युक्ताहारविहारस्य युक्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु |
युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगो भवति दुःखहा || ६ १७ ||
yogo bhavati duhkhahaa (SBG 6:17)
A person who is moderate in eating, in recreation, in sleeping, in working, in sleep as well as in wakefulness destroys all misery through Yoga.
रस्याः स्निग्धाः स्थिरा हृद्या आहाराः सात्त्विकप्रियाः || १७ ८ ||
rasyaaha snigdhaaha sthiraa hridyaa
aahaaraaha saattvika-priyaaha (SBG 17:08)
Foods which augment life, purity, strength, health, happiness and contentment, which are delicious, succulent, substantial and agreeable, are dear to people with the Sattva Guna.
The Greek platonist philosopher Plutarch, who lived between 46 and 119 CE said in his essay on flesh-eating:
The human body has no need for foods that come from animals. As Plutarch says in his essay, humans cannot kill an animal with their teeth or nails and eat it raw without altering its original state.
He also said in his essay, “But more than this – not even, after your victims have been killed, will you eat them just as they are from the slaughterhouse. You boil, roast, and altogether metamorphose them by fire and condiments. You entirely alter and disguise the murdered animal by use of ten thousand sweet herbs and spices, that your natural taste may be deceived and be prepared to take the unnatural food.”
That was about meat and you definitely need to think about the fodder that animals are fed, and the steroid hormone drugs that are used on animals to enhance meat and dairy production.
When did you last think of all the production enhancing substances that are used in the dairy and poultry industries?
Have you ever seen animals queing up before abattoirs or bovine animals lining up before dairy farms to offer their meat and milk respectively? What else but absolute cruelty it is to kill an animal that wants to live its full life, or steal the milk that a bovine animal produces for its own babies? Sorry for this cheeky question, and with all respect to women, would you be willing to consume human milk? No? Then why the milk of female animal? And then you call the cow your mother? Really? Show me where in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita ask people to drink milk or offer Him milk. The fact is that humans are the only species that drink mammary milk even in their adulthood. No animal does that. Have you seen bulls or cows drinking milk even if it was their own mother’s?
Patrik Baboumian a famous Iranian-born German-Armenian VEGAN bodybuilder was once asked, “How can you get as strong as an ox without eating any meat?” Patrik’s answer was, “Have you ever seen an ox eating meat?”
Adult humans around the world are typically lactose intolerant, which means they can no longer consume animal milk and certain dairy products without having digestive problems once weaned from breast milk.
My golden advice to you: RESEARCH WELL.
I am no qualified food or health expert and therefore, I shall not be advising anyone anything on this matter, but all I would say is that you research well and be absolutely sure about what you and your family members consume. ‘We follow what the older generations in our family have been doing’ is not sensible excuse or argument.
Vedanta, which is the ultimate stage of Vedic studies is when a seeker realises the All-pervading Nature of the nondual Divine principle, Brahman, Paramartha Tattvam or Krishna, which is the SELF in all living beings. All living beings, no matter how small or big, are equally Divine, and humans surely have no right over other species.
Here is the sixth of the Ishavasya Upanishad, which is a highly essential Upanishad of the Vedanta philosophy:
यस् तु सर्वाणि भूतान्य्
आत्मन्य् एवानुपश्यति ।
ततो न विजुगुप्सते ॥ ६ ॥
yastu sarvaani bhuutaan-yaatman-yevaanu pashyati
sarva bhuuteshu chaathmaanan
tato na viju gupsate (IU 06)
He who sees all beings in the Self and the Self in all beings, and by virtue of that wisdom feels no hatred.
There are some films I suggest that everyone watches because they can be real eye-openers. Please find below links to some films that I would strongly recommend.
After having been a pure vegan for ten years, I can say with certitude that my diet and my physical activities have helped me to such an extent that I am simply amazed. I am certainly fitter, stronger, and healthier than I was a decade ago.
By the way, although I teach the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, I do not see any need for me to sport a long beard, wear strange clothes, or speak in a slow and effeminate manner.
समं सर्वेषु भूतेषु तिष्ठन्तं परमेश्वरम् |
विनश्यत्स्वविनश्यन्तं यः पश्यति स पश्यति || १३ २७ ||
samam sarveshu bhooteshu
yah pashyati sa pashyati
The person who truly sees is the one who sees the Supreme Soul or Supreme Bhagavan, existing equally in all beings – the unperishing within the perishing.
योगयुक्तो विशुद्धात्मा विजितात्मा जितेन्द्रियः |
सर्वभूतात्मभूतात्मा कुर्वन्नपि न लिप्यते || ५ ७ ||
sarva bhootaatma bhootaatmaa
kurvannapi na lipyate (5:07)
A person, who is devoted to the path of selfless action, has a pure mind or a purified soul, has his body and senses under control, is compassionate to all living beings and sees his Self in them, although engaged in work, is never in bondage.
I am proud to be a Vegan Vedantist, which gives me a wonderful feeling that is simply indescribable. I am extremely careful about what I consume and where I consume. Eating out is something I stopped a long time ago. Never take anything or anyone for granted. Do not forget that the only goal of the health and food industries is to make money. They just do not care about your health. Therefore, study, research, learn and go for plant-based whole foods. Avoid packaged foods as far as possible.
Some useful videos which you may watch for the good of yourself and your loved ones.
Yep. I completed 10 years of being PURE VEGAN.
Go VEGAN, exercise regularly and stay calm.
I wish you great, physical, mental, emotional and Karmic health.
Jai Shri Krishna.