Popular Post Sajjan_Thug Posted March 6 Popular Post Report Share Posted March 6 It is well known that the majority of the Indian population do not eat meat. This is not altogether because they cannot afford it. Most of them object to it because it involves the taking of life. Back of that objection is the law of karma which has been familiar to Indians for many thousands of years. Sants and their disciples do not eat meat, fish, eggs or any sort of animal food for the same reason. It involves the slaughter of animal life, and that means the assumption of karmic debts. Let us now see how it works out both in theory and in practice. In the vegetable there is but one active tattwa or elementary condition of matter. That is jal, which means water. It refers to the liquid state of any substance. In the insect there are two active tattwas, Agni or fire, and Vayu or air. This refers to the resolving state, or heat. It means a transitional state of matter, and the vayu refers to the gaseous condition of matter. In the birds there are three active tattwas: jal, agni and vayu. In the higher animals there are four active tattwas, prithvi or earth, jal, agni and vayu. But in man, and in man alone, all five tattwas are active. As a matter of fact all five tattwas are in everything in the world, but they are not active. Akash or ether is the last one which is active in man alone. Now, the law by which we are to be governed is this: The greater the number of active tattwas that are combined in the living individual, the higher he is in the scale of evolution and also the greater the responsibility involved in killing that individual. Hence, the greater the burden of karma assumed in killing. But since man has to eat something, in order to continue his life here, the ancient sages and Satgurus selected the least harmful substances; that is, those things in the killing and eating of which there is the least karma to be assumed. So they decided on vegetables. No animal at all. Of course, there is some karma to be assumed in eating vegetables, as there is life in them too. But in the vegetables there is the lowest form of life, and hence the least karma involved. This is the chief reason why the Sants do not approve of killing and eating animals. The second reason is that the eating of animal food interferes with one's spiritual refinement. It drags a person down toward the animal plane. It is a fact that so long as one eats animals, he will be more or less like animals. It is unavoidable that we should become like what we eat, just the same as we become like that of which we constantly think. We must absorb its qualities to some extent. How could it be otherwise? That is but common sense, and I believe most people will agree to it. It may be tested by any one. A heavy animal diet will always awaken the animal passions and drag one's thoughts down to the animal plane. The same is true of eggs. The reader may test this for himself. Everybody knows that eggs are often used deliberately to stimulate the animal passions. But the disciples of the Sants have, as their chief aim and effort in life, to rise above the animal plane and to unfold their spiritual powers. Hence, they must not eat that which will pull them down to the animal level. Another reason is strictly one of sanitation and health. Animal diet is a filthy diet. It fills the body with impurities, the purin group especially, uric acid and other by-products of animal food digestion. All these bring on their train of evils, rheumatism, mental dullness, heaviness and laziness, appendicitis, etc. The refuse in the intestinal tract from animal foods develops soluble poisons that are themselves deadly, and if a person goes on manufacturing and absorbing them, he will certainly develop nervous disorders, auto-intoxication with its train of evils, and an early death or an enfeebled, decrepit old age. But the student of the Satgurus wishes to keep his body in as perfect a condition as possible. This is one of the oft repeated commands of the Satguru. Then it stands to reason that he must select the purest and least harmful foods available. This means a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts, and of course, all dairy produce. Students of the Satgurus are strictly enjoined not to indulge in intoxicating drinks. This is because, in addition to creating bad karmas, it confounds the intellect, vitiates judgment and almost destroys vivek. Under its influence, one may do things which result in a heavy karmic debt that can only be wiped off in several incarnations besides bringing shame and dishonor here. Both body and mind suffer—the resulting mental slavery being a great impediment the way of spiritual practice. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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