God Does Not Eat Meat
By Arthur Poletti
God Does Not Eat Meat
by Swami Chinmayananda
Commentary On Vegetarianism
Question: Why is vegetarian food considered better in India?
Answer: Eat we must. What we like to eat depends upon one’s taste. There are only four things available – stones, plants, animals, and humans.
Unfortunately we cannot eat stones because our system is not geared to digest
and assimilate them directly. And even though we sometimes destroy human beings
with our cruelty, our progressive culture
does not allow eating them. That leaves us the vegetable and animal kingdom to choosefrom. No doubt, since prehistoric times, animals have been eaten, but we find that the veryfirst progenitor of humanity, Adam himself, was eating only vegetables. It is only his second son who started this easy method of obtaining food because agriculture seemed to be too difficult for him, as it required a continuous process of putting forward effort in order to produce. Whereas sitting behind a stone, waiting for innocent animals to come along, and destroying and eating them seemed to be the easier way!
Question: How did the idea of vegetarianism develop in India?
Answer: We learned that vegetables can stay fresh up to forty - eight hours, but meat deteriorates and becomes harmful very quickly.
Furthermore, within the human body, during the process of digestion, food remains in the digestive system for about forty-eight hours. Fruit and vegetables digest much faster than meat. Whatever stays longer in the intestines starts to decay with the heat of the body system, which creates a lot of toxins.
Let me explain this idea of toxicity a little more. You must have noticed that generally man eats other animals. It is very difficult for man to digest and assimilate carnivorous animals.
This suggests that they must be highly toxic to his system. It also suggests that a certain amount of toxicity is present in the first round of eaten animals, because twice removed the meat of carnivorous animals becomes impossible to eat!
Question: In what way does vegetarian food help a person’s mind? Did people discoverthat it affects the mental temperament?
Answer: The food that we take in and the thoughts and actions that spring forth from us have a distinct relationship. In the computer world, there is a well known saying, garbage in, garbage out. This seems to be true of our bodies as well. If you put toxic food – garbage – into your system, in the long run the texture of your thoughts and actions have a tendency to become extremely selfish, less concerned for others, and lusty, and therefore potentially dangerous to the social order.
Thus we can see that toxins in the system bring about a lot of mental
disturbances. The same principle applies to drinking alcohol. Since our culture
is essentially geared for the life of meditation, the mind that is constantly
agitated and wandering finds it difficult to plunge
into meditation. To such an individual, the toxin is an obstacle in reaching his goal. Probably this must have been the reason why; the rishis in the jungles ate only fruits, roots, leaves, and drank water.
Those who eat non-vegetarian food may be very uncontrolled because of toxins in their food. Watch a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian animal. All herbaceous animals are available for eating; whereas the non-vegetarian or carnivorous animals are never eaten, even by hard core non-vegetarians.
Why is this?
Because carnivorous animals have got so much toxicity in them that it means almost death to eat them.
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