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H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

H.D.G. Bhakti Tirtha Swami

H.D.G. Bhakti Tirtha Swami

H.H. Radhanath Swami

H.H. Radhanath Swami

VEGETARIANISM

 

Vegetarianism is not just the way of nourishment but also the way of living in which the special focus is given to the nature and its principles as well as to the morality and ethics... In such a way of life understanding there is no exploiting, killing and oppression of other living beings just to satisfy one's own tongue... There are a few types of vegetarians, but real vegetarian (according to the authorized Vedic scripts) is a person for whose nourishment isn't necessary to kill anyone... So the person who doesn't eat fish, meat and eggs is considered as real vegetarian and in western terms is used a term lactovegetarian for that kind of nourishment. There are also vegans who don't use neither milk nor honey, fruitarians who eat just fruit and lots of other types of vegetarian nourishment which are just formed from the expression lactovegetarian. That expression is used for the oldest known form of nourishment in general (not just vegetarian nourishment).

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Vegetarians mainly avoid wearing clothes and footwear out of leather and fur. Vegetarianism, as a way of nourishment, is known from the times immemorial, in the East, first of all in India where it was a part of religious practice so-called ahimsa (nonviolence) and the whole country was „vege“. At that time people understood that the world functiones on principles of action and reaction (karma) and our deeds reflect on the things that are going to happen in our lifes (what you do, it would be returned to you). If you steal, it would be stealen from you, if you kill, you would be killed... Proportionally to the economic greedy progress, spirituality is neglected and congruently with that, people forget subtle principles of nature.

Today, about 30% of Indians avoid meat (about 350 millions of people). Greek philosopher Pythagores promoted vegetarianism in Europe. He and his followers practiced vegetarian diet because of the nutritional and ethical reasons. Vegetarianism came from India to Europe thanks to English people who colonized India. The first vegetarian association was established in London, in 1847. During his study, Gandhi was also appertained to this association. Rastafarians, the Seventh-day Adventists, African Izralits, Hindoos, Buddhists, Tibetans, etc. practice vegetarianism. About 3% of the population in USA (about 10 millions) declare themselves as vegetarians.

 

What do the famous people say about vegetarianism?

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Pythagoras, the Old-Greek philosopher and mathematician

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

Albert Einstein, philosopher

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: We are burial places! I resigned meat at my early age."
Leonardo da Vinci, inventor and painter

"By killing animals for food, human being unnecessary chokes the most exalted emotions inside himself - truth and compassion for the other living beings - and destroying his own feelings becomes cruel. As long as our bodies are living graves of killed animals, how can we expect ideal conditions of life on the earth?"

Lav Tolstoj, Russian writer

"Vegetarians are often not very popular amongst people because they compel them to do something they often don't want to do - thinking."
Morrissey, cult singer of the group The Smiths

 

With regard to the health, we can look at the table where we can see that a human being's body is similar to a herbivore's body. This table was made long before, in 1970. by University of Chicago. Infact, from the sixties (20. century) scientists have doubted that eating meat is somehow connected with developing heart diseases and arteriosclerosis. In year 1961., in the review "Journal of the American Medical Association" it was written: "Ninety to ninety-seven percent of heart diseases could be prevented by vegetarian nourishment." Since then, a few good organised studies have proved scientifically that after tobacco and alcohol, eating meat is the biggest cause of death in western Europe, USA, Australia and other world's rich countries.

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Based on A.D. Andrews book, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970.)

Human body isn't able to grapple with larger quantities of animal fats and cholesterol. The research of 214 scientists from 23 countries who are engaged in study of the arteriosclerosis had proved, with unanimous opinion, that there is connection between nourishment, a level of cholesterol and heart diseases. When man eats more cholesterol than it is necessary for his body (which is a common case when meat is the main meal), overplus of the cholesterol obtained in such a way, becomes gradually a problem. It accumulates in the interior of arterial walls and reduces blood inflow which can cause high blood pressure, heart diseases, heart attack and state of paralysis.

There are many advantages relating to the vegetarianism. Nutritionists claim that the fat concentration in blood, which causes high blood pressure, and free radicals, which are very harmful, are reducing. According to the latest researches, percentage of certain tumor types such as tumor of the large colon, the breast, the prostate is lower among vegetarians. Short lifetime of the Eskimos who eat only fish and whale meat, as distinguished from the long-lived Tibetans who are lactovegetarians, is also an advantage of vegetarianism.

With regard to the proteins, Dr. Pavo Airola, leading authority for nourishment and natural biology, says the following: "The official recommendation for the requirem/nt of proteins in human nourishment has been decreased from 150g, what was recommended 20 years ago, to only 45 g." Why? Because the reliable researches, carried out all over the world, have revealed us that we don't need so much proteins and that our daily requirement of proteins is just 30 to 45g. A quantity of proteins which is higher than this value, isn't just useless, but very dangerous for the body and it may be connected with heart diseases and cancer. Daily requirement of proteins can be achieved by 100 % vegetarian nourishment based on the cereals, fruit, vegetables and stonefruit. Nourishment which contains meat isn't necessary. Milk products, cereals, leguminous plants and stonefruit are concentrated sources of proteins. For example, cheeses, peanuts and lentil contain more proteins than the same quantity of hamburger, pork or beefsteak.

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However, until recently, nutritionists have thought that only meat, eggs and milk products contain complete proteins (proteins which contain 8 amino acids that body doesn't produce) and that all vegetable proteins are uncompleted (proteins which don't contain all 8 amino acids). Researches carried out at Caroline's Institute in Sweden and at Max Planck's Institute in Germany indicated that the majority of vegetables, fruit, seedgrains, stonefruit and cereals are great sources of complete proteins. Actually, organism accepts easier that kind of proteins than meat proteins and with their consumption toxins aren't brought into the body. It is almost impossible not to get enough proteins if you eat sufficiently natural, unrefined food. Remember, the plant kingdom is a real source of all proteins. Vegetarians receive them "directly" instead of "the second hand" eating vegetarian animals.

The latest changes in ecological system make us think about the advantages of avoiding meat. Since few years ago we have been witnessing the great threats connected with meat consumption. Cases of mad cow disease have been registered in Europe, cases of bird's flu in Asia... The study that was published on 15. December 2006. in "British Medical Journal" explains mutual influences of intelligence in childhood and vegetarianism in older age. Parameters like a level of education and socioeconomic status were taken into consideration. The analysis evidenced that vegetarianism was a choice of individuals who accomplished better results on tests of intelligence at age of 10. According to this study, vegetarians were averaging more intelligent, more educated and their professions were higher on the social scale of acceptability but those socioeconomic advantages haven't reflected on their incomes. It is possible that their ethical considerations haven't just defined an act of choosing nourishment, but also a selection of profession.

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Except ethical, moral, nutritional reasons and for reasons of health, there are also lots of other reasons and among them, spiritual reason is the most important... Practically all religions and spiritual movements in the world speak very openly and directly in their books about vegetarianism...

If we start with Christianity and the commandment:"Do not kill!", and if we look at big Hebrew-English dictionary, we will see that the author, Dr. Reuben Alcalaya explains word „tirtzach“ which refers to all kinds of killing not just to a murder of man... Historians also think that during The first Council of Nicaea in year 325., Christian written documents were adapted in order to make them more acceptable for emperor Constantin and so that he becomes confident in Christianity which will then become the state religion of Rome. Even today there are pretty holy orders among Jews who follow vegetarian tradition (some picture with nondevotees or with Krishna and animals)...

It is unnecessary to talk about Buddhism because their entire way is practically based on nonviolence as well as all eastern spiritual ways which believe that person who eats meat can not spiritually improve... Even in Islam Mohamed was often trying to divert people from sinful killing of animals and they were allowed to kill just certain animal species only within some sacrifices.

If these things still haven't convinced you to become a vegetarian, come at our place and taste our delicious vegetarian food! You will become happy knowing that you are going to bed without anyone has to be killed and suffer because of you... Most of us have been occupying ourselves with vegetarianism for about ten years. It's not only that we feed that way but we also live a life of a real vegetarian. We also try to save animals as many as possible by calling people's attention to numerous advantages which are connected with that kind of life... Become one of those who will help animals and yourself by becoming a vegetarian!

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