Becoming Vegetarian

Becoming Vegetarian

Introduction

This is a movement which is gaining greater support within western society. There have been many famous vegetarians such as Damon Albarn (lead singer of Blur) and Albert Einstein, who is recorded to have said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

The Sikh Gurus were also promoters of a lacto vegetarian diet and indeed, every week there are thousands of people who are served a free vegetarian meal at Sikh temples across the globe. So what is all the fuss about? What are the advantages of becoming vegetarian? Well there are five main groups of reasons which are listed and further explained below:

7 Health reasons
3 Environmental reasons
1 Compassionate reasons
1 Karmic and Spiritual reason
1 Financial reason

You will live longer

Vegetarians live about 7 years longer and vegans about 15 years longer than meat eaters. These findings are backed up by the China Health Project (the largest population study on diet and health to date), which found that Chinese people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risk of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases.

And a British study that tracked 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years, found that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases.

You will give your body a spring cleaning

Giving up meat helps purge the body of toxins (pesticides, environmental pollutants, preservatives) that overload our systems and cause illness. When people begin formal detoxification programs, their first step is to replace meats and dairy products with fruits, vegetables and juices. “These contain phytochemicals that help us detox naturally”, says Chris Clark, M.D., an expert in detox programs.

You will save your heart

A typical meat eaters diet, is filled with saturated fat and cholesterol. This is the reason why cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the USA.

Children as young as age 3 who are raised on fast food and junk food show early signs of heart disease, according to the Bogalusa Heart Study done at the Louisiana State University. Cardiovascular disease is found in one in nine women aged 45 to 64 and in one in three women over 65. The risk of a man on a typical American diet drops from 50 percent to 15 percent simply by cutting out meat, dairy and eggs. Partly responsible, is the fact that fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidant nutrients that protect the heart and its arteries. Plus, fruits and vegetables contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. Incidentally, cholesterol levels for vegetarians are 14 percent lower than meat eaters.

You will avoid toxic chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 95 percent of pesticide residue in our diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products. Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCB’s, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium) that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products are also laced with steroids and hormones.

You will help reduce waste and air pollution

Each year, the factory farms in the USA, collectively produce 2 billion tons of manure, a substance that is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the country’s top 10 pollutants. And that’s not even counting the methane gas released by cows, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the green house effect), the ammonia gases from urine, poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons, toxic chemicals from pesticide, and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.

Better for digestion

As the health and ecological sciences have recently discovered, vegetarianism is a human’s best and natural diet. The intestinal length of carnivores (meat-eating animals) is three times the body length to allow for quick removal of flesh wastes that putrefy in the intestines. A human’s intestinal length, like other herbivores, is six times his body length and is designed for digesting vegetables, grains and fruits. Carnivores do not chew their food. Herbivores, including humans, chew their food and have a similar pH value in their saliva. Our digestive system is closest to fruit-eating primates.

The effects of eating meat on our mind

There is currently no sufficient scientific evidence to support the idea that eating meat creates aggressive tendencies in human beings. However, there is no doubt that migrating to a vegetarian diet will create a greater peace within one’s mind and body.

You will help protect the purity of water

It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, but just 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. Not only is this wasteful, but it contributes to rampant water pollution. A 1997 study by the Senate Agriculture Committee (USA) found that 60 percent of American waterways were polluted, and the major reason is animal agriculture. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development lists nitrate pollution (from fertilizer and manure) as one of the most serious water-quality problems in Europe and the United States.

You will preserve the world fish population

Because of our voracious appetite for fish, 39 percent of the oceans’ fish species are over harvested, and the Food & Agriculture Organisation reports that 11 of 15 of the world’s major fishing grounds have become depleted.

You will help to reduce famine

72 percent of all grain produced in the USA is fed to animals raised for slaughter. It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there would be enough food to feed the entire planet. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land can produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef!

You will help to stop animal suffering

Almost all pigs are factory farmed. They are often in dark, barren, overcrowded pens and suffer from broken bones, ruptured stomachs, pneumonia, meningitis, cuts and wounds which often kill the piglets because they are not cleaned. Also 100,000 chickens are crammed in sheds. Four fifths have broken bones or deformed legs and feet by the time they are killed at just six weeks old.

You will help reduce NHS costs

The USA spends between $60 billion and $120 billion annually to treat the heart disease, cancer, obesity, and food poisoning that are by products of a diet heavy on animal products. The NHS in the UK also spends a large percentage of its budget on people with these ailments. This is a cost which could be reduced by adopting a vegetarian diet.

You will create less karmic debt for your soul

Creatures of God can be divided into 6 groups with each group having one more sense than the other. One sense creatures have the sense of touch only and includes vegetables, fruits, water and air. Two sense creatures have touch and taste and include worms and leeches. Three sense beings have touch, taste and sight and include ants and lice. Four sense beings have touch, taste, sight and scent and including bees, flies and fish. Five sense beings have touch, taste, sight, scent and hearing and include animals and birds. The final category of creatures, have intuition as the sixth sense and only includes humans.

Out of all the above creatures, eating and using one sense beings (vegetables, fruits, water and air) will create the least karmic debt for your soul and this is the only recommended food for spiritual development.

Are eggs vegetarian?

Sikhism has always recommended the avoidance of eggs. Some reasons for avoidance include:

  • Chickens on battery farms feel much distress due to overcrowding and poor conditions. This erratic vibrational frequency will pass onto the eggs which may create a disturbance in a human’s wellbeing if the egg is eaten
  • A chicken may have diseases that could pass on to its eggs including salmonella and chicken flu
  • The eating of eggs is essentially the eating of a chicken’s menstruation

Misconceptions regarding protein deficiency in vegetarians

The World Health Organization states that 45 grams of protein eaten per day is ideal for tissue regeneration. This is easily acquired through grains, legumes, vegetables and dairy products. Meat-eaters ingest over 100 grams, an unhealthy overdose. Meat protein is poor quality. The Max Planck Institute reported that vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and grains are excellent sources of complete proteins and are easier to metabolise.

Conclusion

Being a vegetarian, makes you healthier, its kind to the environment and loving to animals, financially more cost-effective and allows you to progress your spiritual development.

32 comments

  1. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

    3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus

  2. Arashdeep.Kaur

    i dont agree with this article especially when u said removing the 5ks aint a sin … well probably u didnt read dasam granth and think dasam granth doesnt belong to us… and for the make up part… we are suppose to live the way god made us. and who are we to be compared with guru sahib ji? do u do that mmuch meditation.. why are u tryna make sikhism a game? i wonder if u wanna look like a sikh and inside u wanna be no different from this world..

    i am no perfection but i would like to warn u for wat u r doing

  3. how do i get padam nidhi powers

  4. how can i see beyond my 2 naked eyes

  5. Kanwaljit Singh

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki Fateh, I really really want astral travel, I want to go out of space and I know to accomplish this it will take me a really long time. Roughly in our days or weeks could i master astral travelling?

  6. I really like your article and am doing naam meditation. I can truly and clearly hear a sound but I am worried that what I am hearing is just tinnitus a disease of internal hearing. How does one distinguise between tinnitus and naam?

    Thank you very much.

  7. ya there r more ewadances and scientific proofs about reincarnation, such as, universe and all universe elements r made up from energy which we called living things, and human beings r also have a many energy centers in thre physical body, according to physics energy never dies, it comes again and again in different forms after physical death. am i right?

  8. Jaspreet Sodhi

    Do you have the lyrics to the sukhasan shabad “jethai jaye behai mera satgur” in Gurmukhi? Or advise where I can find the Gurmukhi lyrics?

  9. Whatever written about homosexuality here is rubbish. Its not allowed at all and the writer has also mentioned lust (kaam).

  10. Patrick/Paddy

    By practising Sodarshan Chakra Kryia with eyes closed does it matter.Where is the earliest date of which this Kryia is mentioned in yoga.Also the breath of fire from kundalini yoga how far does this go back?.I belive Sodarshan Chakra Kryia ,Breath of Fire & Kapalbhati Pranayama combined is Extremly powerful.Will bring unlimited powers.

    Best Regards

    Paddy

  11. Sat Sri Akaal Ji

    This is great information about the panthic ardaas. :)

    Would it be possible for you to include some information about personal ardaas, please?

    WJKK WJKF

  12. I feel great to see answers of the questions put here.but I some doubts in my mind related to Amrit dhari Sikh………….

  13. Fateh ji,

    Very interesting post but how do we make all of this happen to ourselves? As in “apply” is there like a mantra for each one? Email back please, thank you.

  14. Charanjit

    Bhul Chukk Maaf

    I am sorry to say but this article is too far from Rehat Marayda.

    In any corner of the world, when Panj Pyare Baptise any Sikh, they clearly tell “Not to Remove Kakar in any avoidable circumstances” except for Airport security checking or other Law of the Land. Removing Kakar for personal comfort or pleasure like for swimming, sun bathing is totally against Marayda.

    Also you forget to mention “Satguru Bajo Gur Nahi Koi, Ni-Gure Ka Hai Naam Bura”. One saint who eat from the hannds of Bhai Amardaas Ji (before he accepted any Guru)condemn that his al life Bhagti got wasted. That was the only turning point when Guru Ji started to look for true Guru. Jehre bande Guru de Amrit de daat nu nahi accept karde, Oh Guru nu vi nahi Accept Karde. Guru Sahib ne kiha hai “Rehat Pyari Mujko Sikh Payara Nahi” . So jo log Rehat nahi rakhde, una de hatho paani lai ke peena vi tuhadi bhagti te asar paunda hai.

    See the Author of the above article has just presented his personal views about Sikhism. Its not what Guru Sahib told us completely.

    Bhul Chukk Maaf

  15. the simple theory about that the reincarnation is false is that the global birth rate is greater than the death rate, is your God having a soul factory where new souls are created! [:P]. There is nothing like God, the greatest judge of humans is their conscience nothing else.

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    http://www.acceptingrealities.blogspot.in

  16. Excellent – I was always looking for this. I can always find the Ardas but not the precursor to Ardas. It would be great to have the voice to cover above.

  17. Why is it bad religion to go prevent scientific research? Not all scientific research has been beneficial to society or the planet which the way that is written implies.

  18. Which prayers in general from the Guru Granth Sahib balances the chakras? or does it have to be kundalini yoga sets/meditation?

  19. WJKK WJKF – Thank you – your site has been so helpful – I am teaching children at Gurdwara and have used your translations. WJKK WJKF

  20. swaminathan

    namaskar sir,i want to learn the super natural powers u had written please let me kniow who is giving practise to learn now

  21. GOOD DAY VERY WELL SAIL ABOUT NAAM .PLEASE I WANT TO KNOW WHO THIS ENLIGHTED SOUL IS?PLEASE DO TELL ABOUT YOURSELF HOW HAS SUCH WONDERFUL IDEAS KNOWLEDGE AND CLEARITY ABOUT NAAN .THANKS REGARDS AVINDER

  22. PLEASE DO TELL WHO U R? THANKS REGARDS AVINDER

  23. I have been wanting to take the amrit. But I am scared if I make a mistake I want to know the necessities it requires to be Amritdhari. So can someone please reply to this as soon as possible with a reply

    Sincerely, Confused

  24. Vaheguru Ji Ki Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    I love this pages vocabulary words it seems to have a bunch of words that may and will be useful. I think this websites pages are full of facts and great sources!

    Vaheguru Ji Ki Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh

  25. I believe guru saheb I want a punjabi religiUS name

  26. Here is how I made waking up early a habit. By making it a challenge.

    http://keystooptimalliving.com/6-am-challenge-the

  27. This article is a contortion of Sikhism and it’s scriptures to satisfy the Gay agenda. Lavaan bani clearly states man and woman. Rehat maryada clear states man and woman. Please read bani clearly, it repeatedly gives reference to wife and husband as soul bride and to god. It never has once went against the norm and referred to anything homosexual. Homosexuality goes against gristh jeevan because it’s basis is of lust, and procreation isn’t possible. Love everyone, yes. However please understand that love bani refers to is of God, what you see referring to is attachment.

  28. Sikhism says none of this stuff. If it does pls provide quotes from sikh gurus. What the cult leader yogi bhajan taught is not sikhi. His teachins about sex have no basis in sikh guru granth sahib.

  29. Marriage, in Sikhism, is regarded as a sacred bond in attaining worldly and spiritual joy. Sikh Gurus define marriage as: “They are not husband and wife who only have physical contact; rather they are wife and husband who have one spirit in two bodies.”

    Sikh Gurus showed a lifestyle which one can follow to meet God. It is better to get married to someone with whom you share similar beliefs than to marry out of religion. Sikhism does not state that marrying out of religion is wrong or a sin. However, the marriage has a far better chance of success if the couple belongs to the same religion. Since beliefs can differ and can cause conflicts, it is better to be with someone with the same belief system.

    The more a married couple has in common, the more likely their marriage will be successful. When a couple disagrees on basic core values and beliefs, it can lead to additional stress, conflicts, and disappointment. The issue of how kids are raised can be especially problematic. The decision regarding which teaching and beliefs should the children be taught can become difficult to deal with.

    Sikhism is a modern religion, and instructs that all humans are created equal. In no way Sikhism states that one should not marry another human because they are less of human or inferior. All humans are equal but people from different religions have different beliefs. The difference in beliefs system and lifestyle is the main reason to marry within the religion.

    A Sikh can get married out of the religion if they choose to, however they cannot do so in the Gurdwara Sahib since Anand Karaj (Sikh Marriage Ceremony) is very spiritual, religious and a promise with God.

    In order to live a peaceful lifestyle to accomplish the purpose of the human life, one should get married to a Sikh so that the couple can together carry on their journey on the path showed by Sikh Gurus.

  30. prub singh

    dear sister,

    marriage means living a life with someone with whom you can share your life.

    Amrit means converting to a different faith. To become a sikh you must take baptism. As sikhi does not consider that being born in a sikh family makes you a sikh, you have to earn sikhi.

    A sikh condemns following practices that are prominent in hinduism such as-

    idol worship

    pooja

    picture worship

    polytheism

    rituals

    pilgrimage

    fortune telling

    kundli/matchmaking

    dancing in the means of god (it is manmukhta)

    yoga(except fitness)

  31. JS- YOU have no idea what a SIKH is. So research and read the scriptures before commenting.

  32. prub singh

    There are more sister so therefore you must convert in order to marry him. I was a hindu myself until i discovered sikhi and converted.

    It is the truth!

    Trust me you will be happy to become a sikh because sikh women enjoy folowing rights-

    equality

    respect

    no manusimriti rules and misconceptions (i.e. not taking name of the husband, bowing and touching feet of your husband, eating after you husband etc.)

    either woman are considered equal and many great woman have lead the armies of sikh mens and misals.

    and most importantly you do not have a caste system.

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