THE SPIRITUAL SCIENTIST
A Cyber Magazine for Those Who Think

Vol 1 Issue 8

Think Before You Eat


Every day, several times a day, every living being, in whichever part of the world he may be, enjoys a universal ritual - eating.

Most people decide what they eat based mainly on taste, cost, habit, nutrition and convenience. But for those who are a little more thoughtful, here are some other points worth considering.
 

 

A FEW FACTS

NUTRITION

Let us compare the nutrition values of some common vegetarian foods and some common flesh foods:

Vegetarian foods (100 gm)


 
Sr. No. Name of food stuff
Medical calories
1
Cashewnut
596
2
Coconut
444
3
Groundnut
549
4
Cheese
348
5
Ghee
900

 

Flesh foods (100 gm)


 
Sr. No.
Name of food stuff
Medical calories
1
Egg
173
2
Fish
91
3
Mutton
194
4
Pork
114
5
Beef
114

 

ANATOMY

Let us compare some of the physiological features of flesh eaters, plant eaters & human beings:
 
Sr. No.

Features of flesh eaters

Features of Plant eaters

Features of human beings

1

Intestinal tract only 3 times body length, so rapidly decaying meat can pass out of body quickly

Intestinal tract 10-12 times body length, fruits do not decay as rapidly, so can pass more slowly through body

Intestinal tract 12 times body length

2

Small salivary glands in the mouth ( not needed to predigest grains and fruits )

Well developed salivary glands, needed to predigest grains & fruits 

Well developed salivary glands needed to predigest grains & fruits

3

Acid saliva; no enzyme ptyalin to predigest grains

Alkaline saliva; much ptyalin to predigest grains

Alkaline saliva;

Much ptyalin to predigest grains. 

4

No flat back molar teeth to grind good

Flat back molar teeth to grind food

Flat back molar teeth to grind food

Clearly the human body is not made for a non-vegetarian diet.


HEALTH

Due to their unnatural diet meat-eating human beings are far more susceptible to diseases and disorders as compared to their vegetarian counterparts. Comprehensive investigations by groups such as the National Academy of Sciences have linked meat eating to cancer, and the Journal of American Medicine reports: "90-97% of heart disease could be prevented by a vegetarian diet."


ENVIRONMENT

Meat eating also has hazardous effects on the environment, such as forest destruction, agricultural inefficiency, soil erosion and desertification, air pollution, water depletion and water pollution.


WORLD HUNGER

Consider the following data. One thousand acres of Soya beans yield 1124 pound of usable protein. One thousand acres of rice yield 938 pound of usable protein. One thousand acres of corn yield 1009 pound of usable protein. One thousand acres of wheat yield 1043 pound of usable protein. Now consider: this one thousand acres of Soya beans, corn, rice or wheat, when fed to a steer, will yield only about 125 pounds of usable protein.

These and other findings point to a disturbing conclusion: meat eating is directly related to world hunger. A few statistics are as follows -

In summary, millions will continue to die of thirst or starvation, while a privileged few consume vast amounts of proteins wasting land and water in the process. Ironically, this same meat is their own body's worst enemy.
 

 

A FEW QUOTES

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."

Leonardo Da Vinci

"When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls him ferocity."

George Bernard Shaw

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

Albert Einstein

"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants. "

M. K. Gandhi

"The flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling- killing. By killing man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity- that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself and by violating this his own feelings become cruel."

Leo Tolstoy

"Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."

Benjamin Franklin

"As long as man massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."

Pythagoras

"A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food."

J. H. Kellogg.



THE VEDIC PERSPECTIVE

The Bhagavad Gita states that foods such as milk products, grains, fruits, and vegetables increase the duration of life and give strength, health, happiness, and satisfaction. Conversely, foods such as, meat, fish and fowl are putrid, decomposed and unclean. They cause numerous hazards to physical health.

The Srimad Bhagavatam, the summum bonum of all Vedic literature, states that meat-eating is one of the four pillars of sinful life. Apart from bringing severe sinful reactions, meat-eating also dulls the human intellect thus rendering it incapable of understanding the higher dimensions of life. Therefore real spiritual life, nay real human life, can not begin unless a human being stops killing his younger brothers, innocent animals, just for the satisfaction of his tongue.



A REQUEST

We request all the readers of 'Spiritual Scientist' to forward this article to their friends and relatives who may have been misled and victimized by the treacherous propaganda blitz of the meat packing industry. This will help them to think for themselves about their dietary habits and arrive at an intelligent and mature decision.

Join us next month for another session of thought-provoking discussion.


The Spiritual Scientist

Investigating Reality from the Higher Dimensional Perspective of Vedic Wisdom
Published by ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF), Pune 
Dedicated to 
His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada,
The Greatest Spiritual Scientist of the Modern Times
Founder-Acharya: International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Magazine Committee:
Radheshyam Das (M Tech IIT, Mumbai), Director, IYF
Chaitanya Charan Das (BE E&TC), Editor, The Spiritual Scientist
Tulasi Das (BE Mech), Applications Engg, Tata Tech Ltd