healthy mind resides in a healthy body".
The above saying illustrates the significance of
the fact that a pure and a serene mind
rests only in a
healthy body, devoid of any
contents, which may be conducive to excitement or
tension. A natural and
vegetarian diet or way of
life, accentuated with gradual and consistent doses of
peace and tranquility, besides being coupled with a sense
of non-violence and an attitude of well-being
towards all, raises the soul to a stage of oneness and
solitude with the universe, which is the crux of all
religions. Not a single religious doctrine
is found on the earth which advocates torture to animals leave
aside their slaughter. A person having
religious instincts would tremble at the
thought of harming any living being, not to speak
of consuming their flesh.
"Be merciful to animals and all living
objects, as the lord has been merciful to us." -
says Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the first
saint to extol with reverence, vegetarianism
in Bengal. He had experienced the impact of
vegetarianism on human mind and intellect.
Dayanand Saraswati of Arya Samaj has
gone a step further in his denouncing the traits
of eating meat and other non-vegetarian
food. He terms the persons advocating meat-eating
as devils, goes to the extent of denouncing, that
it is a sin even to accept food from the hands of a drunkard
or a meat eater.
Continuing the sermonizing of vegetarianism by the Hindu epics
and saints, the message given by 'Manu-Smriti',
is quite poignant.
It says that - "One who kill
animals for satisfying their needs, will
not get peace in this world or even
Mahabharata, the famous religious epic has passages to
the effect that those, who
kill animals and consume their flesh are no good, that. monsters
or cannibals. When it is not
in the control of humans to give life to anyone, it goes
without saying that they do not, as well, command any
take away any life.
Mahabharata further states on the topic, that a
person abiding strictly to
a vegetarian way of life, is
sacred than a person performing Ashwamegh Yagya for over
Continuing its dissertation, the
above treatise on Indian religion, incites them who
consume flesh in order to increase
their own flesh, as sinners of the first order.
The quote of Atharva Veda is amply relevant :
"Those who eat raw
or cooked meat, those who destroy the
young ones of various species, shall themselves be
Hinduism is not the sole religion advocating
The Holy Bible is full
of sermons to the effect. Lord Jesus always
preached humans to develop
a feeling of love for ones
fraternity and all of the living creatures. The following
enlightened words of Lord Jesus, are relevant :
"I have come to end sacrifice and
festivals of blood and if you do not stop eating and offering
meat, than the anger of God will not lessen towards you."
Lord Jesus says further - for that which be
fillets the sons of men befalleth the beasts. Even one
thing befalleth them ; as the one death the other; yea, they
have all one breath, so that a man hath no pre-eminence
above a beast.' Jesus always desired
people to eat food that grows
from the earth. Christianity does
not believe that animals are for killing.
Bible says 'thou shall not kill.' Christianity
placed great emphasis on the peaceful
co-existence of man and beast.
This is the single religion, which laid maximum stress on love
and compassion and advocated that the path to heaven is
made easy through love and
non-violence, rather than worshipping Christ himself.
Islam is not behind, in preaching that
non-violence is the essence of all religion. In Islam
religion, Allah says :
"Man has no right to kill
animals and he who does so, will be accountable for his
action on the day of judgment."
Allah had made all living beings and has
provided everyone with food. And the food for humans is
in the form of vegetables and fruits. It is the will of Allah
that man eats only what is meant for him. Allah
loves all - Jannat and Zameen, Man and animals. So
fear God and do destroy nature as Allah sees everything and he
will be punished who destroys Allah's creation.
The very foundation of Jain
religion are the pillars of
non-violence and compassion. Non-violence is termed as
the Greatest Religion of all religions. The various
discourses by Lord Mahavira, last Trithankar
of Jainism are filled with the milk of kindness
overflowing towards the welfare of all the species on earth.
Do not unto others, what we will not have done unto us.
- says Lord Mahavira.
Live and let live.
All humanity is encouraged
to follow this tenet and influence others to follow suit, in
the process striving for
a life of peace and harmony devoid of any violence,
on any living beings.
Buddhism is another strictly disciplined religion, the
corner - stone of which is - Total Non-violence. The followers
of Buddhism are bound to non-violence and astutely avoid
eating meat. Buddhist scriptures say :
When everyone fears
death, we should not hasten that terror in animals
by killing them. When even man fears death, we should treat
animal as our equals.
Killing animal in Buddhism is
considered a sin (Adharma) while saving a life is religion
Sikhs are of the belief that
non-vegetarianism destroys the essence of Dharma (religion),
Karma (action), Kirtan (prayer) and Balidan
(sacrifice). Sikh religion is of the
strong conviction that how can human being attain peace,
when the food which he
eats is procured amidst immense
suffering on the part of an animal.
Zoroastrians treat fire as sacred and
as such, consider cooking of meat sinful. They
stress on animal protection and regard slaughter-houses as
dens for sinful activities.
"He whose hands are
stained with the blood of animal has no right to pray to God."
says the scriptures of Zoroastrians.
Religion has seem man through since time immemorial. Religion
has a place in a mans' life, which is
of much more significance to
him, than any other human aspect or discipline. In
spite of this fact and
the vital religious belief, which human
have, animals are being slaughtered and their
flesh sold and consumed, without even a slightest thought or
any from of restraint.
It is time for people to decide whether they want to reap the
fruits of religion. We need to revitalize
our spirits with a new enlightenment and to
understand the love of God, we need to develop an urge to
dwell deep into our holy scriptures.
The followers of Tao, the scriptures say - If you
like - you shall be killed."
Shinto religion lays on protection and love for animals.
It is said that he who has mercy, lives long. So
protect and save the animals, insects and other creatures of God.
Just imagine how every one trying
to misuse the name of religion for their own selfish ends.
A missionary was walking
somewhere in Africa, when he heard the ominous padding
of a lion behind him. "Oh Lord,'
prayed the missionary, 'grant in the goodness that
the lion walking behind me is a good Christian
lion. And then, in the silence that followed, the
missionary heard the lion praying too : Oh Lord,' he prayed,
"We thank thee for the food that we are about to