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Why Be A Vegetarian?
(Source: Know Thy Self - the Gateway to physical, mental and spiritual Health - Sathya Sai Baba's Message in His Own Words by Gerard T. Satvic)
Sathya Sai Baba says: "Birds and beasts need no Divine incarnation to guide them, for they have no inclination to stray away from their dharma (right living). Man alone forgets or ignores the goal of life. Animals did not come for the purpose of supplying food for human beings. they came to work out their own lives in the world. Man is incurring very bad karma for his immoral, unethical and unspiritual treatment of animals. See God in every nature.
Man needs to look upon the nature as a university of satyam, sivam and sundaram ( truth, goodness and beauty). Sathya Sai Baba encourages everyone to appreciate the beauties of natures; He dirests attention to the charm of a flower, the colourful magnificence of a sunrise or sunset, the grim grandeur of an overcast sky, the timorous twinkling of the stars in the midnight sky or jasmine-garland cranes in flight.
And what does the human being do? Hundreds of millions of animals are misused for all sorts of experiment in the laboratories of industry, the university and hospitals. Countless is the number of the animals that are raised in an agonizing way and slaughtered for consumption. Without this madness there should be sufficient vegetable food for all people and there would also be fewer diseases.
The human beings needs no meat and fish. The natural doctors have arrived at the conclusion that meat and fish are actually injurious to health. Cancer, heart and vascular diseases and many others are related to the consumption of meat and fish.
Sathya Sai Baba stresses the importance of satvic food, i.e. living, raw, unheated and biologically grown food, especially fruit, nuts, vegetables and just germinating pulses. Small quantities or milk and certain milk-products are satvic as well. Man is awfully ungrateful and cruel to the cow. Instead of being able to finish her life in a natural way, she is prematurely slaughtered for economic reasons in most cases. Satvic food is full of vitality.
In the 'Gospel of Peace' Jesus says: "For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and who so eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death.. In his blood every drop of their blood will turn into poison. Kill neither man, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if your eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. And everything that kills your body kills your soul as well. With the fire of death you cook your food. It is the same fire which destroys your food and your body, even as the fire if hatred which ravages your thoughts, ravages your spirit. Therefore don't eat anything which a stronger fire than the fire life has killed. Eat all fruits of trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts and honey of bees. For everything beyond these is of the Evil One, and leads by the way of sins and diseases unto death. But the food which you eat form the abundant table of God, gives strangth and youth to your body, and you will never see diseases. For the table of God fed Methuselah of old, and I truly tell you, if you live even as he lived, then the God of the living will also grant you a long life on earth.
"When you eat at the table of the Earthly Mother, eat all things even as they are found on her table. Cook not, neither mix all things one with another, lest your bowels become as steaming bogs. For I truly tell you, this is abominable in the eyes of the Lord. And desire not to devour all things you see round about you. Be content with two or three sorts of food, when you eat, never eat unto fullness.
"And your fasting is always pleasing in the eyes of the angels of God. Trouble not the work of the angel in your body by eating often. For I tell you truly, he who eats more than twice in the day does in him the work of the Evil One. And if you wish that the angels of God enjoy themselves in your body and that the Evil One ignores you, then eat only once a day from the table of God." Here they speak about the air angel, the water angel, the angel of the earth, etc., the five elements of which Sathya Sai Baba speaks.
In the 'The Essene Gospel of Peace' Jesus proceeds: " Breathe long and deeply at all your meals, so that the angel of air may bless all your repasts. And chew well your food with your teeth, so that the angel of water may turn it into blood in your body. And eat slowly, as if it were a prayer to the Lord. For ,I tell your truly, the power of God will enter into you if you eat at His table in this manner. For the table of the Lord is as an altar, and he who eats at the table of God is in a temple. The body of man is turned into a temple and bowels into an altar if he keeps God's commandments. Wherefore put naught upon the altar of the Lord when your spirit is vexed, neither think upon anyone with anger in the temple of God, for all that you eat in sorrow, or in anger, or without desire, becomes a poison in your body.
"And forget not that every seventh day is holy and consecrated to God. On the seventh day eat not any earthly food, but live only upon the words of God. And let not good trouble the work of the angels in your body throughout the seventh day. Let the angels of God build the kingdom of heaven in your body. On six days feed your body with the gifts of your Earthly Mother, but one the seventh day sanctify your body for your Heavenly Father."
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