First Step of Spiritual Path: Vegetarianism

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Acharya Shree Yogeesh says that the first step to be on the spiritual path is to be vegetarian. Vegetarianism is very important as it teaches on to respect, love, and be one with all living beings. Without being vegetarian, a person will always be mentally, emotionally, and physically imbalance thus making the spiritual path hard to progress in. No one can reach the highest states of samadhi, enlightenment, or self-realization, without being vegetarian.
By eating meat, a person collects karma. It is suggested to eat vegetables, grains, and fruits as these living beings are in a "vegetable state" and do not feel pain.