I used to be a person who survived on meat for a long time. In the course of time, i have met many people, including some very good friends, who were vegetarians. Many have tried their shot at convincing me to give up non-vegetarian food. I always asked them for a good reason and promised to give up if the reason was good enough.
And they gave. The main reason was to avoid causing suffering to a life form. But then my counter question was “How sure are you that vegetables don’t suffer?” Just because the vegetables don’t shout and cry doesn’t mean they don’t suffer! It is very typical of humans to look at the world only from their perspective.
Though i never gave up eating meat, i have thought about giving up very seriously. The reason i never gave up is that because I had always believed in the theory that the whole world is made up of energy. So i see everything in the world (including the earth) in terms of energy – energy that can be transformed.
So we could say a part of the energy of the universe represents itself in a physical form as the sun and the earth and as humans and other beings.
All things (be it living or non-living) that exist in the world is nothing but a part of the energy that constitutes the whole universe. As i said before, some energy represents itself as a stone and some others are represented as humans, etc. The entities with a higher level consciousness have more energy associated than an entity with lesser consciousness. So, as humans we potentially are made up of more energy than a piece of stone which is less complicated.
This is very clear from the number of things that happen in our body and the number of things we are capable of doing. Like a more complicated machinery that takes more power, we humans are made up of more energy.
So since we are all a part of the massive energy that exists, by eating meat, we are actually performing an act similar to chopping off our own arm and eating it – which sounds rather bizarre. But does it mean we should not eat meat at all? Also many other animals eat meat. How is that justified?
Well, the term to look for is consciousness. If i know i am eating meat and only doing so to make myself satisfied and the same time not forcing an imbalance to the system, then i don’t think there is any problem. Animals, apart from humans, instinctively follow this rule. They don’t eat more than what they actually can, while humans went on to invent the refrigerator.
So the world doesn’t really need vegetarians. Rather it requires conscious non-vegetarians. That way we would maintain the balance that nature likes to preserve. For some reason, nature likes to maintain diversity and it is our duty to appreciate it.
Mother nature is extremely intelligent that it reacts very quickly to a crisis. We don’t want to create a crisis and risk being eradicated like our fellow dinosaurs. And on top of all these, we are a different species. A species that is spiritually knowledgeable.
We have the right set of tools. All we need to do is to use them correctly and progress in the spiritual ladder. I don’t know what awaits us on the other side of the ladder. But i strongly believe there is a reason for our existence and there is a well defined purpose.
Let us use this opportunity to learn why we do what we do!