VEGETARIAN WORLD MASTERS |
A surprising revelation.
Despite there being absolutely no evidence for the idea that the great religious leaders were not vegetarians, fanatically obsessed people looking for guiding lights in their lives prefer to look the other way. The thought of killing an animal for food was abhorrent to the great mystics and religious founders. Their scarce mention of food displayed an attitude to eating which was accompanied by a frugal and meatless diet. Bu did this mean that they were vegetarian ? Perhaps not, but it seems that it was the way they wanted their followers to go and where to get their nutrients from. The wisdom of the ancients with respect to plants is amply displayed in their oral traditions and both the feeding habits and the curing elements appear to have been contained in what seems a continuous and evolving tradition designed to maintain the health of mind and body. Animals were often utilized as symbols of all that humans were to aspire to patiently giving of their own milk to create a variety of food that human ingenuity instinctively sought and labored for. No prophet looked at nature other than with love and respect but it seems, they were aware that many of their followers did not have the capacity to learn and likely to surrender to passions without thought or control. However, there is little doubt that animals were utilized by the great teachers to demonstrate the beauty of those who sought companionship in man when they lost their fear of him. Philosophically speaking, it could even be said that our own highly acclaimed evolution may be as aberrant as that of genetic disorder in so far as spiritual qualities and evolution are concerned.
The Eastern Wisdom.
Buddha is patently clear a very visible sign of vegetarian rule and at peace with nature in all aspects., but what about the others ? Little is known about their everyday lives or even their sexual tendencies, but it is abundantly outlined that their lives were based on factors and exposure to a passionate regard not just for life itself, but for all living creatures on earth. The message comes through clearly in the anecdotes of their lives and their great capacity to humanize and pass on that sensitivity. Unfortunately , somewhere along the line, the discordant elements of the false prophets twisted the very roots of their Master´s teachings for cheap political purposes derived from the insecurity of the lack of education in pursuit of power for its own sake. Jesus or whatever he was called at the time of his teaching period, also defined a clear Buddhist expression. Very little has been researched on the origins of his teachings, but Jewish they were not and if there was an an element of religious influence from either parent, it forms a miniscule part of the colour of the cultural image he portrays. Some attribute a Greek influence, which of course was the predominant teaching in the Northern Kingdoms of his days and where the tribes of Israel appear to have settled in away from Judea. Galillee, had its known Greek institutions and in some areas its own Greek leaders worked side by side with the Roman overlords.
The Greek in Christianity.
The word utilized in respect to Jesus´s teachings has been described as “cynic” but it is devoid of the meaning it has today. The form of expression and dry riddle remarks forced listeners to imagine the ethical and practical aspects of what was being provoked. To many, particularly the Jews in the Middle East it must have sounded like verbal conjuring tricks. Perhaps this was intended and may have something to do with with what the prophet described as those having the ears to listen. The parables are in the main, a source of these insinuations and the interesting things about them is that in Indian lore, many of these “sayings” appear to have formed part of the basic cultural training of the young – the fig tree, the dead burying the dead, the talent and the mustard seed. Studying them in this context, explains a great deal about how Jesus thought and how he wished to release the sleeping spiritual energies of his followers - if not their political aspirations.
The teachings did not allow for easy answers and like all sectarian exhortations, each new one made the old ones come to the fore causing a degree of mental suspension which led to the “submission” that gurus need to produce the characteristic changes. It has been written that Jesus was trained initially in Tibet and although the textual proof is missing, it makes a degree of sense. Throughout all his future interpretations, in art and culture, the eating of any meat other than “possibly” fish, is glaringly missing. His own remarks, if they are original, like being “the last sacrificial lamb” during the strict religious period dedicated to their sacrifice, are very significant. It points to an assault on the practice and it is common belief that apart from being associated with the “Lamb of God” both in image and thought, with the flag of victory, his own crucifixion must have been awesome to those whose hands were still bloody with the carnage of the temple sacrifices. Nothing can be more gruesome or satanic than the merciless killing of something as helpless and distraught as a lamb – a creature that depicts all that can be associated with the tenderness and beauty of a noble, loving human. Perhaps that is what he meant when he called them blessed.
The Indian Giant.
Gandhi was undoubtedly a strict vegetarian but we know little about Mithras and those who took on his vicarage, like Zoroaster. Christianity, it is said, owes a great deal to its stories of the Nativity, for example and the Three Magi and without doubt there is a Mithraic residual lore there easy to interpret. Even Christmas day coincides with both Jesus´s and Mithra´s birthdays and the cave at Bethleham bears the "ancient Mithraic site" plaque. There is a great deal of thought on the subject at least and it appears that the dietary encouragement for the adepts was for plant eating as a way to reach Azahuru Mazda, their God of Light. The Parsi who are the basic representatives of this ancient Asiatic religion, are brought up in the vegetarian concepts but throughout its evolution the neighbouring and invasive countries of Persia in the absence of good soil in mountainous areas, like that of the Mongols, harried towards meat. Today, the effect of this meat dominated cuisine, is leading the races towards vegetarian diets - apart from their exposure to surrounding Buddhism. Some converts away from the parental fare so strongly embedded in cultures, now declare a sense of freedom from the growing guilt of of the killing of the animals they lived and loved with and for whom they even had names. Many of these new vegetarians are now writing of what they consider the superior health benefits of the change – and they reasons for saying this. The Mongols like all heavy meat eaters have developed severe genetic health problems which according to recent clinical studies, presently finding solutions in their new dietary direction (much to their amusement – (“we have now discovered that we are really rabbits”).
An Exemplary Mohamed
What is surprising in view of the religious connotation of the goat to Muslims, in their mass sacrificial heritage, is that animal sacrifice and flesh eating was not recommended in the Koran. Mohamed, it must be assumed by reference, was vegetarian and his occasional indulgence in meat according to scholars, was purely an act of sympathy with those who could not face or feel comfortable with a vegetable diet. In the Koran it is clear that The Master encouraged his followers to resort to meat, only if incapable or unable to resist the temptation. He classified followers in two strata - those with the will to resist meat and those who could not. The teachings refer to vegetarians as of a higher level of spiritual advancement - and better equipped to evolve towards the Divine. There is no confusion in any of the words utilized to describe this pro vegetarian indication in the sacred writings.
Some, cultures whose Gods are often depicted as hunters, like the Greeks, for example, are usually displayed with fruit and vegetables at their banquets and their Moussaka , now an international favourite, is a good example of their ample and widely accepted vegetarian cuisine. The Romans, despite their warring nature, were generally very fish orientated and their “ketchup” which is now produced in the form of Perring´s sauce, was essentially anchovy herbs and vinegar. From time immemorial, Dairy products cover all their tables and cheese, particularly goat, forms a major part of the everyday diet. Italians are also sporadic meat eaters and even their pasta dishes and risottos are plentifully meatless often l like the very popular pesto.
The Demonic Association.
Whereas the main religious and moral fighters of the East were in the main, vegetarian, there are religious deities which are by nature blood sacrificial and to this day denominated Satanic, with clear indications of repudiation by other societies associated with higher noble values. They are often described as barbaric for their savagery and for their gruesome animal butchery with opposing armies reluctant to even fight with them. So were the Iberians. Alternatively, the bull eaters and worshipers in full fanatical orgies were an exclusive religious sect within the adoration of the (satanic) God Baal, despite him really being a God of love and commitment to nature which made him very popular among such a wide variety of peoples throughout the known world of the time. The religious idol worship ceremonials are as pristine to this day in Southern Spain as they were in the time of Jesus in Palestine and Syria. In fact, Baal like Mithras is best seen in the sacrificial bull worship which is the Phoenician heritage of Spain today. The captive Baal with his thistle decorations is still kept in the figure of Jesus in his crucifixion journey and may have influenced his decision to go forward in this way. There is no doubt that he would have attended these pagan processions in the same way as he would have appreciated full Greek cultural expression which he experienced in his Egyptian early days and which was the legacy of the Ptolemy´s and Alexander. Pre Christian engravings on stone show Baal in exactly the same crossed hands posture with the same religious cord, shamrock and head decorations that is an awesome sight to watch. The Church, unwilling to recognize its pagan origins, speak of the flashes of light from the Nazarene´s head rather than the thistle which it clearly is and which was venerated by the Phoenicians for its medicinal properties.
The Decadent Romans
The gruesome spectacles of the Roman arenas were classified as suppresive entertainment in those periods of Roman history when their leaders were classified as Gods (despite Caesar having died for it). No animal cruelty every existed under enlightened leadership and Bull fighting was originally an intrinsic part of the Minotaur legends of Crete which had demonized this bull/man monster. Attribution of this barbarity to Persian or Christian followers, underlies misconceptions which were injected into the societies by invading tribes of ruthless worship related to blood baths in preparation for war. The Celts themselves who influenced Christian leaders towards blood sacrifice, were in the main followers of Baal and the Druids adopted the human flesh eating principle which may have influenced the puzzling association with Christian beliefs, but which in representing the absorption of the body of the God was essentially a rudiment of Baal worship. The Celtic mass ritual slaughtering of opponents and selected young sacrificial victims for Divine offer, has no other origins but that of this strange God who was associated with the three hearts of the shamrock and the tri- corn which essentially means three horns. It is curious that the Celtic faith was considered an intrinsic part of Chivalric training and for which King Arthur´s father on knighting him admonished of the duty to preserve. Catholic barbarities and inquisitorial massacres show the extent to which a non violent faith based on the commandments, could be absorbed secretly by another of opposing beliefs and it is still to be understood exactly what it was that Constantine legalized. The course of the substitutions of the false prophets,disturbingly, stand out as powerfully underpinned as that of the original and contradictory teachings which they deviated.
The Asiatic Blood Cults.
Other Satanic God-heads like the repugnant Kali, who appears to be of a vampire nature and still followed today by some secret societies, demanded human blood sacrifice - as did the Aztecs and which ceremonial butchery could be a remnant of an early Phoenician invasion related to the sacred heart of Baal. The name Bull may well be drawn from these sources, since in Latin it was, as everybody knows nothing like it (Taurus). The Northern Indian Sikhs as did other sacrificial sects, like the Thuggies were drawn directly from this Kali demonic essence. Under cover of the sacred need, millions have died in caravan slaughters and it is this specific mass, indiscriminate killing of pilgrims which drew the authorities to consecrate sacred fighting priests who were to be called Templars. Perhaps it might explain why they first had to relate to the Ishmaeli Hashishim whose adepts were well versed in these horrors. Religions of ethical and love concepts rarely every resorted to animal sacrifice or diet other than the products which they could make from their milk. Bad harvests often led to reliance on dried meats which could be carried with ease but only as a secondary measure and in the strict absence of the former. The world religious leaders therefore were more than merely suggestive about vegetarianism and it seems that meat eating was an unavoidable devil practice for the weak and incapable of maintaining the necessary abstinence. As luck would have it, modern man has inherited both sides of the dietary fence and cultural aspirations. His debt to the animal kingdom has yet to be redeemed, but perhaps the growing realization that meat relates to deliberate loss of life and a health hazard, may yet produce the necessary impulse to restore what once was the basic heritage of most of our ancestors - the comfortable feeling of being at peace with ourselves and the world at large.
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