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Dear Friends, A Loving Hello & Hugs to all the beautiful souls who love to love.
Let us be truthful from the beginning to the end. If you want to know about me, which country I presently live, my age and if I am single and eligible for romance, I am not going to write much about myself as I am not the subject of the blog and neither are my personal details relevant for this blog. Our common aim is to celebrate love by living a vegan or a vegetarian lifestyle. However, to make you all understand the aim of this blog, I shall describe basic fundamentals of my childhood life and the present need for this blog.
Being born in a illustrious family and growing in a British / Irish convent, my life was beautiful and luxurious which was a privilege and blessing bestowed on me by the Almighty.I was born lucky. Growing up in a western lifestyle, I developed many friends in my school from across the world, especially from America,Europe and Australia.From a very young age, the love for animals was foremost in our hearts and like all western cultures the love for dogs, cats and horses grew in me and they were a part of my daily life. Yet, I was being educated in a western convent where eating meat was part of my daily diet.
As youngsters and students in school and college, me and my friends who were both Indians and westerners from around the world would always find ourselves in love every second, every minute and every day with fellow humans, pets and materialistic pleasures of life.We were often driven by the romanticism and the glorification of love by many great poets and mystics and we always identified our self with love as the prime motive for life and the purpose of world.
As years passed, the love for animals just as love for humans grew stronger and the sense of contradictions of eating meat of animals that we loved became a contentious and moral issue to me. I later realized many of my fellow friends too had the same feelings and contradictions.
So out of moral conviction my heart did not allow me to consume meat and hence I changed school after my 10th grade to avoid a hostel life so that I could avoid eating meat and continued my schooling from home as a day scholar. But my friendship with a vast circle of friends from around the world continued and it still continues to this day.
I became a full fledged vegetarian at the age of 16.My future studies led me into the usual worldly life. I found myself running after the world and chasing its attraction of money,fame,power and pleasure.But fortunately wherever I was and whatever I was doing, the love for animals were always a part of my heart.
All along,I was blessed and lucky to hold on to my two fundamental principles of life. A) Love – For all living beings. and 2 ) Spirituality – I realized they were both one and the same as they both sprung from the same source in the inner self.( Hrudayam – right heart – The Spiritual Heart ).It is here that the almighty exists in every living soul.
Though I became a strict vegetarian by the age of 16, my friends who were all beautiful souls and lover of animals were still on meat diet.The contradictions of love and consuming meat was always coming up to me and my friends.Love is universal.what does this mean ? when we say love is universal, it not only includes humans but every living being.That is the meaning of universal.
When humans inflict pain and kill animals without mercy, the question arises – Are we capable to give love to another human while we mercilessly participate in extinguishing another life and soul.
Love toward Non-Humans ( Animals, Birds, Insects etc ) is a dividing notion. Some declare their love of animals eagerly, even if it’s reserved only for beautiful and pet creatures, not fishes,cows,goats or chickens. People who claim to love animals, tend to eat them. Indeed, particularly in the West, this is the era, which both loves animals more fervently, and kills them more eagerly, than perhaps any other in history. Demands for animal welfare have become global but at the same time industrial animal farming, hunting, fishing and other forms of animal uses and abuses have exploded in quantity.
This leads to a logic of denial and ignorance in oneself when humans trying to differentiate between right killing and wrong killing. This logic of denial can lead individuals in this consumer driven age to love pet animals and at the same time to kill and eat other animals like pigs and cows.Killing while loving is based on denial and ignorance, as the “animal lover” may simply ignore where his / her food comes from, and what pains are incurred by animals which also have life and soul like us. The burger is separated from the cow, as a collective obliviousness over the origins of ”food” takes a hold. All uncomfortable information can be blocked out and turned off as we do not want to suffer from knowing the miseries of the world, as it is easier to forget that our actions cause harm to animal lives and we go about loving what our ego and ignorance considers as Love.
Love and Hypocrisy grow together in today’s selfish world. It is a hypocritical to proclaim care and love to humans when we kill or remain silent when animals which have a soul like us are harmed and killed.If we can justify killing of animals for meat then we have no right to proclaim that we have love in our heart for anyone, even towards fellow humans. Such denials,ignorance and hypocrisy is worsened by social and cultural views, which devalues the love for animals. Surrounded by cultural beliefs on the superiority of human beings, and bombarded with a constant greed of taste for meat and its side kicks, it is easy to adopt double standards of love.
As a result, “loving animals” can remain with “just empty words” and “loving humans” can remain with “just empty romances & sex”
Yet, there are also other explanations for both loving and killing. The most obvious one is the failure to notice what “love” means.If only we humans could notice all lives “as real”, and not a the side-character in our lives, meant to serve our needs and understand that they are not a resource nor a product of consumption. Rather, they are like our own self, an equal, a living being with a purpose in the world no less worthy than ours. If we manage to set aside egoism and gain a sense of realism, only then we are capable to love and be loved.
To truly love means to have the capacity to truly feel, sense and respect all living being and not just human beings as our own. Only then it is accepted that love lives in your heart. Loving animals is about paying heed to their realities – to the fact that they have their own unique way of existence, their own minds and mental contents, their desires,experiences and their inimitable distinctness. It consists of acknowledging that yes, wolves and rabbits are our equals in this sense and deserve our moral love and care.
We simply cannot love and kill. If we kill any life then love is just a mere source of self-benefit, a tool for our own comfort even with humans. When killing starts for whatever reason, then loving stops.Hence,love and killing cannot go hand in hand.Love and meat cannot co exist.Love and pain can never unite.Love is universal and any argument in support to inflict pain, kill and eat meat is only a sorry and pathetic excuse to satisfy one’s gratification of their sense of taste and the ignorance and arrogance caused by the absence of moral and spiritual bankruptcy in themselves.so we cannot carry on the bullshit of arguments of being a Vegetarian Vs being Non Vegetarian.
People are often blind to moral and spiritual truth.The truth is that they both are one and the same.The basic fundamental of morality and spirituality arises from the fact of being truthful. Truth is accepting,recognizing respecting and loving every soul in every form without inflict pain on any living being directly or indirectly.This is the first and the only truth.
Vegetarianism is a spiritual philosophy that explains the truth that all souls are the same and equal.The almighty that resides in your soul is the same almighty that resides in every living soul. Vegetarianism is directly related to spirituality. The Sanskrit word ahimsa, meaning “to do no harm,” is emphasized in spirituality. Ahimsa also means kindness and non-violence towards all living beings including animals.It respects all living beings as one and includes the fundamental truth that the Almighty exists in every living soul.
Those who are truly connected with Truth will feel a love for all creatures, great and small They recognize and treat the soul in human beings and living creatures as equal. People who talk about “Love” must adopt a path of non-violence towards all living beings.
I welcome everyone will love. This blog is a celebration of life and love by being a vegan or a vegetarian Let us lead a life of non violence by showing compassion for all living souls and by doing so, we will naturally develop love for our inner self and grow spiritually.Always Remember we are all accountable for our actions and so my dear friends let us make a honest attempt to become a vegan or a vegetarian and take the right path to love, spirituality and enlightenment in this life
Be a Vegan – Be a Vegetarian.There is a nobility in it.Let Our Love For Every Soul Be The Only Principle in Love.
Love & Hugs – “R”