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Nonviolence or compassion: The principal rejection of all unnecessary violence with whatever goal one may have in mind. In Sanskrit it is called ahimsâ, which stands for nonviolence, not to injure, to be harmless, to be safe and secure. If you do something that is positive for you, everyone else and for the world, then you are a person of nonviolence. Nonviolence means also to learn the "law of love". Nonviolence is further:
- not to deny opportunities for development, not to abuse, not to damage (also to control one's tongue), not to exploit, not to pollute, not to destroy.
- psychological-structural/physical violence: not to hurt/wound, not to torture, not to kill.
- not to affect traditions and structures of communities; protection of the environment (animals, plants, mineral, matter, cosmos). Our humanity lives in the shadow of an enormous increase of production of weapons of destruction. A waste of 1500 billon dollars on a yearly basis; money which otherwise could be used to help alleviate the fundamental needs of humanity. See also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With a nonviolent lifestyle is one also not of unnecessary violence against nature in general and against animals in particular, and is one thus a vegetarian, a human being who doesn't eat meat. The word 'vegetarian' is derived from the Latin word vegetus, which means "intact, undamaged", "healthy", "fresh" or "full of life", as for example in homo vegetus (a mentally and physically powerful person). The original meaning of the word suggests a philosophically and morally well balanced lifestyle.
Vegetarianism: hygienic vegetarianism has at its basis the belief that eating the flesh of animals causes animalistic properties in the person, while ethical vegetarianism objects against the killing of animals (or having them killed).
A Vegetarian: does not eat meat, fish and poultry. Strictly vegetarian people do not consume coagulant stemming from animals (processed in most of the different types of cheese) and no gelatine produced from the bones of animal (for example often used in yoghurt), and no eggs.
Veganism: science, lifestyle of vegetarians who do not consume animal products and do not use products made of animals, such as leather, wool, silk etc. (for as much as it is possible and is deemed practical)
Don't fight against others with illusions, but against illusions with others.<br> Aadhar
Different types of Vegetarians
- Lacto-vegetarianism: the most common form; diet with dairy products but no meat, fish and eggs. In the production process of eggs many male chicks are killed in a shredder. It is important to keep one's protein intake in check as found in grains, beans, nuts and cheese. Most of the vegetarians in India and the Mediterranean Sea area.
Most vegetarians are people who understood that, in order to contribute to a more peaceful society, they first have to solve the problem of inner violence. It is therefore not that surprising that thousands of people of different styles and ways of living, in search of the truth, have become vegetarians. To be a vegetarian is an essential step towards the ideal of a better society, and people taking the trouble to think about the advantages of vegetarianism, find themselves in the company of great and famous personalities like Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Clemens of Alexandria, Buddha, Leonardo da Vinci, King Âs'oka (273 BC-232 BC), Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Montaigne, John Milton, Thomas Moore, Isaac Newton, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, Bhagavân S'ri Sathya Sai Baba, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupâda, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Henriette Roland Holst, Albert Schweitzer, Wouter J. Bos, Rudolf Steiner and many more.
Plants are the only living creatures able to produce their own food.
Arguments to become a Vegetarian
People have been eating animals since at least the Ice Age, when, so say some anthropologists, our early ancestors abandoned a plant-oriented diet in favor of one containing meat. The custom of meat-eating has continued to the present day, through necessity (as with the Eskimo), habit, or conditioning. Most of all, the practice has continued due to lack of awareness.
Moreover, meat-eating today involves - for the animal - a long and cruel process of forced imprisonment, biological manipulation, transportation over long distances in crowded and unsanitary conditions, and finally, violent death in the slaughterhouse. After that, the poor animals' remains are eaten.
Health and Food
The central question concerning vegetarian diets used to be whether it would be healthy to eliminate meat and other animal foods. Now, however, the main question has become whether it is healthier to be a vegetarian than to be a meat eater. The answer to both questions, based on currently available evidence, seems to be yes. Today, with increasing evidence of a diet's critical effect on good health and longevity, more and more people are investigating this question. Is the human body better suited to a vegetarian diet or to one that includes meat? It has been proven by medical research that there is a connection between consuming meat and deadly diseases like heartconditions and cancer. Ever since has being a vegetarian been observed with more interest (1).
- Already in the sixties scientists suspected that a meat-diet was connected with the development of arteriosclerosis and heart-diseases. In 1961 an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that: "Ninety to ninetyseven procent of heart-diseases could be prevented by a vegetarian diet" (2).
- Also since then various scientific studies demonstrated that the consumption of meat - and the use of alcohol and tobacco - is the prime cause of death in Western-Europe, the United States, Australia and other thriving areas in the world (3).
- The human body can't handle and incorporate great amounts of animal fat and cholesterol that well (4).
- An opinion poll among 214 scientists doing research in the area of arteriosclerosis in 23 countries, showed an almost 100% unanimous view that there exists a connection between the diet, a certain cholesterol level and heart diseases (5).
- Dr.ir. R.J.J. Hermus, scientific researcher at the Wageningen University and advisor of the Heart Foundation in Holland declared here: "We, the nutritionists unanimous agree that a more or less vegetarian lifestyle is the one and only way to reduce the cholesterol level in our body. And less cholesterol in the blood serum means less chance on vascular constriction and a feared heart attack. So, a vegetarian diet could free us, already in a relative short period of time, from disease number one in the West." (6)
- Scientific researchers at the University of Milan and the Academic Hospital of Maggiore have demonstrated that vegetable proteins are conducive for keeping a low cholesterol level. In a report published in the English Medical Journal, The Lancet, concluded D.C.R. Sirtori, that "people with such a high cholesterol level that it could cause a heart condition, certainly can benefit from a diet where protein exclusively comes from vegetables." (7)
- So, what about cancer? Scientific research of the last twenty years clearly points at a connection between the consumption of meat and cancer in the colon, rectum, womb and breasts. These kinds of cancer are found less often with people who rarely or never eat meat, like the Japanese (who more frequently develop other kinds of cancer like gullet cancer as the result of consuming smoked fish and alcohol) and Indians. However, forementioned types of cancer occur with population groups consuming large amounts of meat (8).
- Another article in The Lancet reports: "Most of the people suffering from intestinal cancer, in general live on a diet with much animal fat and animal protein. People living in areas where less cases of intestinal cancer occur, are to a large extent vegetarians" (9).
- Rollo Russel says in his Notes on the Causation of Cancer: "I have discovered that nineteen of the twentyfive countries where a lot of meat is consumed, a high percentage of cancer cases occurred and only one country with a low percentage."
- Why seem non-vegetarians much more susceptible to these kind of diseases? A general explanation given by biologists and nutritionists is that the human intestinal canal is just not suitable to digest meat. Meat eating animals have short intestines (approx. three times the body length), so that decomposed and toxic meat can be excreted quickly. Since vegetarian food does not rot fast, have the vegetarians intestines six times their body length. A human being has long intestines like a herbivore. If a person eats meat the toxins can overburden the kidneys, which further can lead to diseases as gout, arthritis, rheumatism, cancer and many other diseases (10).
- Next to that, are chemicals added to meat. As soon as the animal has been slaughtered, the rotting process starts and after a couple of days the meat color becomes morbid grey-greenish. Meat industries try to hide this by adding nitrate, nitrite and other preservatives to meat so as to feign a 'healthy' red color. Research again has proven that many of these preservatives are carcinogenic (11).
- The situation is deteriorating because of the fact that an enormous amount of chemicals are fed to the cattle. Gary and Steven Null point this out in their book 'Poisons in Your Body' from which people might think twice before they again buy a steak or a slice of bacon. "The animals are kept alive feeding them fat and by continuously administering various sedatives, antibiotics, hormones and a lot of other medicines. This treatment already starts before birth and ends long after the death of an animal. Since these medicines are still present in the meat at the time it is consumed, it is not precribed by law that these medicines should be mentioned on the packing."
- It is because of these findings that the American National Academy of Sciences in 1983 has stated that people can prevent getting cancer by eating less meat and more vegetables and grains (12). Is the human body not suitable for digesting meat? Don't we need animal protein? The answer to both questions is "no". Although anthropologists and historians say that historically humans are omnivores (eating animal food products and vegetables), our anatomical equipment - our teeth and digestion system - shows a preference for a meatless diet. The American Dietetic Association has determined that "the biggest part of human race has lived on a vegetarian or predominantly vegetarian diet for long in history. Since then the human body has not adopted to a non-vegetarian diet." The Swedish scientist, Karl von Linne, declared: "If we compare the physique of a human being, as well as inward and outward with that of an animal, then the food of a human being should consist of vegetables and fruits."
Grasses are the greatest single source of wealth on earth
- The following can be said about protein: The daily amount of protein officially recommended 20 years ago, has gone down from 150 to 45 grams, the amount for the time being. Why? Because reliable scientific research has shown throughout the world that we do not need that much protein and that the actual need does not amount to 30 to 45 grams per day. Consuming more than the daily need could be considered a cause of diseases as cancer en heartconditions. You do not need to eat meat to get 45 gram protein out of your diet; good sources of protein in a vegetarian diet are grains, vegetables, beans, nuts and fruit. Dairy products, grains, beans and nuts are high concentrated sources for protein. Cheese, peanuts and lentils contain more protein per 100 grams than hamburgers, pork or steak (see also vitaminstable). (13)
- Still, nutritionists thought that meat, fish, eggs en dairy products were the only providers of high quality protein (that is containing the eight amino acids not produced by the body itself), and that all vegetable proteins were not capable of the same (because they miss one or more amino acids). Research at the Max Planck Institute Germany and the Karolinska Institute Sweden however has proven that most of the vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and grains combined in a diet are excellent sources for the body to make it own high quality protein (see above). In fact, these "imperfect" proteins are more easy for the body to digest than the proteins in meat. It is almost impossible to suffer a lack in protein if one enjoys sufficient natural unrefined food. The plant world is the true source of all protein. Vegetarians eat it "straight(forward)" (14).
- An overdosis of high quality protein in a diet decreases even the energy in the body. At the University of Yale a series of comparative tests have been done concerning diet- and stamina. Vegetarians did twice better than non-vegetarians (meat-eaters). When the amount of protein with the non-vegetarian group was reduced with 20%, their performance went up with 33% (15).
- On top of that, many more research results have shown that a well balanced vegetarian diet gives more energy than a non-vegetarian diet. Also, research at the University of Brussels has indicated that vegetarians can endure physical exercises two to three times longer than meat-eaters without getting very tired and that vegetarians recover five times faster.
'All flesh is grass' - even coal and petroleum are plant life of the past.
Biochemistry of the filognostic diet
The reason that we feel hungry with a vegetarian diet and even may experience emotional instability is caused by a wrong composition of nutrients. Compared to a meal with meat, one has to, if one is a filognostic person, i.e. loves knowledge, think of a sufficient variation and quantity in one's vegetarian diet in order not to suffer a shortage or a surplus. I.e.
See further also Filognosy and Vegetarian Sharing: What's a good vegetarian diet?
"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind." - Albert Einstein.
Meat feeds few at the expense of many. For the sake of producing meat, grain that could feed people feeds livestock instead. According to information compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture, over ninety percent of all the grain produced in America goes to feed livestock - cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens - that wind up on dinner tables (15). In Great Britain eighty-five it is percent. Yet the process of using grain to produce meat is incredibly wasteful. Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that for every sixteen pounds of grain fed to cattle, we get back only one pound of meat. (16).
In their book Population, Resources and Environment (22) Paul and Anne Ehrlich show that to grow one pound of wheat requires only sixty pounds of water, whereas production of one pound of meat requires anywhere from 2.500 to 6.000 pounds of water.
But now let's turn from the world geopolitical situation, and get right down to our own pocketbooks. A spot check (2006) of supermarkets showed that sirloin steak cost around four dollars a pound, while ingredients for a delicious, substantial vegetarian meal average less than two dollars a pound. An eight-ounce container of cottage cheese costing sixty cents provides sixty percent of the minimum daily requirement of protein.
One pound of tofu costs 0,85 eurocent. Tofu is an excellent source for high quality protein and also some B-vitamins. Tofu and tahoe are two different names for the same product: an alternative for meat, made of soybeans. Tofu is the chinese name and tahoe the indonesian name for this product. Diets rich with animal proteins cause more loss of calcium via urine. A replacement of animal protein by soy-protein (in combination with grains) can help prevent this loss in human bones. If you would become a vegetarian it would save you many dollars (euros) a year; and that means tenthousands of dollars/euros during your whole life. Savings (see also money) of consumers would increase to millions of dollars/euros a year all over the world. If we would take this in account and look at this all together then one has difficulty to understand how one can allow oneself not to be a vegetarian!
People consider the ethical reasons the most important of all for becoming vegetarian. The beginning of ethical vegetarianism is the knowledge that other creatures have feelings, and that their feelings are similar to ours. This knowledge encourages one to extend personal awareness to encompass the suffering of others. In an essay titled The Ethics of Vegetarianism, from the journal of the North American Vegetarian Society, the conception of humane animal slaughter is refuted:
"Many people nowadays have been lulled into a sense of complacency by the thought that animals are now slaughtered 'humanely', thus presumably removing any possible humanitarian objection to the eating of meat. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the actual facts of life... and death. The entire life of a captive 'food animal' is an unnatural one of artificial breeding, vicious castration and/or hormone stimulation, feeding of an abnormal diet for fattening purposes, and eventually long rides in intense discomfort to the ultimate end. All 'superfluous body parts' like tails, canine teeth, beak tops are cut off or burned off. No mercy is shown while 'treating' the animal. The holding pens, the electric prods and tail twisting, the abject terror and fright, all these are still very much a part of the most 'modern' animal raising, shipping, and slaughtering. In bio industry animals change into 'units of meat production'. What counts is efficiency and profit. To accept all this and only oppose the callous brutality of the last few seconds of the animals' life, is to distort the word 'humane'."
The truth of animal slaughter is not at all pleasant - commercial slaughterhouses are like visions of hell. Screaming animals are stunned by hammer blows, electric shock, or concussion guns. They are hoisted into the air by their feet and moved through the factories of death on mechanized conveyor systems. Still alive, their throats are sliced and their flesh is cut off while they bleed to death. Why isn't the mutilation and slaughter of farm animals governed by the same stipulations intended for the welfare of pets and even the laboratory rat? Many people would no doubt take up vegetarianism if they visited a slaughterhouse, of if they themselves had to kill the animals they ate. Such visits should be compulsory for all meat eaters.
In an essay titled On Eating Flesh, the Roman author Plutarch wrote: "Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstinence from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set 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 ... 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 the duration of life they are entitled to by birth and being." Plutarch then delivered this challenge to flesh-eaters: "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 ax."
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