Published On: Mon, Nov 9th, 2009

Why go vegan?

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A vegan lifestyle means eating no meat and instead only fruits and vegetables plus nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. The diet shuns meat, dairy, fish and eggs. A pure vegan will not even ingest honey. The reasons for going vegan are many. They include promoting the following:

Our health

Studies have shown that vegans have much less chronic illnesses compared to the rest of the population. The landmark China Study (as well as animal studies) have shown that even small additions or subtractions of animal protein will turn major chronic ailments on and off – including the primary killers of our times (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes).

Our environment

The way animals are bred represents a direct threat to our planet as a whole. Factory animal farming tends to pollute our environment – our soil, groundwater and air. It is a major contributor to global warming.

Non-violence

Life is grounded in our consciousness – the latter being what I call the universal relationship of connection in all of nature. When we are aware of something we connect to it. Consciousness thus involves compassion and love. Violence, on the other hand, breaks such connective ties. Violence toward any living organism can violates our innate consciousness while  Ghandi-like non-violence can supports it. To be peaceful towards all of life is thus to live in a most conscious way.

Compassion

To be compassionate is to feel the pain of another, to sense a connection of our lives with that of all other life forms on earth. Because our essence is connective consciousness, this brings out the best within us or again – to live in a most conscious way.

Improved economics

It is less costly to eat in a vegan way because this does not involve the more expensive animal protein meals and avoids  the huge health and environmental costs.

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