Friday, October 22, 2010

Vegetarian - a way of life!

What is good and bad or right and wrong differs from person to person. I believe that what many of us accept as good is what majority of people around us follow and bad is what the minority suggest. Over a period of time when the minority becomes majority, bad turns out good and vice versa. And this cycle revolves as human lifestyle evolves. So there is no room for any argument here. Rather, I would respect other’s belief and keep moving on with my own. But, as someone puts it, the question is NOT, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” I can’t.

It’s been 8 years now and I was in India at that time. A good friend of mine apprized me of the advantages of being a vegetarian. One day, I saw hundreds of chicken tied and dumped in an open truck on their way to butcher and had witnessed how they are killed. I came across few slaughter house websites where I had watched the cows, pigs, lambs and chickens screaming for life and cursing us for doom. I confronted karma even though I heard some of them pray, “Oh! God, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing.” It was like, I had cared much about what I wear outside and treated my inner body as trash bin and had filled it up with dead meat. It was like, I had reasoned my soul that I cannot take any responsibility for what someone do on my behalf. It was like, I had thought that, closing my eyes makes the world dark and had been closing my eyes for years. As always, my conscience overruled all Gods and I quit.

Being a vegetarian is bliss and makes me less prone to any of those richest diseases. Being less harmful to the environment, I feel more natural. Beans, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, legumes, mushroom, potato, red/green pepper, spinach, soy, tomato, avocado, berries and apples replaced all iniquitous meat. I survived.

Vegetarian/Vegan Blogs I follow - I would give five stars for Vaishali's recipes - Geetha Achal has many wonderful healthy, tasty vegetarian recipes

Quotes from famous Vegetarians
To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana ~ Buddha

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~ Albert Einstein

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. ~ Mark Twain

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. ~ George Bernard Shaw


  1. I agree with you. Vegetarianism is better, at least health wise.

    I have a question for intellectual discussion. You had stated animals were screaming for life at slaughter houses. We are told vegetables also have life. They grow from seed. In a strict sense, we “slaughter” them also. Only difference is, like animals, they don’t scream. They silently meet their fate.

    At the same time, if we keep arguing like this, then there is no end.

  2. An excellent post. Graphic description of tied chickens in a truck and stomach like a trash can make me think are got me thinking for sure. I do eat chicken but did not look it from this perspective. Thanks!

    Very good start to the post too.

    Seems like your motto-> quality posts...not necessarily quantity.

  3. SG, Thank you for your comment. I do not say that the benefit is only health wise. In these 8 years there is a major transition inside me which can never be explained and can only be experienced. That is one question people always ask me and try to put me in an argument...which I really don't want to get in:) because they knew that it is not the absolute truth.

  4. Appreciate your comment A. Yes, I only wanted to write things that run deep inside me, that's why it is a journey through life experiences - from my diary:)

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  6. Nice write up .I am a vegetarian and will always support vegetarianism.But this post and those videos could possibly transform many non -vegetarians also.Those videos of cow and pig slaughtering were really disgusting.

  7. everything is good
    our life style is controlled by society.

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