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Historical example of vegetarian culture 

































Let us step back in time to the fathers of religion and philosophy to bring back the moral and ethic background that is the basis of all civilization.

There are many examples throughout history of famous people who expounded vegetarianism.

The famous author George Bernard Shaw wrote, when he was told that he looked very youthful whereas others of the same age did not, he answered: "I look my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses?"

Many great leaders of the past and present enlightened by their large wisdom were vegetarian. Pythagoras said, "Oh, my fellow men do not defile your bodies with sinful foods. We have corn, apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines. There are sweet-flavoured herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey. 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." Plutarch wrote of Pythagoras that, not only was he a vegetarian, but he even paid the fisherman to release his catch back into the sea. Actually, in every true civilization of man, eating flesh is not recommended.   The Roman author Plutarch wrote in his book, On Eating Flesh, "Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstinence from flesh? I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched to his mouth the gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, sat 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." He further wrote, "It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defence; 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 duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being." He even further challenged, "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."

An Indian apostle of nonviolence, Mahatma Gandhi, who was also a vegetarian, wrote five books on vegetarianism. He said, "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." Because India was under the foreign rule of Islam and England for a long period of time, some citizens adopted meat-eating habits. The food of Mahatma Gandhi included grains, beans, lemons and honey. He wrote to his friends who had adopted meat-eating, "It is necessary to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind, passive or inert in action. I do not regard flesh-food as necessary at any stage.

Modern man has the tendency to divert away from his moral heritage, and glide into the abyss of lust, anger and envy. Our new technical way of life sometimes makes us forget the real goal of life. I don't mean to say that all technology is bad, but there must be a balance. Let's take the best of both, the ancient and modern worlds and live the right way. This is the only way to become really happy.



































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