Vegetarian ( Vegetarianism)
should I be vegetarian?
am vegetarian because the God inside me wants it. Understand? Eating
meat is against the universal principle of not wanting to be killed.
We ourselves don't want to be killed, and we ourselves don't want
to be stolen from. Now, if we do that to other people, then we are
acting against ourselves, and that makes us suffer. Everything that
you do against others makes you suffer. You can not bite yourself
and you shouldn't stab yourself. In the same way you should not
kill, because that is against the principle of life. Understand?
It would make us suffer, so we don't do it. It doesn't mean we limit
ourselves in any way. It means we expand our life to all kinds of
life. Our life will not be limited within this body, but extended
to the life of animals and all kinds of beings. That makes us grander,
greater, happier, and limitless. Okay?
Q. Man raises animals and poultry, such as pigs, cattle, chickens,
ducks, etc. Why can't we eat them?
Parents raise their children. Do parents have the right to eat their
children? All living things have the right to live, and no one should
deprive them of this. If we have a look at the laws in Hong Kong,
even killing oneself is against the law. So, how much more unlawful
would killing other living beings be?
are born for people to eat. If we don't eat them, they will fill
the world. Right?
is an absurd idea. Before you kill an animal, do you ask it if it
wants to be killed and eaten by you or not? All living beings desire
to live and are afraid to die. We don't want to be eaten by a tiger,
so why should animals be eaten by humans? Human beings have only
existed in the world for several tens of thousands of years, but
before mankind appeared, many species of animals had already existed.
Did they overcrowd the earth? Living things maintain a natural ecological
balance. When there is too little food and space is limited, this
will cause a drastic reduction in population. This maintains the
population at an appropriate level.
people say that it is important to be a good hearted man, but it
is not necessary to be a vegetarian. Does this make sense?
one is truly a good hearted person, then why does he still eat another
being's flesh? Seeing them suffer so, he should not be able to bear
to eat them! Flesh eating is unmerciful, so how can this be done
by a good hearted man? Master Lien Ch'ih once said, "Kill its
body, and eat its meat. In this world there is no one more cruel,
malevolent, atrocious and evil than this man." How can he ever
claim that he himself has a good heart? Mencius also said, "If
you see it alive, you can't bear to see it die, and if you hear
it groaning you can not bear to eat its meat; so the real gentlemen
keep far from the kitchen." Human intelligence is higher than
that of animals, and we can use weapons to make them unable to resist
us, so they die with hatred. The kind of man who does this, bullying
small and weak creatures, has no right to be called a gentleman.
When animals are killed, they are terribly stricken with agony,
fear and resentment. This causes the production of toxins that stay
in their meat to harm those who eat it. Since the frequency of the
vibration of animals is lower than that of mankind, they will influence
our vibration, and affect the development of our wisdom.
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