On Vegetarianism and Veganism

In Brahma Kumaris, there is a belief that some kind of food items are “pure”. Items which are not considered in their list, are considered “rajasic” or “tamasic” (that is middle and lower quality of value.)

In Brahma Kumaris to consume cows’ milk is considered “satopradhan” or “pure.” Milk is considered a “satvic” food in Hinduism even though its animal origin. However, eggs are considered “rajasic or tamasic” depending on your source of authority.
It is said that yogis believed that milk coming from a “happy cow” is good for humans. Of course, pasteurization made this “satvic” food into a problem. However, the belief on milk being “satvic” continued on. There is also the “problem” of fertilized eggs vs. non-fertilized eggs for those who want to eat “vegan” eggs.

Humans follow traditions but are unable to consider the changes that time will bring. What was “true” yesterday, may not be today.
A “happy cow” back then, may not be now. As much as we like to generalize ideas to make them fit into our philosophies, these usually do not fit “reality.”

Our minds keep on making distinctions, separating, labeling things and putting them into little boxes. That is how Veganism and Vegetarianism appeared. Originally the intention may have been for personal gain, to eat something beneficial for spiritual reasons, then; it changed into the ideal of “ahimsa” to protect animals from unnecessary suffering. Now, both ideals are somewhat close to socio-political movements. Their focus is to prevent animal cruelty in society. They believe that to be a priority, a matter of conviction, of morality, etc. The label then changed into Radical Veganism.

Nowadays, many may consider capitalism as a source of animal cruelty. Of course, ultimately it goes back to human beings who are “pushed by the systems into compliance to make a living.”

We humans are too many. Overpopulation is the source of many “problems.” The forces of the market (the haves vs. the have nots) benefit from this, but not our planet. Vegan movements may want to extend their view and consider the planet. Vegans would like to put their ideas to help animals in practice, however; other humans strongly disagree. How could they push their view? How to convince others?

Observe how the original yogi belief in eating healthy to keep the body well for meditation changed into a social movement of compassion fueled by our political conditioning and personal agendas.

The traditional “happy cow” may be a dream now. We need Scientists to tell us when a cow is happy. We have lost our ability to empathize.

A few weeks ago, I read an article suggesting that plants may feel pain. Scientists are working on that. Because a plant does not have a central nervous system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they cannot sense distress or pain in their own way. People who are acquainted with plants, living with them, may be more knowledgeable about them but… we need “proof” from our beloved science, then we will believe although, it is blind faith for it will not be our personal experience.

What about if I dare to say that minerals, stones also have consciousness? That may be a far out thought of a crazy man! Let us wait for a scientist to take up the study.

Life and death are a reality in Life. In the wild animals will kill to survive. Humans do not have that need, but as our “science” is advancing, we may find out that all creatures on Earth living in duality will experience pain and pleasure in their own ways.
Humans have brought an element of egotistical nature that is non existent in the wild, in Nature.
What is that?
Exploitation. We exploit animals and now plants. The market offers “cruelty free products” to support those who became a new market segment. After all, it is all about profit.

Where am I going with this writing?
Nowhere. It is merely food for thought.
Adopting veganism doesn’t necessarily mean a change of consciousness, but someone who has experienced a change of consciousness will typically be vegetarian or vegan but he will not reject meat if necessary. That person will be beyond the pretty labels of Vegan, Vegetarian, Satvic, etc.
If all people were vegetarians / vegans then we will have an overpopulation of animals as they will have less space to live thanks to human growth. Great exploitation of plants could be a reality at that point.

Therefore, Life supports the vegan and the non-vegan, for both are necessary to keep a balance.
Let us remember that Life is not concerned in supporting human morality, what religions and philosophies taught us to be “right” but rather; Life is about balance, harmony.
Those trapped in the duality of “right and wrong” will not be able to understand this.

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