I shared this post on Social Media interesting, uneducated responses of “people” claiming to be “spiritual” and “love animals, yet eat there flesh.
What do the “Spiritual Teachers” say about eating animal flesh?
Sadhguru a highly respected Spiritual Teacher explains the digestion process of food, Yoga and Energy:
Food is not to be made into a philosophy or a kind of a religious process.
Food is the requirement of the body.
If we watch the body, with what sort of food the body is most happy. Body is most at ease.
You will naturally notice vegetarian, or plant-based food, body is most comfortable and is at ease. It is flexible, it is at ease. It has les to process on a daily basis.
So naturally, those who observed the nature of their own bodies, naturally became vegetarian.
When survival was a question, hunting and eating whatever you kill was a natural process. But once society has settled down, they could grow what they want.
As they observed themselves more and more, and life became not about survival but about enhancing one’s life to higher levels of perception and experience, then turning vegetarian will naturally become, it’s a natural process. It’s bound to happen everywhere.
If you just want to be all beefy brawn, then you can eat lot of meat and just grow muscles and fight with each other. But if you’re looking at how to become sensitive to life, how to become perceptive, how to be able to perceive things beyond what is considered normal perception, then what you put into the system becomes very important.
So what is it that passes through the system with least amount of resistance, with least amount of, you know, struggle in the body. So to put this into perspective, let me put it this way:
See if you eat raw meat, for example, in the human system compared to carnivorous animals. In all the carnivorous animals, the length of the elementary canal is only three times the length of its body, approximately.
In all the herbivores, the length of the elementary canal is five to six times the length of the body. So in a human being it could be anywhere between 24-28 or 30 feet, which is nearly five to six times the length of our body, approximately. In this kind of elementary canal if you put meat, it will travel through this very, very slowly.
Approximately, raw meat would take 70-72 hours to pass through the system.
If you put cooked meat, it will take 50-52 hours to pass through the system.
If you put cooked vegetable meals, it will take anywhere between 24-30 hours to pass through the system.
If you put raw vegetables into the system, it will take 12-15 hours to pass through the system.
If you put fruit into the system, it will take 1.5-3 hours to pass through the system.
So we started recognizing, what is that food which happens in the body with least amount of residue, least amount of impurities and passes through the system very quickly. Because in yoga this is an important thing.
We all manage this even now. If we eat anything, within 2.5 hours we must be hungry, or stomach must be empty. But we won’t eat. Stomach is empty but we’re energetic so we don’t eat.
So generally, here in the yoga center, everybody does only two meals. One 10 in the morning, 7 in the evening. That’s it. I do only one meal most of the days. If I’m traveling, I may do something else a little bit. But otherwise, generally if I’m home, I do only one meal.
OSHO on vegetarianism?
Life in its infinite forms exists as one organic unity. We are part of it: the part should feel reverence for the whole. That is the idea of vegetarianism. It simply means: don’t destroy life. It simply means: life is God — avoid destroying it, otherwise you will be destroying the very ecology”
Man, naturally, should be a vegetarian, because the whole body is made for vegetarian food.
Even scientists concede to the fact that the whole structure of the human body shows that man should not be a non-vegetarian […] If man is not a non-vegetarian and he goes on eating meat, the body is burdened. In the East, all the great meditators – Buddha, Mahavir – have emphasized the fact. Not because of any concept of nonviolence – that is a secondary thing – but because if you really want to move in deep meditation your body needs to be weightless, natural, flowing. Your body needs to be unloaded; and a non-vegetarian’s body is very loaded.
The lighter the food, the deeper goes the meditation. The grosser the food, then meditation becomes more and more difficult. I am not saying that meditation is impossible for a non-vegetarian — it is not impossible, but it is unnecessarily difficult.
The question is not that you have killed the animal and killing is not good, no. The question is that you have killed the animal — you. Just to eat? While beautiful vegetarian food is available? If vegetarian food is not available, that’s one thing. But the food IS available. Then why? Then why destroy a body? And if you can kill an animal, then why not be a cannibal? What is wrong with killing a man? The meat derived from a human body will be more in tune with you. Why not start eating human beings? That too is a question of aesthetics
Try vegetarianism and you will be surprised:meditation becomes far easier. Love becomes more subtle, loses its grossness — becomes more sensitive but less sensuous, becomes more prayerful and less sexual. And your body also starts taking on a different vibe. You become more graceful, softer, more feminine, less aggressive, more receptive. Vegetarianism is an alchemical change in you. It creates the space in which the baser metal can be transformed into gold.
Remember, I am not against non-vegetarian foods for any other reasons. If a man is not meditating, if a man is not trying to grow inwards, if a man is not in search of God, then it is perfectly okay — he can eat whatsoever he wants to eat.
The higher you are trying to reach, the more and more you will have to drop any unnecessary luggage. Only then you can fly. This is unnecessary luggage.OSHO
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