Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

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Updated on June 21, 2017
The international community is inviting you to join the world-wide movement towards vegetarianism and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Srila Prabhupad, who started the ISKON movement, had spoken about it extensively, as had Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, who founded the Kauai Aadheenam in Hawaii, USA.

Gurudeva, as he is lovingly called, explained decades ago: 

“People adopt vegetarianism for five main reasons:
  • Dharma,
  • Karma,
  • Consciousness,
  • Health, and
  • the Environment

First, dharma declares that we should not kill other creatures to feed ourselves.

Second, those who eat meat are participating indirectly in violent acts against the animal kingdom. This creates negative karma, bringing to us suffering in the future.

A third reason is the impact of eating meat on our consciousness. At the moment of death, the terror and torture of the animal is bio-chemically locked into the flesh. When we consume the meat, we take that animal’s fear into our own body and it negatively affects our consciousness.

The fourth reason is health. Eating meat has been linked to a variety of illnesses, including cancer. There is no nutritional reason humans have to eat meat. Modern research confirms that a vegetarian diet is a fundamentally healthy diet.

Reason five, the huge industry that raises meat for human consumption is bad for the environment. It contributes to climate change, destruction of rain forests, loss of topsoil and the extinction of species. If the resources currently spent on raising beef, pigs and chickens were instead used to produce vegetarian food; hunger could be reduced worldwide and global warming largely allayed. Today vegetarianism is a global movement.

There are vegetarians among all the religions as well as those who have no religion and their numbers are increasing. Our saints proclaimed vegetarianism to be man’s natural and noble diet. The very name of our religion in Tamil, Saivam, also means vegetarianism!"

Gurudeva added, "Vegetarianism is a natural and obvious way to live with a minimum of hurt to other beings. In my fifty years of ministry, it has become quite evident that vegetarian families have far fewer problems than those who are not vegetarian.”
The international community is, therefore, inviting all leaders in India and around the world, who are enlightened souls with love in their hearts, to join the movement towards vegetarianism and the prevention of cruelty to animals. 

Please bring along your followers if you think they are evolved souls and be rest assured that you will NOT go hungry. There will be plenty of whole grains, lentils, beans, vegetables, fruits and nuts for you to eat and for those in the animal slaughter business, your basic needs can be met until you retrain for other lines of work that are more evolved.

We hope you will join us.

Yours truly,
Spiritually Awake Citizens of the World


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