The Ethic of Vegetarianism

The sayings of philosophers, great Gurus and prophets picked from all the major religions are fully supporting the lives of  innocent creatures, and are  openly broadcasting  the  common paradigm: "Live and Let live", because  they are  too His creations and have equal rights.  Actually  this  type of diet pattern, most of us,   inherit  through generations and we continue to propagate the same.  One can surely  say, something went terribly wrong somewhere and the same was carried on through, consciously or unconsciously by our forefathers and  misinterpreted or even may have been manipulated in the holy verses, merely  for the taste  of  tongue. It was not fully our fault,  but  we  maintained the sheep race unmindfully, as handed down to us by our past generations.  So let us finally adopt   the  righteousness  into  our  lives  and  pray  for  His mercy, try  to mitigate the sufferings and put an end to senseless  killings of the innocent lives of the other beings.  This would a true undoing of the mistakes of our forefathers.

                                                                        ( Guru Nanak ji)

Be kind to all beings-this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and  the giving of charity.                                                                                                           ( Ref: Guru Granth)

                                                  ( Guru Nanak ji)

They are produced from the blood of their mothers and fathers, but they do not eat fish or meat.

                                                                        ( Guru Nanak ji)

They eat the uneatable; they reject and abandon what they could eat. They have a teacher who is blind.

"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind."                                                                                             -- Albert Einstein

"There is just no reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes. Man can live without meat."                                                                          -- The Dalai Lama

"If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."                                                                                                          -- Leonardo-da-Vinci

"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."                                                                               -- Gandhi

"Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."                                                                                     -- Benjamin Franklin

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, so that he may know the evil from the good."                                                                    -- Isaiah 7:14-15

"...Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat..."                                   -- Genesis 1:29

"Thou shalt not kill."                                                                                                                         -- Exodus 20:13

"One should treat animals such as deer, camels, asses, monkeys, mice, snakes, birds and flies exactly like one's own son. How little difference there actually is between children and these innocent animals."                                                                                                                                           -- Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.9

"To avoid causing terror to living beings, let the disciple refrain from eating meat...the food of the wise is that which is consumed by the sadhus (holy men), it does not consist of meat.. There may be a few foolish people in the future who will say I permitted meat-eating and that I partook of meat myself, but meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit meat-eating in any form in future, in any manner and in any place. It is unconditionally prohibited for all.                                                    -- Lord Buddha

"We pray on Sundays that we may have light/To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;/We are sick of war, we don't want to fight,/And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead."                     -- George Bernard Shaw  

"Every act of irreverence for life, every act which neglects life, which is indifferent to and wastes life, is a step  towards   the love  of  death. This  choice   man  must  make  at   every  minute.  Never   were   the  consequences of the wrong choice as total and as irreversible as they are today. Never was the warning of the Bible so urgent: "I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life, that you and your children may live."                                                                                      (Deuteronomy 30:19) --Erich Fromm

"Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God."                                                     -- Cardinal John H. Newman

"Plant life instead of animal food is the keystone of regeneration. Jesus used bread instead of flesh and wine in place of blood at the Lord's Supper."                                      -- German Composer Richard Wagner (1813)

"Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. To harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator."                                     -- Red Indian Chief (1854)

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."                                                     -- St. Francis of Assisi

"Killing  is a denial  of love. To kill  or  to eat  what another has killed  is  to  rejoice  in cruelty.  And cruelty hardens our hearts and blinds our vision, and we are unable to see that they whom we kill  are  our fellow brothers and sisters in the One Family of Creation."                            -- G.L. Rudd, author of "Why Kill For Food?"

"Vegetarianism is a way of life that we should all move toward for economic survival, physical well-being and spiritual integrity."                                                          -- Father Thomas Berry, Fordham University, New York

"To be non-violent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of poor animals is Satan's philosophy. In this age there is always enmity against 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 the strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally... "The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets  that involve  no bloodshed or slaughter;  only  beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass. As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."                                                                                                        -- Pythagoras

"For my part  I rather wonder both by what accident  and  in what state of mind  the first man touched  his mouth to gore and brought his lips  to the flesh  of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb?  How could his nose endure  the stench?  How was it that the pollution  did not  turn away  his taste, which made  contact  with sores  of  others  and  sucked  juices  and  serums from  mortal  wounds?  It is  certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being." 

"If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of axe."                                                                                                                    ----  Plutarch in his essay "On Eating Flesh"

"The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit...One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts..."                                                                                                             -- St. Basil (AD 320 - 79)

"...Ethics has not only to do with mankind  but with the animal creation as well.  This  is  witnessed  in  the purpose of St. Francis of Assisi. Thus we shall arrive that ethics is reverence for all life. This is the ethic of love widened universally.   It is the ethic  of  Jesus,  now  recognized  as a necessity  of  thought...   Only a universal ethic which embraces every living creature can put us in touch with the universe and the will which is there manifest..."                                                                                                            -- Albert Schweitzer

"I am full of the burnt offering of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I delight not in the blood  of  bullocks, or of lambs,  or of goats...Bring no more  vain  offerings... When you spread forth  your hands,  I will hide  mine eyes though you make many prayers, and I will not hear you. For your hands are full of blood."--Isaiah1:11-15

"I will have mercy and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings..."              -- Hosea 6:6

"...Therefore the Lord will give you meat and you shall eat. You shall not eat one day or two days, or ten days or twenty days, but till it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord..."  (a devilish punishment for disobedience)                               -- Numbers 11:18-20

"...He who gives permission, he who kills the animal, he who sells the slaughtered animal, he who cooks the animal, he who administers the distribution of the flesh, and at last he who eats the flesh products are all murderers and all of them are punishable under the law of karma."                       -- The Laws of Manu (5:55)

"Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat."                                      -- Manu

"Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying of corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh."                                                                                -- Manu

"Those who never harm others by (physical deeds), by thought and speech, in whatever condition they may be, do not go to Yama's abode. Men who harm other creatures do not go to heaven, in spite of their reciting Vedas, giving gifts, practicing austerities or performing sacrifices. Harmlessness is a great form of piety. Harmlessness alone is a great penance. Harmlessness is a great gift. This what the sages say."                                                                                                                                           -- Padma Purana III 31-25-28

"Whoever eats raw or cooked flesh, and whoever destroys a fetus shall be destroyed by us from here."                                                                                                                                                   -- Atharva Veda 8.6.23

"A cruel and wretched person who maintains his existence at the cost of others' lives deserves to be killed for his own eternal well being, otherwise he will go down by his own actions." Bhagavatam 1.7.37 

"The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin." Bhagavad Gita3:13  

"One  who loves Krishna  will  give Him   whatever  He wants, and he avoids offering  anything  which  is undesirable or  unasked for. Thus, meat, fish and eggs  should not be offered  to  Krishna... Vegetables, grains, fruits, milk and water are the proper foods for human beings and are prescribed by Lord Krishna Himself. Whatever else you eat, can not be offered to Him, since He will not accept it."  Swami Prabhupada

It is the order of the true Lord to the entire body of the Khalsa, that they shall abstain from bhang, tobacco, opium, alcohol and desist from eating meat, fish, eggs, nor indulge in theft and lust..."          Hukum-nama

"All tremble at Violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill or cause another to kill."                                                                                                                            -- Dhammapada 130

"He who has renounced all Violence towards all living beings, weak or strong, who neither kills nor causes other to kill - him do I call a holy man"                                                                                      -- Dhammapada 405

"It is said about Lord Buddha sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pasu-ghatam. He saw the whole human race going to hell by this animal killing. So he appeared to teach ahimsa, nonviolence, being compassionate on the animals and human beings.      In the Christian religion also, it is clearly stated, 'Thou shall not kill'. So everywhere animal killing is restricted. In no religion the killing of animals is allowed. But nobody is caring. The killing process is increasing, and so are the reactions. Every ten years you will find a war. These are the reactions."                                                                                                   H.D.G.  A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

"We cannot separate ourselves from those whom we call the 'lower' animals. They are lower in the scale of evolution,  but they,  like us,  are members  of the One Family. We must not take away  the life  of any creature. Indeed, we must never take away that which we cannot give. And as we cannot restore a dead creature to life, we have no right to take away its' life."                                -- J.P. Vaswani, "Why Kill For Food?"

"There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you."                                                                                                                              -- Koran, surah 6 verse 38

"Therewith He causes crops to grow for you, and the olive and the date-palm and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo! Herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect."                                     -- Koran, surah 16, verse 11

"A token unto them is the dead earth. We revive it, and we bring forth from it grain so that they will eat thereof. And we have placed therein gardens of the date-palm and grapes, and We have placed therein. That they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands created it not. Will they not, then, give thanks? "                                         .                                                                                           -- Koran, surah 36, verses 33-35

"Maim not the brute beasts...Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures is kind to himself...He who takes pity (even) on a sparrow and spares its life. Allah will be merciful on him on the day of judgment."                                                                                                                                                   -- Prophet Mohammed

Once someone asked  George Bernard Shaw  how it was that he looked so youthful.  "I don't," Shaw retorted. "I look my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses?" "A diet consisting of any staple grain with milk, milk products and green leafy vegetables contains not only the right kind and amount of protein but everything else the body needs for health, strength and well-being  of balanced mind  ."                                                      -- Sir Robert McCarrison

"Flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling: killing. By   killing, man  suppresses  in  himself, unnecessarily,  the   highest   spiritual   capacity,  that  of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself, and by violating his own feelings becomes rule."                                          .                                                                                                                       -- Leo Tolstoy

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