why should we be vegetarian?
July 14, 2011 7:39am CST
hi friends, i am a vegetarian. i dont know the reasons why religious book like bhagavad geetha tells us to be vegetarian.humans are designed to eat both vegetarian and meat by the tooths we have. is there any logical explanation for this except mercy to living things? also i know some one who is vegetarian, but due to some lack of vitamin doctors suggest to eat fish and egg. i am looking forward for your explanation, thanks
• Adelaide, Australia
8 Aug 11
There are a great many reasons why people should be vegetarian - vegan if possible. There are also a huge list of benefits of the veg*n diet - too many to list right here & now, but if you were to sift through all my postings over the years, I'm sure you will get a better picture. If there was a choice between taking the advice of certain under-educated members of the medical profession (who have studied less than two hours, if that, on the topic of nutrition & are therefore not qualified to give any nutritional advice whatsoever!) & the wise experience of ancient sages which we do not always fully understand, it isn't too difficult to determine which one is best for you! Humans are not designed to eat both vegetarian & meat - we were designed to be herbivores from the very beginning - every holy scripture tells us so, medical science tells us so & common sense should tell us so. Any supposed benefits to animal flesh can be more than adequately substituted by plant-based foods. We are not omnivores - our entire make up from our teeth, through to our stomachs, through to our intestines, etc are all very similar to herbivores & humans have bastardized this. I've given my detailed arguments on each of these points in other discussions I've responded to. Have you seen the reports by Cardiologist William C. Roberts? His conclusion is a very definite "Humans aren’t physiologically designed to eat meat"! Let's compare a carnivore & an herbivore: A carnivore has a short intestinal tract, which reaches about three times its body length. Herbivore’s & human's intestines are about 12 times its body length. Both humans & herbivores get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally). Both humans & herbivores sip water, not lap it up with their tongues like carnivores. Both humans & herbivores cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant). Both humans & herbivores have weak stomach acids. Carnivores have extremely powerful stomach acids. Humans & herbivores have little mouths in relation to their head sizes, unlike carnivores, whose big mouths are all the better for “seizing, killing and dismembering prey,” argues nutrition specialist Dr. Milton R. Mills. People and herbivores extensively chew their food, he says, whereas swallowing food whole is the preferred method of carnivores. Humans lack the natural abilities to be good hunters. We are nowhere near as fast & have no claws like predators. There's much more, as I've shown elsewhere in other discussions I've responded to. In response to your point about our teeth, our incisors were not designed for tearing flesh any more than those huge incisors of a gorilla. What does a gorilla use them for? I think you know the answer! Tearing the flesh off fruits - not animals! Our teeth are like those of a herbivore, both in structure, having no jagged edges, etc & in similar number too. We must educate ourselves on these things. Please also view the website of the Hare Krishna's to see what they have to say regarding the Bhagavad Gita.
• Adelaide, Australia
8 Aug 11
Thank you for the BR. In addition to the above info, if people were meant to eat meat, they should eat it raw like the carnivorous animals, not cooked. Cooking destroys all the enzymes needed to digest & absorb proteins! Also, the only sodium (mineral salts, etc) that humans can digest & absorb must come directly from plants (not sea salt, etc). There's a whole heap more info out there - I'll leave any further research on the matter over to you!
• Koeln, Germany
19 Jul 11
I'm not a religious person, in fact I'm an atheist. But. Those old books often contain wisdoms that are not really understood by the descendants of the people who they were originally destined for, i.e. for the people of the respective religion at the time they were written. This is rooted in the changes society has been through over the ages and how people perceive nature and its beings nowadays. You cannot simply learn the value of life by reading a book if you don't read it with your ''heart''. You have to experience it, you have to listen to your soul, listen to nature and not to the statutes of modern society which are only too often NOT based on ehtics and moral let alone spiritual concepts but rather materialistic/ imperialistic ones. there's nothing to worry about vegetarianism if your diet is ok and balanced, same is true for omnivores. If you eat meat and your diet is bad you can still lack certain vitamins and other important food ingredients. Cheers
19 Jul 11
hi friend, as you said, the people who lived here long ago had written such instructions with certain purposes. some of them have scientific backgrounds. some of them were due to the lack of facilities in that time. eg: i am told by my grand mother not to cut my nails after the evenings, the reason behind this is in the old days the lights are not often and there may be a chance to foot into the cut nails in floor. thus we have to search for the reasons before blindly following them.
19 Jul 11
Some people believes that eating meat is really forbidden. Simply because its like you are eating your own kind. I respect what they believe in, But we do all have different perceptions. Just like what you said, in religious book we are told to be vegetarian. But in modern day, not all people who are vegetarian is that religious at all. Others maybe on diet or something.
28 Jul 11
I understand vegetarian food itself can sustain a person through his life excepting in rare cases like your friend -- who was advised to take fish and egg. Yes. in West Bengal, India - fish is considered a vegetarian food and even brahmins take it. All this depends on the way we are brought up by our parents. Of course some people should take vegetarian and others non vegetarian to balance -- if everyone takes vegetarian food then cost of vegetables will go up. If everybody takes non vegetarian then cost of fish, egg,.mutton etc. will go up. balancing is better.
22 Jul 11
Hi, I became a vegetarian several months ago. The most important reason for me to be a vegetarian is not to kill many animals. Human being are not both to eat animals. What will we figure when we see a living pig, or a cow? The answer is delicious? Of cours not! We eat meat because human being have been eating meat for a long time, we just do as they are! Animals are not food for us, because they have the same feelings of afraid, fear, sad, happy, and other emotions like human beings'. People learn that a cattle will cry before he is killed, so as to other animals. Human kill millions of animals, what a pity! I can't bear it any more! I choose to be a vegetarian, and I wish more and more people could become a vege!