October 22, 2014
Leo Tolstoy the famous Russian mystic writer of international repute writes: “This is dreadful! Not the suffering and death of the animals, but that 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 cruel.”
October 30, 2014
The great artist Leonardo da Vinci of Italy (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) writes “I have from an early age, abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 to November 2, 1950) the great writer and critic of England writes “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal conditions on the earth.” “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”
November 13, 2014 Jean-Jacques Rousseau a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century said “The animals you eat are not those who devour others; you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger for the sweet and gentle creatures which harm no one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service.”
November 20, 2014
God’s compassion and love for His creation denote another, often overlooked reason for vegetarianism. With the mounting scientific evidence that a meatless diet offers a more healthful life, and that eating flesh shortens one’s lifespan, reason dictates that God would choose a vegetarian diet for His children.
- Steven Rosen
December 4, 2014
Ahimsa is loosely translated today to mean “non-violence”. The original understanding of the term according to the Vedic literature, however, was broader than that. It would serve us well to understand the original implications of the word ahimsa… since it is an integral part of Eastern thought and theology in general.
If one actually wants to practice “ahimsa”, one must cultivate a mind full of friendliness (mettacitta), non-anger (avera), and non-ill-will (abyapajja). The words one utters ought to be non-harsh (akakkasa) and non - hurting (na abhisajjana). Strictly speaking, not giving trouble to others is also considered “ahimsa”.