Krishna, who goes by the name Tavamithram, is an entrepreneur, polyglot, adventurer, language teacher, counsellor, committed parent, animal lover, hobby musician, vegan culinarian, Vedantist, Vedic astrologer, an incorrigible optimist and an ardent devotee of the Divine, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Primordial, Eternal and Supreme Bhagavan Shri Krishna.
What you eat has a direct impact on your mind. When you eat food that is made from the flesh of animals, you subconsciously and even consciously know that the meat has been obtained by killing an animal. Everyone knows very well that no animal would jump with joy and offer its head under the butcher’s machete. Such food which is a result of gore, pain and death, is not considered to be Sattvic and hence the effect it has on the mind of the person eating it, for obvious reasons cannot be Sattvic.
Humans are not carnivorous. We do not have the kind of teeth or jaws that carnivorous animals possess. You cannot spring on a cow, bite it, kill it and eat its raw meat. Vegetarianism and Veganism are stages of human evolution. There comes a time when humans realise that they not only do not need meat but that meat is also detrimental to their own body and soul.
It is heartening to see that Veganism is catching up like wild fire in the West and that is where fashion begins. They have no religious but only moral and health reasons to take to Veganism. One of the renowned champions of Veganism, Dr. Michael Klaper uses the term ‘Calf growth fluid’ to describe cow’s milk. He’s right! Has anyone heard of a tiger drinking cow’s milk or for that matter, any adult animal drinking mammary milk?
The first step in preparing a meat dish is the MURDER of an innocent animal which loves life and is certainly unwilling to die.
About a hundred years ago, Europeans used to celebrate family get-togethers, marriages and festivals with sumptuous lunches. They used to serve on the table stuffed pigs, lambs, goats, a stuffed head of a cow and so on. As time went by, things changed and people ceased stuffing large animals and roasting them as a whole. Instead they chopped the meat into smaller pieces and served them as fried, baked or boiled dishes. Actually this is also a kind of evolution in human diet. As time went by, young children began to express their disagreement with the slaughtering of animals. This process has taken a while in Western countries but all this will certainly lead to a completely meat free diet for humans in the future.
There is absolutely no need to kill, torture or even cause discomfort to animals in order to satisfy the palate of humans. If man’s food causes pain or death to an animal, it is not clean food but death and pain of a voiceless animal on the plate. There were times when due to climatic conditions, man was dependent on eating the meat of animals. Later on, human civilisations developed and vegetarianism became a part of human culture. Kindness is a great and divine virtue. If one is not able to help other humans or animals, he or she should at least refrain from hurting them.
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