is completely non-dual in nature, every school of religion is composed of some dual and some non-dual teachings. So what is non-dualism and how can it be vegan? Non-dualism is the ideology that claims one can or is already united with a spiritual principal and that this is the goal of all spiritual endeavors. So for instance, a follower of Shiva who practices non-dualism, very common to Nepal for example, does not just worship Shiva as an external God, but realizes that Shiva is pure consciousness. The worshiper is also ultimately composed of pure consciousness. One simply yields to this singular monad of universal consciousness by stating Shivo Ham or I am Shiva. Likewise, the Buddhist who meditates by yielding to emptiness ultimately becomes one with emptiness and this complete experience of oneness, of universal emptiness, of finding the truth beyond all physical and mental formations is a non-dual experience of emptiness whereby the one meditating becomes empty. This discovery of being Shiva, or yielding to emptiness and being a Buddha, or practicing the Jain Dharma to ultimate purification and the final status of Tirthankara, all exists already and is the active process of life. We all have Buddha natures, we all are Shiva and we all are purifying already, it is just that through conscious awareness of these processes we can foster greater strides to the final result of Moksha, Nirvana, Buddhahood, Deva Loka or Tirthankara. More simply stated for the Western minds, we are all one with God already. Most people are not consciously aware of what this means. To know this, one can practice this oneness better. One can then always be Godful and therefore be more apt at reaching heaven. The way that Vegan Consciousness then integrates into this way of practice is simple. If we feel separated from our Oneness with the divine or the emptiness, it is probably due to our own Karma or in other words, it is our own doing. Eating meat and animal products separates from the unitive experience of life, love, emptiness and God. To be vegan reduces this spiritual conflict with life, love, emptiness and God. In the oneness of the non-dual experience of blissful reunion with the emptiness, or the Atman or the Deva, all is known. If all is known, then all of the unnecessary animal suffering for food production is known as the greatest mass of suffering upon Earth. Therefore if one truly experiences that incredible moment of non-dualism, the Kensho, the Enlightenment, the Grace, then one should no longer consume any animal products. Vegan non-dualism is the only true non-dualism because it speaks of how life lives in a non-dual reality. Post Date: 05/23/17, Replies: 0 05/23/17 0
Vegan Religion We as vegans must not reject devotional and spiritual practices just because carnivores and others that insist upon consuming animal products have perverted the spiritual path. We must return the true intention of all spiritual practices which is to be vegan. We must establish Vegan Religion as the central, primordial and basic religious practice from which all others arise. We must return religion to impeccable integrity and to its innate constitution of truth. To abandon all spiritual practices because the carnivores, ova-lactarians and lactarians have made such a brutal mockery of religion is to leave ourselves vacant of an important cultural and spiritual mechanism for growth in our community. Vegan Religion is so wondrous in its true connection to the multiverse that it can not be ignored any longer with such burgeoning numbers of vegans growing daily. Vegan Religion offers a method of expressing what everyone wants to know. By living correctly as vegans, by purifying our minds through a vegan diet, what is the cosmology that is born from such people? We can not abandon our responsibility to lead the non vegan masses through our Vegan Religion, giving them an understanding and place in the cosmos that invites them into a vegan lifestyle. Post Date: 05/19/17, Replies: 3 05/19/17 3
Ignorance's failure 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: 05/18/17, Replies: 29 05/18/17 29
True spirituality Whatever your philosophy, religion or belief it really doesn't matter. As long as you are happy with what you believe in and you practice your belief in a constructive way that promotes compassion and respect. It is not good to use your beliefs against other people who do not share your beliefs and say that your beliefs are the only way and that you are superior - this kind of thinking is dangerous, arrogant, can often lead to destruction and people who do this gave their own beliefs a bad name. It is fine for people to have different beliefs than you as long as they are not doing anything morally wrong. True spirituality is not about being prejudice, self righteous or judgemental, it is about doing the will of the divine which is for us to be compassionate, kind, respectful and spread goodness throughout the world to make the world better, this could be helping out at an animal sanctuary, buying someone hungry a meal etc. Do not be part of spreading hatred and prejudice. Be part of spreading compassion and respect. Post Date: 05/15/17, Replies: 2 05/15/17 2
Devotion Earthlings are blessed with devotion. This is not limited to humans but is innate in animals as well. Have you ever seen the reunion of Elephants that have not seen each other for a long time, or the devotion of a mother lion to her cubs? Humans have advanced this positive emotional expression of devotion to create religions which facilitate its practice. People are disenchanted with the devotion they have rendered to other people that have betrayed their trust as lovers, marital partners, politicians and neighbors so they turn to non temporal deities to express their love and devotion. What if everyone became devoted to vegan values? What if Vegan Religion gave the world vegan deities for their devotional practices? What if we evolved to yet the next level of devotion, no longer accepting the gods of empire religions, but developing systems of thinking that reflects a vegan cosmology? Can we work with devotion to create a better world? This would truly be a spiritual, humanistic, positive contribution to our intellectual and emotional development. Vegan Devotion and Vegan Religion is how we can welcome pre-vegans to vegan lifestyles. Post Date: 05/15/17, Replies: 0 05/15/17 0
Sacrifice At the root of all false religion is sacrifice. True religion is not contaminated by such wrongfulness. It is amazing how sacrificial religions will build huge libraries of literature that poetically justify their immoral view and even extend such incorrectness into war theology which serves as their greatest black cauldron of sacrifice. This idea of sacrifice has multiple methods of perverting truth and nature. Animal sacrifice is immoral. It is a black art that contacts not just the lowest of human instincts and sickness of human consciousness, but it also conjures demons and is anti-spiritual fundamentally. To harm an innocent, indefensible creature for one's personal benefit is repugnant and wrong. This evil practice is ritualized in Judaism, Islamic culture, Witchcraft and Satanism, Paganism, many Tribal religions and certain alleged Hindu enclaves. Human sacrifice is central to Christianity, certain Tribal religions, certain Islamic cultural enclaves, certain enclaves of Witchcraft and Satanism, Cannibal cultures, certain Pagan cultures, and indirectly in all war theologies including but not limited to Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, certain Hindu enclaves and certain Buddhist enclaves. This is a very immoral disposition that these and other religious groups justify through falsity, denial and group hysteria. War theology massacres large numbers of animals, humans and entire Eco-systems. Fertility sacrifice is the false offering of one's reproductive abilities for a religion. This is practiced by Catholics, Buddhists and Jain adherents. Ironically the ones who sacrifice their concupiscence in exchange for social prominence often cheat as revealed in the recent Catholic improprieties noted in the world press. Those that obey their vows of celibacy are unnatural versus the more natural expression of true asexuality. Power, wealth and social status being granted to individuals who practice such unnatural fertility pathways is ignorant. Such people do not have any expertise nor superlative qualities because of their renunciation. This act of sexual repression only leads to alienation and judgementalism. Such practitioners often suppose themselves to be experts of humanism when in fact they could not have removed themselves further from humanity. The hallmark of their incorrect view is their religious imperative of turning all sexuality into a sin and endorsing homophobia. Krishna realized the problems of early Vedic culture's wrongful sacrificial practices and tried to correct this phenomenon in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna explains that we should sacrifice our works not animals. All works should be an offering to God and if one needs to give God a more material offering, it should be a leaf, a flower or water only. Buddha did not address this topic of sacrifice but practiced it by demanding that all his monastics sacrifice their reproductive rights, their freedom, their identities and self hood, and their intellectual freedom. Jain Dharma demands the same, and the Abrahamic religions promote the most vile forms of animal and human sacrifices in blood bath dystopian orgies found in their Scriptures. As vegans in a post modern world, this idea of sacrifice seems so primitive. It seems like an ancient vestige of hunter gatherer cultures. The entire point of religion has always been to reform all hunter predator instincts into peaceful agrarian instincts. Instead of animal sacrificing like a blood drenched hunter, we need to cultivate our hearts, instead of causing war we need to propitiate peace, instead of stealing as pillaging raiders we need to cooperate and plant and harvest together. Vegans are at the forefront of such agrarian wisdom, usually endorsing meditation and patience like farmers who await for the crops to grow. It is time we address the carnivorous false ideology of sacrifice which has infiltrated all world religions. We need to endorse pacifistic agrarian values in our vegan religious and spiritual practices. The first step of any religion or spiritual practice is to be vegan. If the Priests and Scriptures of any religion do not actively promote vegan ideals, they should be discarded. At the root of all true religious practice is the respect for all life through not killing, not stealing and not disrespecting others. Post Date: 05/14/17, Replies: 3 05/14/17 3
Vegan Vishnu He who preserves all life throughout the multiverse demands that we participate in preserving and respecting life. Vegan lifestyles on Earth are the only acceptable method of living in accordance with the Creator and Preserver’s intention. Vegan Shiva, the destroyer, is the greatest devotee of Vegan Vishnu. Even the destructive forces of the universe only serve the creative principle of Vegan Vishnu. All the wars, all the diseases, all the deaths and all the violence are functions of past Karma relating to non-vegan practices. Hunting, meat eating and animal sacrificing are the source of crime, war, subjugation, and disease. All of creation stems from Vegan Vishnu and the Karmic retribution for transgressing the established correct vegan life modality is serious, complete, and exact. Morality has been established through the Vegan Vishnu Avatar of Vegan Buddha, Power and Justice has been established through the Avatar of Vegan Krishna, Loyalty and Dedication has been established through the Avatar of Vegan Rama, and all such other virtues are exemplified through the multitude of Vegan Vishnu’s incarnations on Earth. Although in past Yugas the knowledge for vegan sources of vitamin B complex and D3 were unknown, and so milk and egg were consumed, the direction established has always been towards veganism not towards carnivorous debasement. Now we have these dietary supplements and so a vegan diet can be practiced without any problems. There is no excuse, everyone can be vegan. Anyone not practicing a vegan lifestyle suffers greatly in this life and every incarnation to come. There are no excuses, there are no exceptions. This is how life is preserved, by separating the wheat from the chaff. Post Date: 03/14/17, Replies: 0 03/14/17 0
Vegan Lakshmi She is the Goddess of the moisture upon the land. She is wealth and she is both emptiness and form. She protects the Buddhist Monasteries. Her consort is the greatest God who preserves life. When all the Gods are busy, she always hears our prayers. Her mission is to make sure all of us are well, pure minded, happy, free and living correctly in harmony with peace, love and as a blessing in this beautiful multiverse. This mission she has undertaken can only be accomplished in a completely vegan context. Her light shines through the darkness of this age spreading truth about vegan enlightenment, love for all sentient beings and the opening of our hearts to a newly wondrous vegan planetary transformation. Vegan Lakshmi is a shining one, a bastion of hope, as she incarnates with her consort over and again to show us the way to live life correctly as honorable, virtuous, humble, and hardworking vegans, thankful and reverent for this gift of life. As vegans, we must honor this divine feminine principle of Vegan Lakshmi Devi by practicing meditation and chanting her name and Mantras and by offering the nectar of our practice to her like a lotus flower gently placed at her feet in the temple of all of creation. Post Date: 03/11/17, Replies: 1 03/11/17 1
Vegan Yoga Yoga means union, implied in this word is union with the divine. To practice Yoga only as an exercise regime is to miss the point entirely. I have been to many Yoga studios and the burning of incense, a statue in the corner and a group Mantra repetition monthly is not Yoga. Yoga is a method of physical submission to the highest spiritual realizations of one’s mind, heart, and Atman. One should begin Yoga by visualizing the Yidam or Ishtadevata of one’s life’s intonement, the physical representation of one’s guiding Bodhisattva or Deva, in front of one’s Yoga mat. The entire breath centered practice of Yoga is a physical submission to that divinity firmly established at the front of one’s Yoga prayer mat. Each breath is the gift of life received from and dedicated to the sacred Yidam or Ishtadevata. The entire practice of Yoga is a prayer for union and atonement with that divinity and the actual oneness that naturally occurs in a vivid visionary state during Yoga. Then after the Yoga practice is completed, after a short rest in the Shavasana Asana, meditation is absolutely necessary. The whole point of Yoga, its entire purpose is to benefit the physical act of meditation. Meditation can only be performed successfully by vegans. Yoga is a vegan art form. If one consumes animal products, their entire practice is spent arguing with angry animal spirits. To center one’s self in vegan Yoga and vegan meditation, one should always refer to their Yidam or Ishtadevata waiting majestically in front of one’s Yoga prayer mat as a vegan; to honor the Earth, the cows, the environment, and the highest truth. Nama Vegan Maha Deva, Nama Vegan Avalokiteshvara, Nama Vegan Shakti Devi, Nama Vegan Gurudev etc. are all acceptable methods for addressing the divine, to reach true states of vegan Yoga, of vegan Deva and vegan Jhana. This is only the beginning. This is an elementary start to true Yoga realization. This vegan practice of Yoga and meditation goes much, much, much further. Post Date: 03/11/17, Replies: 0 03/11/17 0
How Jain religion is scientific? How Jain religion is basically proved to be scientific? Can we have any evidence for it? Post Date: 03/09/17, Replies: 1 03/09/17 1
Vegan Meditation You do not have to practice any religion to sit quietly. You will only deal with angry animal spirits if you sit quietly and are not vegan. Vegans meditate well. Buddha teaches meditation without religion and he does such a good job, they made a religion out of it. Hindus meditate to contact Gods and Goddesses. Jains meditate as do practitioners of martial arts. There are many places to learn, even psychologists teach meditation. Christians meditate and call it contemplation. Vegan meditation…..meditate on it. Post Date: 03/09/17, Replies: 0 03/09/17 0
Spiritually Improve Your Workout If you walk, hike, jog, run, swim or simply suffer at any exercise trying to slowly progress in your endeavor to gain some benefit, here is a technique that is simple, easy, involves nothing to ingest and will reap exponential benefits. It is an ancient technique that goes back to the origins of known written history. Best of all, it is completely vegan. Ask any athlete or trainer, the mind is the biggest obstacle to gaining improvement and success in any workout routine. Overcome the mind and there is no pain and no limit to progress. Of course, the mind being filled with attachments, programed patterns that are self-defeating and a generally undisciplined wandering constitution, it is indeed very tough to overcome. This technique is not limited to exercise, but may be implemented in all life activities. Try it once and see the improvement. The technique? Chanting. This is a simple non-religious, nonsectarian beautiful piece of ancient poetry to start with that originated around the 12th century by the then Dalai Lama. “The Gem Is In The Lotus.” This vegan phrase is harmless and yet it references a very mystical, deep, and profound hidden meaning. In Sanskrit, this phrase goes like this: “Om Mani Padme Hum.” To use this mantra when walking, running or swimming etc., simply use one syllable per step or per stroke in the pool. Om, Mah, Nee, Pahd, Meh, Hoom (written phonetically). If you start with your right foot, you will end with your left foot so you can then begin again. If you wish to switch feet, simply skip the Om once and it will then begin on the opposite foot and end suchlike as well. All Mantras works this way. Why? Because, most Mantras were developed at a time in history before the advent of cars, planes, and trains and so everyone walked. And because everyone walked, they needed a little help when the hill was steep or the load was heavy. There are literally millions of Mantras available found on the web, on YouTube, in books and in temples. There are Hindu Mantras, Buddhist Mantras and Jain Mantras and since there is no ingesting of any substance involved, this process is entirely vegan. Another great Mantra is “Vegan Awakening” or in Sanskrit, “Om Vegan Buddha.” For walking, hiking, jogging etc., simply use each syllable as follows, Om, Vee, Gan, Boo, Dah (written phonetically). Not only will your workout improve, but your mind will get very clear, and you will gain mental balance, strength, and discipline. Because these Mantras (Mantram in Sanskrit for the plural) exist to reconnect people with the beauty, majesty, and goodness of life, you may be surprised to see your entire life improve. There are long Mantram, Short Mantram and everything in between. There are non-religious, nonsectarian Mantram, and there are religious Mantram. There are Mantram for personal gain, and there are Mantram to help the world. I suggest that one finds the translation and meaning of any Mantra employed, and agree with its meaning first. Have at least five Mantram ready if you swim or walk for the good part of an hour or more. Post Date: 03/06/17, Replies: 0 03/06/17 0
Family Who is not a member of your family? The Lakota say ‘Aho Mitakuye Oyasin’ which means I honor the circle of all my relations. This includes the sky and Earth, the birds, the four legged animals, the fish, the reptiles, and all the two legged animals as well. It is about finding connection with the living and realizing that this complex life system is a family of interrelations without which we could not survive. We need the bird to eat the seed and fly a hundred miles to release it. We need the rain and Earth to nurture the seed, we need the growing tree to breathe and to house the animals each of which serves a vital life function like the bird. We all need each other to live. Like the Lakota people of North America, Kung Fo Tzu is a famous Chinese philosopher saw all of life as a large family. He knew that women were the source of life, but in his view the family needed structure to successfully serve the needs of the life-giving mother. The son had to obey the father to ensure the family business was not undermined, the money from which the wife would create a home and more children. The man had to feel he was in charge to sustain his fertility, and so a role of patriarch was created to stabilize the male in participation within the familial relations that the woman created. This helped to provide protection for the family and income. Many of the things Kung Fo Tzu has written have been wrongly criticized by those who do not understand the true message and historic context of his philosophical treatises. He was alive from 551bc-479bc. He too saw all of life and all of humanity as a singular family through which one’s destiny, role and purpose was founded. Buddhism redefines family with the six realms. We are not just family members with life, connected to our fellow humans, the plants, and the animals, but with the departed as well. Our relations extend into the heavens and hells, the hungry ghosts, the gods and the goddesses, the Bodhisattvas and the Buddhas. We are part of a larger sphere of inter-dependency that co-creates life. Indeed this cosmic family does not just exist for one life, but reincarnates in a multitude of possibilities that consistently reflects our Karma perfectly life after life. We are so very interdependent that should even one person fall and goes to hell it is a failure we all suffer together. Likewise, every time a Buddha is initiated and comes to fruition, all share the blessings in this life and every life to come. What does veganism do to the cosmic family of the heart? Vegans protect the animals with their diet. Vegans know that animals are part of this sacred family that weaves life. Vegans grow with a more purified Karma because they eat what is appropriate for humans and do not steal flesh or reproductive fluids from other species to consume. Vegans can interact more successfully with all six realms of life; the Gods and goddesses, the humans, the animals, the hungry ghosts, those that inflict punishment in hell, and the victims in hell who are brought to this most lowly position due to their own choices and behavior. Vegans serve as a shining light to all. Yet for a vegan to be an effective family member, a spiritual practice needs to be in place and actively exercised in one’s vegan dedicated life to develop skills for correct participation in the family of creation. Vegans must purify in mind and heart, not just body, to be the shining example for the six realms and the entire family of creation. Going vegan is the most important contribution one can make to the evolution of this circle of life. By renouncing all but plants and minerals as a method of diet, medicine, housing, transportation and clothing, our entire family group Karma purifies and we can all then reach higher ground together. Post Date: 02/25/17, Replies: 1 02/25/17 1
Vegan Moksha Everyone wants to be liberated. How deeply liberated does everyone want to go? For the Hindu community, the idea of liberation or Moksha goes further than any other culturally defined liberation. It reaches further and deeper than liberation Theology of the Catholic faith, it also reaches far beyond a Cuba Libre served in Havana. These two Latino concepts of liberation are important here. It implies that there are many levels of liberation. In Hinduism, the ideal liberation is viewed as freedom from family, work, society, religion, life, death, rebirth, Karma, heaven, hell, all attachments, all patterns of thought and action, and far, far beyond. The Buddhists idealize the exact same Moksha process and call it Nirvana. Jain Dharma also seeks Moksha and just like the Hindu Moksha it means literally giving back your soul or Atman to the Creator in complete purity and being free from every encumbrance. One releases to Shunyata or emptiness, in accordance with the Buddha Dharma, and emerges as Devayata or in the position of Godliness without being bound by the heavenly restraints of Devarupa or god-hood in the god realm. So, if practitioners of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal truth of universal liberation, buried in the schools of modern Hinduism, Jain Dharma, and Buddha Dharma practice rigorously for this level of complete and total liberation, why are they afraid of tying their shoes? If you are trying to fly, why are your shoes still untied? What I mean by this, is that with such grand designs of Moksha or liberation, why would the most basic and simple thing be overlooked? To be liberated from Karma and all worldly attachments means accepting the deepest truth. How can one approach Moksha or Nirvana without being vegan? We must shed our Earthly attachment to all animal products before we even begin this path of Enlightenment to the final liberation of Moksha or Nirvana. The gift of life is the opportunity to enter the path of liberation by first going vegan and then finding a teacher or a method to access the Sanatana Dharma in one of the many schools of modern vegan Hinduism, vegan Jain Dharma or vegan Buddha Dharma. To approach true Enlightenment, Moksha, or Nirvana as a meat eater or a milk drinker is just self-deception and delusion. Overcoming the obstacle of ignorance means not to ignore the fundamental truth of suffering, especially the suffering of animals in food production. To live without ignorance also means to embrace the healthiest diet which is the vegan diet, the most ecological diet which is the vegan diet, and the most compassionate diet which is the vegan diet. Post Date: 02/22/17, Replies: 0 02/22/17 0
Vegan Enlightenment 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 02/14/17 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 02/13/17 1
Atheism's Failure 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 02/13/17 11
Religion's Failure 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 02/11/17 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"! Donny Lutz Author Post Date: 02/11/17, Replies: 25 02/11/17 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 02/10/17 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 02/08/17 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 01/31/17 0
Vegan Tao 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 01/30/17 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 01/29/17 0
Freethinkers 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 01/27/17 3
Vegan Religion 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 01/27/17 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 01/25/17 0

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