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Thursday, June 22, 2006

VEGETARIANISM -4- Energy Release and Epilog

Energy Release on Eating:

Now coming to the concept of energy, the vegetarian food gives us energy immediately, due to the simple cell structure. Animals take a long time digesting and releasing energy, but it can release energy for a sustained period of time. That is probably the reason why most of the people who are at the intellectual and heart level, would always eat vegetarian food, whereas people who are warriors, whose activities include hard work like protecting the country without knowing how long the gap between meals will be, eat non-vegetarian food. So the Kshatriya community would eat non-vegetarian food. This was not taboo for them. Vivekananda was born in a half-Kshatriya family and this cast used to always eat meat. Similarly, people near the coastal areas where fish was available in abundance would eat fish, including Brahmins. The Brahmins outside of the coastal regions and the Vaishyas are intellectuals who eat regularly and, thus, are vegetarian. This is how the food habit of the Indian subcontinent has formed.

Is egg a non-vegetarian food?

One thing that can resolve eating or not eating eggs is that God naturally provided the process of life in the womb, but in the breast he provided food in the form of milk, When the child is born he drinks the milk of the mother; we drink the milk of the cow. Whereas, the egg grows itself in a womb and we know for sure that the egg or the womb is the place meant for procreation or which is meant for creating another living being. So, the vegetarians do not eat egg because it is the product from the womb and not from the mammary gland which is meant for producing milk. So milk is food, whereas eggs are not meant to be food.


To summarize the discussion thus far, it is essential to respect the consciousness, and thus be vegetarian. In areas where vegetables were not available, people would eat non-vegetarian food. Because non-vegetarian food also gives us longer sustenance without food, warriors and long distance travelers would eat meat, while the common intellectual trading person would not. In vegetarianism, it is not a cultural background, but historically, eating non-vegetarian food was a primitive form of eating and when society became more civilized, vegetarian food became primary. So vegetarianism is essentially and culturally an evolved society. Added to all of these discussions are now the medical studies and research which are indicating that the source of many ailments lie in a non-vegetarian diet.


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