Pearls of Wisdom


Saving the World by
Giving up the Meat-based Diet

Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Berkeley University, California, U.S.A. October 13, 1989 (Originally in English) Videotape #101

If we did not eat meat, no one would kill, no one would raise cattle, all the food would stay where it was and they could eat it and become healthy and strong. It'd be good for every nation, and it'd be good for our nation as well. We waste a lot of money on arms and on raising animals. Most of the arable land is wasted nowadays on raising cattle, pigs and the like. So if we used these areas to cultivate wholesome, healthy food I think the nations would benefit more and our nation would have more peace and no need for armed defense.

If every nation lived according to the Bible, according to the Buddhist teachings, “Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not steal,” and so on, the world would have no more need for peace conferences, and would not need to waste so much coffee, champagne and cake at round table discussions that go nowhere. The more we talk about peace, the more war we have because we go about it in an inconsistent manner. If everyone practiced meditation and ate a wholesome diet without any killing involved, the world would have long since been in a peaceful state and we'd have no hunger. There is no need to give away your property; just give up the meat-based diet. That would be enough to save the world, as well as your own and the nation's health.



Respect all Life and
Your Life will be Blessed

Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, House of Journalism, Panama, November 29, 1989 (Originally in English) Videotape #106

We should respect all life that’s in the creative plan of God. We can see for ourselves that all life resists suffering, resists death. If we kill or see an animal killed we notice that they suffer and try to run away, meaning that God empowers them with the instinct to want to live. So if we interfere and take their life away, we interfere with God's will. Thus, we should treat every being as we ourselves would like to be treated. Then our lives will be blessed with grace, longevity and wisdom.


We Should Eat Like
the First Class Beings We Are

Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Santa Clara, CA, USA, October 14, 1989
(Originally in English) Videotape #101A

It's nobler for us to eat first-hand things because we’re first class! Why do we have to eat secondhand from animals? You give grain to a chicken and then eat the chicken and re-digest it! And then you feed carrots and vegetables to a rabbit and eat the rabbit. Why don't you just eat the vegetables and grains yourself? That is first class and fresh! It is a waste of time to eat animal meat. It is a waste of energy and the national treasury and it causes world hunger.