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Yoga & Health

Does God Want Man to Eat Meat?

  Explains the fact that God does not want man to eat flesh.

When discussing the topic of killing (meat eating) with Christians and Muslims. They ultimately justify killing animals for food by pointing to their scriptures. Thus the main reason why man kills for a living (meat eating) is religion. The Bible and Koran both state that animals are food. They both claim that their scripture is the word of God and thus there is absolutely nothing wrong in killing innocent animals.
This raises the question would God want man to eat meat?
This question can be answered by looking at the health, economic, and violence issues.

1. Health
meat-and-vegIs meat good for us?
It’s a scientific fact that vegetarians are healthier than meat eaters. Scientific studies show that vegetarians have a much lower risk of suffering from diseases like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health disorders compared to meat eaters.
Scientific Studies Support a Vegetarian Diet.

A major study reported in the British Medical Journal found that, of 5000 meat-eaters and 6000 non-meat eaters, vegetarians had 40% less risk of cancer and 30% less risk of heart disease than the meat-eaters and were 20% less likely to die of any cause (Oxford Vegetarian Study).
A US study of 50,000 vegetarians showed a very low rate of cancer (Seventh Day Adventist Study, Massachusetts). It has been estimated that by following a low-fat vegetarian diet, the risk of food poisoning is decreased by 80%.
A balanced vegetarian diet is better for humans than one that includes meat (from TIME magazine, July 2002).
An 11-year study of 1,900 German vegetarians has found mortality from cardiovascular disease to be 61% lower in male vegetarians and 44% lower in female vegetarians than the general population.
Hypertension can contribute to heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. A number of studies have shown vegetarians to have lower blood pressure than meat eaters (Sacks 1974, Armstrong 1977).
The British Medical Association (1986) stated that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity than meat eaters.
Vegetarians have lower rates of colon cancer than meat eaters (Phillips 1980).
There is overwhelming scientific evidence to prove that a vegetarian diet is much more healthier than a meat based diet. Eating meat can seriously damage your health.

What about Protein?
Most people are brainwashed into thinking that meat is the only source of protein. The simple fact is that there is plenty of protein in a vegetarian diet too.
Would God want man to eat food that will increase the chances of suffering from major diseases, reduce the quality of life, and reduce the life span?
Absolutely not.
Would you want your children to eat food that is not good for them? No?
Similarly God doesn’t want his children, you and me, to eat food that is bad for our health.

2. Economic
Does it make economic sense to raise animals for food?

If one acre of land is used to raise cattle, this would produce 20 pounds of meat. If we use the same land to grow soybeans, we would get 365 pounds of protein rich soybeans. The meat would feed one family for around 20 days, and the soybeans would feed 18 families for the same time period. If the millions of acres of land that is currently used to raise cattle was used to produce soybeans and grains, there would be 18 times more food in the world. This would end poverty in the world.

The reason why somewhere in the World a child dies of starvation every two seconds is because of slaughterhouse mentality as described above. If the millions of acres of land, which is used to grow food for animals, were used to grow food for humans directly then there would be at least 18 times more food than currently. Thus there would be no poverty in the World.

About 70% of the crops grown in the US are fed to animals and not to humans.  How much more food would there be if the grains/soybeans were given directly to humans?
If everyone in the world became a vegetarian, there would be no such thing as poverty. But unfortunately the majority of the humans simply can’t give up the thrill of killing innocent animals and so the children will have to continue dying due to starvation at the rate of 2 every seconds.
Would God want man to turn 18 lbs of vegetarian food into 1 lb of non-vegetarian food (meat).
Absolutely not.

3. Violence

Is violence related to meat eating?
What do all the terrorists have in common?
What do all the violent criminals have in common?
What do all the murderers have in common?
The simple answer is that they are all killers of animals (meat eaters).
Have you heard of vegetarian terrorists?
Have you heard of vegetarian criminals?
Have you heard of vegetarian murderers?
How does meat eating make one violent?
By killing for a living (meat eating), the human mind develops a taste for killing, which leads to a mentality of violence. The mentality of killing animals spreads to killing humans too. People who kill animals are much more likely to kill people too. This is a fact as the terrorists, and the most violent criminals are animal killers (meat eaters).
The vegetarians don’t kill for a living (no meat) and so their mind develops a taste for non-violence, thus a mentality of non-violence. The mentality of a vegetarian is that killing is totally wrong, thus the killing or even injuring of humans is totally unthinkable.
The US government spends billions of dollars each year on combating terrorism. They think by going after those with guns and bombs will solve the problem. They totally ignore the root cause of violence. Which is human mentality of violence, caused by killing for a living (meat eating).
The simple formula for stopping terrorism and violence in the world is:
No Meat= No killing = No mentality of violence = No terrorism/No violence

What about killing the plants?

There is a big difference between cutting grass and cutting the necks of chickens. Killing plants and animals is not the same.
Would God want man to kill for a living (meat eating) so that they can develop a mentality of violence and become killers of humans too?
Absolutely not.

Why is the Cow Sacred to the Hindus?
Cow-SacredThe human mother drinks cows milk, and from it produces her milk, which we humans drink at birth. Then at 3 months we start drinking cows milk in a bottle then in cups. We also eat delicious foods made from cows’ milk. Foods like ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and curd. From our birth to our death we rely on cows milk. Thus the cow is considered a mother as she provides us with nourishing food for life. How can you kill such a mother.
Every time you eat pizza, ice cream, yogurt, and other foods made from cow’s milk, you should be very great full to the cow.
How can you kill a mother that provides nourishing food to you for life?
The cow is also the favorite animal of God, Lord Krishna. Why? Since the cow provides nourishing food to Lord Krishna’s children, you and me. Lord Krishna is very much grateful to her. Would you be grateful to someone who feeds your children, or would you order them to be killed and eaten?
Lord Caitanya, who was an incarnation of Lord Krishna states in the Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila chapter 17, verses.165-167.

“Cow-killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow.”

Only The Beast Will Eat Another Beast

  Yes one beast is food another beast. 

In China and Taiwan, some people eat dogs, cats, snakes, snails, and other abominable beasts (animals).

In France some people eat frogs.
In Arabia people eat cows and goats.
In Australia, the aborigines eat lizards.
In the Western countries people eat pigs, and lobsters.
In Mexico some people eat rats.
In Africa some eat monkeys.
There are so many other varieties of abominable animals that humans around the world eat.
It’s due to ignorance and irreligious ideology that humans who are made of flesh and blood engage in eating the flesh and blood of other living beings.
Vegetarian Food – The Higher Taste
Those humans who have a higher consciousness will not engage in eating the flesh of beasts. They will only eat food that is healthy, nutritious, and killing free (karma free): Grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, milk, and preparations made from milk.
How is Meat Eating Causing Poverty in the World?
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If one acre of land is used to raise cattle, this would produce 20 pounds of meat. If we use the same land to grow soybeans, we would get 365 pounds of protein rich soybeans. The meat would feed one family for around 20 days, and the soybeans would feed 18 families for the same time period. If the millions of acres of land that is currently used to raise cattle was used to produce soybeans and grains, there would be 18 times more food in the world. This would end poverty in the world.
The maths is pretty simple, Stop eating meat and more people will get to eat in the world.

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Must We Kill In Order To Live?

Vegetarianism, known in Sanskrit as Shakahara, was for millions of years a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout India. The recently created ideologies and ignorance have eroded these ethics.

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Vegetarianism, known in Sanskrit as Shakahara, was for thousands of years a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout India. Though Muslim and Christian colonization radically undermined and eroded this ideal, it remains to this day a cardinal ethic of Hindu thought and practices. A subtle sense of guilt persists among Hindus who eat meat.
The Vedic religion is the only religion which preaches vegetarianism, as a way to live with a minimum of hurt to other beings, for to consume meat, fish, fowl or eggs is to participate indirectly in acts of cruelty and violence against the animal kingdom.
The meat-eater’s desire for meat drives another to kill and provide that meat. The act of the butcher begins with the desire of the consumer. Meat eating contributes to a mentality of violence. India’s greatest saints have confirmed that one cannot eat meat and live a peaceful, harmonious life. Man’s appetite for meat inflicts devastating harm on the earth itself, stripping its precious forests to make way for pastures. How can one who eats meat practice true compassion by eating the flesh of an animal to fatten his own flesh?
A vegetarian diet does not include meat, fish or eggs. For good health, even certain vegetarian foods are minimized: frozen and canned foods, highly processed foods, such as white rice, white sugar and white flour; and “junk” foods and beverages-those with abundant chemical additives, such as artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings and preservatives.
Vegetarian families have far fewer problems than those who are not vegetarian. If children are raised as vegetarians, every day they are exposed to nonviolence as a principle of peace and compassion. Every day they are growing up they are remembering and being reminded to not kill. They won’t even kill another creature to eat, to feed themselves. And if they won’t kill another creature to feed themselves, they will be much less likely to do acts of violence against people.
When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh of another creature, he must abstain from eating it. You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they are human or animal.
The greatness of a civilization and its moral progress can be measured by the way, in which its animals are treated. The Hindus are by far the most peaceful humans that ever existed on this Earth.
Cow Killing
The cow gives us milk, without which we cannot survive. From birth, we depend on milk for our good health and our survival. For the first 3 months, we drink the milk of the cow through our mother and then directly for the rest of our lives. How can you kill a mother, which nourishes you with good health for life?
Reasons to Be a Vegetarian
Millions of meat-eaters have made the personal decision to stop eating the flesh of other creatures. Here are some major motivations for such a decision.
1) The SCRIPTURAL LAW reason
Your consciousness at death will determine your next body
If you have eaten animals (meat) all your life, your final thoughts will be that of animals, you will take birth in the animal kingdom. If you have lived a life of charity and generosity (helping people), your final thoughts will be that of helping people, you will take birth on one of the heavenly planets.
“The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.” Lord Krishna (Bhagavad-Gita 15.8)
“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” Lord Krishna (Bhagavad-Gita 8.6)
Ahimsa, the law of non-injury, is the Hindu’s first duty in fulfillment of his religious obligations to God and God’s creation as defined by the Vedic scriptures.
2) The KARMIC CONSEQUENCES reason
All of our actions including our choice of food have karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused. If you eat animals now, you build bad karma, which will result in punishment in the future. This is guaranteed. The law of Karma is a reality.
3) The SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS reason
Food is the source of the body’s chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, fear, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the flesh of butchered creatures. For these reasons, shakaharis (vegetarians) live in higher consciousness and mansaharis (meat eaters) abide in lower consciousness.
4) The HEALTH reason
Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.
Those who eat flesh are far more likely to contract cancer than those following a vegetarian diet are. Meat-eaters ingest excessive amounts of cholesterol, making them dangerously susceptible to heart attacks. Many scientific studies have concluded that eating meat can seriously damage your health.
5) The ECOLOGICAL reason
Planet earth is suffering. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rain forests to create pasturelands for livestock, loss of top soils and the consequent increase of water impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No single decision that we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary ecology as the decision to not eat meat. Many seeking to save the planet for future generations have made this decision for this reason and this reason alone.
6) The Economic reason
The simple fact is that to produce 1 lb of meat, it requires over 18 lbs of grain/soybeans and many gallons of water. Millions of animals are breed for meat production, if they were not breed and the vegetation was used to feed people. There would be no poverty in the World.
Which would you choose; 1 lb of meat, which involves killing and maybe disease (cancer, heart or mad cow) Or 18 lbs of grains, soybeans, many gallons of water with no killing and good health?

Do you Kill your Mother?

  Anyone who feeds you should be thanked, appreciated, and considered motherly, and not killed, just because they happen to be animals.

I GAVE YOU NOURISHING FOOD FOR LIFE AND THIS IS WHAT YOU DO TO ME
  • YOU DRINK THE MILK OF A COW THROUGH YOUR MOTHER FOR THE FIRST 3 MONTHS OF LIFE, THEN DIRECTLY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
  • YOU EAT CHEESE WHICH IS MADE FROM COWS MILK.
  • YOU EAT YOGURT WHICH IS MADE FROM COWS MILK
  • YOU EAT ICE CREAM WHICH IS MADE FROM COWS MILK.
  • YOU EAT BUTTER AND MARGARINE WHICH ARE MADE FROM COWS MILK.
  • YOU EAT OTHER FOOD PRODUCTS WHICH ARE MADE FROM COWS MILK, LIKE PIZZA (CHEESE).
DID YOU KNOW THAT WITHOUT THE COW, MOST HUMANS CANNOT EXIST.
Despite knowing the above, you kill and eat your mother, the cow. Shame on you.
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You think the above is disgusting? Well, you are the cause of the above, do you realize that? Or have you been brainwashed too much into believing that killing is not wrong?
Why The Cow is Considered a Mother?
The Vedic teaching is that the cow gives us nutritious milk, and thus we consider it as one of our mothers.

My Dear Humans

  A letter from our most humble friends.

My Dear Humans,
YOU HAVE FEELINGS, WE ALSO HAVE FEELINGS
YOU FEEL PAIN, WE ALSO FEEL PAIN
YOU ARE FEARFUL, WE ARE ALSO FEARFUL
YOU HAVE A FAMILY, WE ALSO HAVE A FAMILY
YOU WANT TO LIVE, WE ALSO WANT TO LIVE
YOU ARE LIVING BEINGS, WE ARE ALSO LIVING BEINGS
YOU WERE CREATED BY GOD, WE WERE ALSO CREATED BY THE SAME GOD
YOU HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS, WE ALSO HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS
YOU HAVE A SOUL, WE ALSO HAVE A SOUL
YOU WOULDN’T LIKE TO HAVE YOUR THROAT CUT, WE WOULDN’T EITHER
YOU ARE NOT FOOD FOR US, WE ARE ALSO NOT FOOD FOR YOU
Yours faithfully,

Signed: Your most humble friends (Cows, Chickens, goats, pigs, and others)
(Humans, go vegetarian)

Vedic Health Advice

  Good health advice based on Vedic knowledge.

“Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 17.9)

“Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is dear to those in the mode of darkness.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 17.10)
Scientific studies support the beneficial aspects of Yoga
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  • Drink 2-4 glasses of warm water every morning. This will flush out the toxins in your body.
  • No meat eating. Apart from the fact that it’s wrong to kill (religious reasons), there are good health reasons for going vegetarian. Many scientific studies have concluded that meat eaters are much more likely to suffer from cancer, heart disease, and other diseases than vegetarians.
  • No intoxicates. No Drugs, no alcohol, no soft drinks, no coffee, no tea. These are intoxicants, which are addictive, and intoxicants affect the human consciousness in a negative way. Soft drinks contain too much sugar and caffeine, which are both bad for the body.
  • No microwave ovens. Scientific studies have shown that food cooked or heated in a microwave oven causes cancer, genetic damage to cells, and other disorders. Also the taste is not the same as food cooked in a real wood fire or even on a gas cooker.
  • Reduce salt in all foods. If you put salt on ice, the ice will melt. In a similar way, too much salt slowly destroys the organs of the body.
  • No hot food. Hot food increases acidity in the body and is especially bad for the intestines and annul. Not good for the skin either.
  • No Pickles. Very bad for the skin and especially the face (causes spots etc.).
  • Reduce oily foods. Reduce food that is fried in oil. Oil is bad for the body.
  • Eat vegetables everyday. Eat salad everyday (no added salt). One glass of carrot juice everyday is best.
  • Eat fruits everyday. Apples, bananas, pears, grapes etc..
  • Cook and eat fresh everyday. Avoid frozen foods. Avoid eating canned foods.
  • In the western countries, there are organic and in-organic foods available in super markets. Avoid in-organic foods. In-organic foods are created by scientists’ medalling with nature. They are unhealthy and tasteless. Buy organic foods whenever possible.
  • Keep your shoes out of the house. We walk with our shoes on the filthy streets and if we then walk in our homes with the same shoes, our home becomes stuck with the filth of the streets. It’s disgusting to wear shoes in the home.
  • The Vedic scriptures state that there are 4 animals, which should not be touched. Dogs, donkeys, lizards, and pigs. This obviously means don’t keep these animals as pets. In fact we should not keep any pets at all. The animals belong in their own homes and environment, the wild. Not our homes. Keeping of birds in cages as pets is very sinful. How would you like to be kept locked up in a cage? How would you like to live with only dogs in their territory?  

Hatha Yoga

The science of good health, Hatha Yoga.

Yoga is a scientifically proven system of purifying the body and mind, for making each of us the master of our senses so that we may develop our emotions and intellect to a level at which we function healthfully and in perfect harmony.
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  • Yoga is the practice of various physical positions, breathing techniques, meditation, chanting of mantras, and taking good karmic actions.
  • Yoga is the surest, most reliable, the safest, and the best aid to self-improvement.
  • Yoga improves the circulatory, glandular, and nervous and muscle systems.
  • Yoga can be used to deal with stiffness, aches and arthritic pain.
  • Yoga can strengthen bones and muscles, improve posture, breathe better, relax, and improve their overall health.
  • Yoga helps students perform well in exams. Scientific studies have proven this.
  • Yoga is preventative measure for a wide range of conditions.
  • Scientific studies conducted in India, USA and Europe support the benefits of Yoga.
  • Yoga will reaffirm you to righteousness.
  • Physiological Benefits of Yoga
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  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizesYoga-Poses
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Psychological Benefits of Yoga
  • Awareness increase
  • Mood improves
  • Anxiety and depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves