On Food and Karma
What do you do when your father-in-law is on his way for a 12-day visit?
Bake scones. Chocolate chunk scones with the help of Vegan with a Vengeance.
Then bake vegetable lasagna, courtesy of The Candle Cafe Cookbook .
And make a list of his favorite foods to veganize over the next 12 days.
And meditate a lot.
And exercise a lot.
And probably drink a lot of wine.
Wish me luck!
I posted an article I wrote for Rethos on Zaadz/Gaia, called On Animals and Culture. Not exactly news to Animal Person readers. I’m broadening my audience through those sites, and I’ve been successful at getting a couple thousand new people to read about veganism and animal rights, so I believe it’s worth the effort. I’ve received some wonderful e-mails and comments over at Rethos and Gaia, and I shall continue with those efforts as long as they appear to be reaching people who are on some sort of path–either spiritual or activism–but have yet to incorporate animals into their path.
Lynne left a fabulous comment on Gaia that might throw some of you for a loop:
"I also think about the flood of chemicals released during the animal’s terror. I don’t want to consume terror, pain, and death."
I don’t write much about spiritual matters on Animal Person, though I’m fairly sure my thoughts about the world’s religions and whether or not there’s a god are pretty clear.
Though I do believe in karma, you don’t have to to appreciate Lynne’s comment. In fact, her point is more urgent. Reread what she’s saying about what you’re consuming. You’re consuming suffering and terror when you eat animals, and that’s certainly not something I want any part of.
I have a bunch of friends who have lived in ashrams (where veganism isn’t always on the menu, believe it or not, as ghee and other dairy products are often consumed), and they’re about as insightful as humans can be regarding the energy of life and death. And most of them still eat animals in one form or another, which I find odd.
And I think I know at least one reason why: karma. But this time, it appears to be misused. When questioned about why she still eats animals despite everything she knows about energy, one friend said to me: "It was the animal’s karma to be my lunch." She actually thought it was acceptable to enlist karma to completely absolve her of any wrongdoing. But karma is about you and your actions, and you don’t get to excuse yourself from doing whatever you want by using karma as a weapon of rationale. This particular friend is obviously yet another person who simply doesn’t want to give up her meat, no matter what happened to it before it reached her plate.
I didn’t think of it at the time, but an appropriate response would have been, "How do you think your karma is affected when you decide to cause harm when you don’t have to?"
What do you think about consuming the energy of suffering and terror? What do you think about karma? And are you surprised to learn that people who’ve lived in Hindu or TM ashrams for years come out and eat animals? (I was stunned.)