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Natural vegetarians

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. I believe that humans are natural vegetarians. The reasons include famine, starvation, health, spirituality, ethics, science, earth, religion and the law of karma. Some
02 Aug 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. I believe that humans are natural vegetarians. The reasons include famine, starvation, health, spirituality, ethics, science, earth, religion and the law of karma. Some of these topics are covered below.
SCIENCE – The physical characteristics of carnivores show that they are meant to be natural predators. Humans, on the contrary, are similar to herbivores. Carnivores have extremely sharp, pointed teeth (Canines) to tear and rip at meat. Humans and herbivores are particularly blessed with the Molars teeth for grinding.
Carnivores perspire through the tongue; herbivores and humans perspire through the skin. Carnivores have claws (to tear and rip), herbivores and humans have no claws.
The intestines of herbivores and humans is 10 to 12 times their body length whereas the intestines of carnivores is only 3 times the body length so as to digest meat quickly because meat decays fast. Carnivores have strong hydrochloric acid inside their stomach to digest meat.
Humans and herbivores have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker. Carnivores have acidic saliva in their mouth. Humans and herbivores have alkaline saliva in their mouth.
ETHICS – It is sheer hypocrisy when meat-eaters call themselves non-violent or kind.
Are we not responsible for the countless brutal killing of millions of innocent animals to satiate our tongues ? “To be nonviolent to human beings and to be a killer of the poor animals is Satan’s philosophy. In this age there is always enmity against poor animals, and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. The reaction of the poor animals is being forced on human society, and therefore there is always strain of cold or hot war between men individually, collectively, nationally and globaly.”
A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in Srimad Bhagavatam (1.10.6). “Conciousness” is present in all living entities including plants, although, the level of conciousness differ. A plant’s nervous system is the least developed so they suffer extremely little, but animals suffer pain just as much as a man.
If we cannot observe the spiritual nature of other beings, how can we find spirituality within ourselves ? All religions clearly state that fruits, vegetables and grains are specially made for human consumption and further, to aid us in our spiritual progress.
An excellent reference of this fact in the Bible is Daniel and his three friends who refuse to defile themselves by eating meat. Also, the reincarnation principle will mean that the chickens and goats we are consuming were probably our mothers and fathers in previous lives.
Kindness is the greatest human virtue and if we feel that we are “superior” to the other species, shouldn’t we behave accordingly ?
EARTH – “Global warming is potentially the most formidable, seemingly impregnable, possibly unstoppable deadly force in the history of the world. It seems like nature’s awesome retaliatory powers are being unleashed with devastating force in an effort to destroy humanity before humanity destroys the earth and all the creatures” – Arthur Poletti, the author of the book ‘God Does Not Eat Meat’. The giant contributers of global warming are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide.
The giant sources/causes of global warming are animal agriculture, vehicle emission, powerplants – use of energy, use of paper, plastic and fuel.
If the three lethal gases are combined together, their effect becomes even more powerful and the major leading source which emits all three of these lethal gases is animal agriculture. Apart from this, animal agriculture involves intensive misuse of all our natural resources including food grains, water, air, land, energy, fossil fuel and rainforests/trees.
Our eating habits have a tremendous effect on Mother Earth. And yet we have decided to play “blindfold”.
RELIGION – “Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be pious, without compunction commit violence against innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam 11.5.14)
God said to Noah and his sons, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is it’s blood. For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning; of every beast I will require it of man”. (Gen 9.5-1) This concession does not allow the eating of blood.
How can we eat animals, alive or dead, without eating any of its blood ? It is impossible.
Valmiki Ramayana, Skanda 36, Sloka 41: “ Shri Rama does not take meat or honey. He partakes everyday of wild fruits and boiled wild rice fully sanctioned (for an ascetic) in the evening.” Faulty English translations have put it as something like this: Hanuman to Sita, “When you were away, Sri Rama did not even take deer meat.” This implies that Rama was otherwise eating meat. Several people have written the Ramayana and this is where the facts have become faulty.
I do not believe that any religion ever encouraged the eating of meat.
The actual meaning has either been distorted or the translations are faulty, or the words have simply been misinterpreted.
KARMA – The cycle of karma is based on the universal principle of ‘cause and effect’ or ‘action and reaction’. This cycle moves not only individually but also collectively, nationally and globally.
The karmic law states that everything that happens in our lives is not only the result of our actions of our current lives, but also our past lives. Karma isn’t about punishment, on the contrary, the law of karma offers us complete freedom. In fact, if we do good deeds, we will not only be rewarded but rewarded several folds over (both in our current life and in future lives). Thus we create our destinies. Everything is magnificently inter-woven together.
God is after all God. He is omnipresent (present everywhere). He is omnipotent (has unlimited power). He is omniscient (has unlimited knowledge). His ability is far beyond any human comprehension.

Shalina Sharma is a regular correspondent of the Fiji Sun.

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