lördag 18 maj 2013

Ahimsa, veganism, spiritual lifestyle, religion, vegan diet and nonviolence

Thanks for your answer dear Farid,
Thanks for considering going vegan!
We really owe this to all beings - that we shouldn’t exploit, harm and kill them.

“ I really need to think about consequences.” Remember also that there are vast  and negative consequences of harm, exploiting and enslaving animals, as all non-vegan choices do. There are only truly positive consequences of making a decision not to harm other beings.

I agree completely. In other words, I agree 100%. That is, I cannot in any way disagree with the idea that a religious tradition that celebrates selfless love is wholly inconsistent with killing and eating animals because we like the taste." Gary Francione

I would like to give some recommendations.
I recommend
the book Eat like you care (http://www.eatlikeyoucarebook.com/ ). After you have read this I recommend:
 ‘Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?‘: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/books/#.UZe5wsp5eWI
As for health, I recommend http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/starch_solution.html and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MKofmjCLYM
(I don’t agree with all claims in these videos, but I agree with the claims about health). Eating a vegan diet is very easy. You can survive and thrive only on potatoes+some vegan source for B12 (http://drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/nov/b12.htm ).

“I'm an athlete and a student before I go vegan I have to know good veg and fruit sources of protein and vitamin.“
Except for the above videos, I recommend this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-gQqKzs5Vw ; and http://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=26240

“ in the country I'm living in I suppose it'll be so hard to be a vegan because of wrong cultural manners! I really mean it, you got to be here to understand! “
I really don’t think that whether you live in Europe, North America, or the Middle East makes a big difference. All these countries really have a culture of eating animal products. But whether it is harder or not doesn’t change our moral obligation towards our fellow earthlings - all other sentient beings. Our spiritual purpose on this planet involves this:

“Mahavir taught that “all breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.”  This is the only moral or spiritual principle that we need to know. If we live by this principle, we will be at peace with ourselves and the world will be at peace. Whatever our religious tradition may be, let us celebrate Mahavir Jayanti 2011 by recommitting ourselves to a simple but profound idea that all may embrace: Ahimsa.”

Tell me if I can help with anything. Feel free to ask anything you want to. Feel free to send me a friend request!

Peace, love and light

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