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The problem of meat-
The Origin Of Meat-
In the fact that the big fish eats the little fish, and the new-
The elephant and the rhinoceros are equally as strong as lions and tigers, and still they are vegetarians. Man learned to eat vegetables and develop the vegetable-
As in Nature, we find more carnivorous animals than vegetarian animals, so we find that more people subsist on meat than on vegetables alone. Many people say that meat eating produces cancer and shortens life. I believe that overeating of meat tends to produce more disease than overeating of vegetables.
The elephant and the tortoise, who live on vegetables, live a long time. Cows live on vegetables, yet they die early, and dogs live on vegetables, but mostly meat, and they are short-
Longevity depends not only upon proper eating, but also upon breathing less, not overworking the heart, proper elimination, control of sex-
The Interdependence of Life
In Nature we find that the vegetables eat the earth chemicals, and the birds, beasts, and human beings eat the vegetables and animals. The vegetables like a meat fertilizer, such as the dried blood and bones of the putrefied bodies of animals, while animals eat human flesh. Human beings eat the animals, vegetables, and earth chemicals through food and medicine, and the grand old earth is always hungry and is cannibalistic, since out of its womb all the chemicals composing living organisms came, and into its all-
The Difference Between Vegetables and Meat
Vegetables and animals are different only in the degree of manifestation of life. Prof. J.C. Bose, of India, has proved that vegetables have a nervous system responding to favorable stimuli through pleasure and to unfavorable influence through pain. They have heart-
Just as animals respond to certain caretakers, so vegetables grow abundantly under certain benign human vibrations and wither or grow stinted [sic] when cultivated by people with wrong vibrations. A plant can be chloroformed, made to feel pleasure and pain, or can be poisoned and killed. You chop off the head of the cauliflower the same as you chop off the head of a lamb. Fine instruments developed by Prof. Boos tell us of the pangs of pain and the throes of death of tortured or dying plants. A piece of tin may feel pleasure and pain, and can express its emotions through a man-
Civilized man has no right to kill animals or savages just because he does not understand their language. But, from the standpoint of appeal in response to pain, man is the most sensitive manifestation of life. Next to man, from the standpoint of sensitivity come the different grades of animals, fish, plants, and minerals. The lamb and the chicken, when being killed, suffer less the resisting, resenting bull or pig. Most fishes give up quickly when being killed.
There is no doubt that man has the most sensitive nervous system, through which he can keenly receive and respond to stimuli in the form of pain and pleasure. The animal is far less sensitive and feels much less pain than man during death. The plant nervous system is much duller than the nervous system of animals. Minerals are less sensitive to stimuli than plants. A hammer blow will kill a plant, an animal, or a man, but cannot easily expel the Life Force from the tenacious, less sensitive metal. By repeated pounding, however, even metals lose their tenacity or living worth-
Cannibalism exists not only in man but also exists among plants, birds, and animals. Wolves eat wolves. The Jivarro Indian eats his prisoners of war and saves the cost of maintenance and the expense of buying meat. He shrinks the heads of his enemy prisoners to the size of tennis balls and saves them as war trophies, just as hunters mount the animals they have killed.
Meat eating cannot, of course, be condemned from the standpoint of killing, for all eating of vegetables and fruits involves the taking of life, only it is palpable that our conscience and human sensitiveness are roused much more by the killing of animals than by the slaughtering of vegetables and the skinning and munching of fruits. Most beef and steak eaters would desist from eating beef if they had to kill to get their meat, but no vegetarian would mind peeling vegetables and chopping off the heads of carrots, or dressing any vegetables. The spilling of blood and the administering of pain in the killing of animals clearly testifies that the animals are our kinsmen and are approaching near to human beings in the scale of evolution.
Extraordinary comparisons about the above two topics will be offered later, from which the reader will be able to draw his or her own conclusions.
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The vegetables utter no cry of pain, nor do they spill any horrifying blood when killed. From the standpoint of human sensitivity, we may say that it is less painful to kill vegetables than animals. Advanced Souls sometimes hesitate even to behead the roses from their plant bodies blooming in home gardens, just as other Souls hate to kill their animal pets for meat.
Meat is concentrated food and is strengthening, but it is highly constipating and acts as a retainer of body poisons and a harbinger of disease.
Vegetables have to be eaten with more patience and are not as concentrated as meat, and hence the improper eating of vegetables does not produce strength. Vegetables and fruits, having a natural laxative action, are conducive to health and to the elimination of diseases.
The yogis of India speak against meat eating, while the Tantric worshippers advocate its use. Meat-
As a means to an end, or as a temporary measure, present day India needs to eat lamb, goats, and fowl until she can get enough milk or meat substitutes. The Hindu spiritual life, even if sustained by meat-
No one can escape. As animals are unwillingly killed to feed man, so, unwilling, man has to die and offer his flesh to replete the chemical hunger of the all-
Chemical tests of introducing the blood of certain meat into human beings show that some people can eat only certain kinds of meat. This is a modern scientific way of ascertaining what specific meat will harmonize with each specific individual. Neither are all vegetables and fruits suitable to all people. Some fruits cause rashes on certain individuals. Some people get sick from eating onions. Potatoes sometimes cause constipation. Some people get violently sick from eating beef, and others suffer from acidity from eating chicken. Most people respond favorably to lamb meat. Lamb has been found to agree better with the chemical elements in man’s body than any other form of meat.
In cold countries, like Alaska, the people drink seal oil and blood to keep themselves warm. They live on fish, seal, caribou, and walrus meat. Just as some people eat dried vegetables and fruits, the Eskimos live on dried meat when a fresh supply is hard to procure. It is said that many Eskimos die of tuberculosis due to the extreme cold. Some people say that they die because of their mono-
We find, by studying, that both vegetarians and meat eaters have lived long and healthy lives. Jesus, Buddha, and St. Francis ate meat; whereas Shankara, Chaitanya, and some great Christ-
Life evolves itself in different ways in the different stages of life. It is manifest in the minerals, but their tissues are hard and have to be powdered and conditioned before they can be absorbed into the human system. Minerals are emulsified and changed to an organic form in the vegetable life, so that they can be consumed by other soft-
Life evolves the tissues of the fish to a more complex degree than that of the vegetables. Fish meat is usually white. Fish have blood and a nervous system, but very few fish make any noise or loud protest when they are killed. Life evolves more complex forms still in the animals, hence their tissues are different from the fish. Animals protest loudly during the process of being killed. The bull and hog, having highly developed, pugnacious nervous systems, feel greater pain during any travail they undergo and loudly protest any attempt to kill them. They protest more violently than does the lamb. This shows that, although the animals cannot talk intelligibly, like humans, yet they are evolved enough to protest by sounds that they feel pain and do not like to be killed.
Man is not killed and eaten by his own kind except by ignorant cannibalistic tribes, because he can protest against his killing by intelligible sounds. Man would not think of killing animals if they could protest against their slaughter by speaking his language or by intelligible writing before a law court. Though dogs are eaten in certain parts of the world, still nobody thinks of killing an intelligent, almost human pet dog for the ghoulish table of greedy men. Hence, it is evident, from the point of view of sound protestation, that man is the first creature who refuses to be killed, and hence should not be killed.
Next come the bulls, oxen, cows, hogs, and others that protest loudly enough that they do not like to be killed–that they have evolved enough mind and consciousness to understand the love of self-
[Although “To Be Continued” appears at the end of this section, no other article on this subject appears on the list for the next six years]
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