VEGETARIANISM

VEGETARIANISM, ON THE BASIS OF THE WORLD’S MAJOR RELIGIONS

By editor - 23.6 2021

 1. Introduction: Certain common threads.

The Vedic tradition of India: Distinguishing between material and spiritual activities The plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead — The principle of sacrifice as the fundamental factor in all activities, including eating What sacrifice will be accepted?

The Christian tradition: The original intentions of God, expressed in Genesis Chapter 1.

29. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good.

The fall of man — from Adam, through Noah to the vision of Isaiah.

Noah Genesis Ch 9:

2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

 4 But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

 Moses in the desert: Numbers Ch 11:

And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for [it was] well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

 19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;

 20 [But] even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which [is] among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let [them] fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits [high] upon the face of the earth.

 32 And the people stood up all that day, and all [that] night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread [them] all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

 33 And while the flesh [was] yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

 Isaiah Ch 65 into 66:

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

                                Chapter 66

 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest?

 2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

 3 He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

The mission of Jesus. d)  Certain important mistranslations (broma, brosimos, brosis, prosphagion, trophe, phago)  

The Judaic tradition: A clarification on the Kosher ideal — the unacceptability of blood.

The Islam tradition: The “Mecca mood” for the perfect pilgrim The perfection of halaal

The Buddhist tradition: Ahimsa (nonviolence) as the fundamental principle.