Nutrition – the case for vegetarianism 1, Part 4/7

‘The difference between flesh foods and vegetarian foods lies in the relative amount of sunlight they contain. Fruit and vegetables are so steeped in sunlight that one could say they are a condensed form of light. When you eat a fruit or a vegetable, therefore, you are absorbing rays of sunlight, and light leaves very little waste. Whereas meat has only a low content of sunlight. This is why it decays so quickly, and anything that decays quickly is very injurious to health.

But the harmfulness of meat has yet another origin. When animals are being led to the slaughterhouse they sense where they are going and what is going to happen to them, and they are mortally afraid, terrified. Their terror disrupts the proper functioning of certain glands which then start to secrete toxic substances, and there is no way of eliminating these toxins from the flesh of the animal. Humans ingest them in their meat, it enters into their organism, and, naturally, it is not conducive either to good health or to long life.

You will say, ‘Oh, but meat can be so delicious!’ Perhaps so, but you never think it has to be paid for by the death of countless animals and the ruin of your own health. In addition, you must realise that everything we eat is like an antenna within us which picks up certain specific wave-lengths. Meat tunes us in to the astral world, in the lower regions of which teem countless beings, all devouring and preying on each other like wild beasts.

Those who eat meat maintain an invisible link with the animal world. They would be horrified if they could see the colour of their auras. Finally, anyone who takes the life of an animal is assuming a very heavy responsibility. When human beings kill animals for food they are not only depriving them of life, they are also depriving them of the possibilities for evolution which nature had given them in this life.

As far as fish are concerned the question is quite different. For millions of years, fish have lived in conditions unfavourable to their evolution. This becomes obvious when one studies the structure of their organism: their nervous system is still extremely rudimentary. It is permissible, therefore, to eat fish, for this allows them to evolve. Also, they contain an element which is specially adapted to this era, and that is iodine.’
To be continued…

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Read more in…
Izvor Book 204, The Yoga of Nutrition
Chapter 5, Vegetarianism
Complete Works, Volume 16, Hrani Yoga

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