by Light and Sun - [email protected]
VEGAN: One who abstains from supporting businesses or
consumer products derived from cruelty to animals.
THE Vegan Concept is not a fad that will pass with time.
It is the birth of compassion, a concern for others, which is the single
most important step in the next evolution of humankind.
Some of the brightest, most significant minds in the
history of our world, such as; Pythagorus, Socrates, Plato, Plutarch,
DaVinci, Tolstoy, Tagore, Buddha, Rousseau, Shelley, Thoreau, Isaac
Bashevis Singer, George Bernard Shaw, Einstein, Gandhi and Schweitzer,
were vegetarians, for ethical reasons. In their quest for truth, they
all experienced a similar epiphany: that compassion is the heart of the
Vegetarianism for them was a religion, based upon a
concept of God as perfect love. They reasoned that in order to
understand God, one must first aspire to understand love. When they
realized that the essence of love is compassion, opposing cruelty became
an essential prerequisite for this aspiration.
In these present times, we see so much that we long to
change: violence, world hunger, greed, waste, war, disease. Too often,
we feel powerless to do anything about it. And yet, simply by refusing
to support cruelty, we, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., will
exert a power over insensitive bigotry, be it toward other humans, or
other species. Miguel Cervantes says in Don Quixote, "The maddest thing
of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be" For those of us
who seek, the higher spiritual levels, it is not enough to see life as
it should be; we must do all we can to make life as it should be.
The pitiable plight of animals calls out to our
conscience, pleading with us to extend our boundaries of compassion to
encompass their suffering. Vegans hearing these cries, are experiencing
a new form of self-esteem, which invariably accompanies acts of kindness
and altruism. Better health of body and mind, a safer, cleaner
environment, and a spiritual renaissance, offer even further inspiration
for such commitment.
Try this life giving experiment, stop using all animal
products for two weeks and at the end of those two weeks see how you
feel. See if you feel better about your health, your life and your
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