Vegan and Vegetarian Ahimsa: Non-Violence in Thought, Word, and Deed, Including in the Area of Diet

E Books, Blogs, Websites, and Videos on the Wisdom of Following a Non-violent Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

I believe, based on the current practices of the dairy industry in India and around the world, that classic Saints such as Guru Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tukarama, Ravidas, Tulsi Das, Namdev, Dariya Sahib, etc... if they were here today, would not only be advocating a vegetarian diet but a vegan diet. These days, many are making this transition, including in Sant Mat. This is the direction that the vegetarian movement is headed in. Vegetarianism is going vegan.

It’s hard to reach more subtle states of tranquility in meditation on an animal/flesh diet based on the suffering of other beings. “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” (Jiddu Krishnamurti) In addition to the disability produced by living in an unaware, high violence culture that doesn’t see the problem with that, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are actual chemical influences in the meat that adversely effect meditation, along with the other health issues (growth hormones, antibiotics, cardiovascular decline, inflammation, carcinogens) that have been documented.

“I fully endorse veganism as the most humane and compassionate diet that enhances our spiritual life. It is also the best diet for caring for the environment.” (Dr. Jagessar Das, President of the Kabir Association of Canada: )

Oldest Veg and Vegan Quotes on Earth:

Vegetarian Diet and Sant Mat: The Spiritual and Karmic Aspects of the Vegetarian Diet, from letters of Kirpal Singh and Sawan Singh (Published By Ruhani Satsang USA) — PDF File:

Vegetarian Philosophy: Why I Don't Eat Faces — A Neuro-ethical Argument for Vegetarianism, by David C. Lane —Book:

Why I Don’t Eat Faces: A Neuroethical Argument for Veganism — the Video:

Interfaith Vegan Alliance:

“Vegetarianism and Christianity — are they compatible?” by Keith Akers:

Vegetarianism in Early Christianity:

Vegetarian Diet: Article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians: "James was a vegetarian...." (Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus) “James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3) “John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3) "The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1) Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” (Clementine Homilies 12,6; also see, Recognitions 7,6):

Vegetarian Diet: Article: Uncovering A Vegetarian Jesus at the Beginning of Christianity: "Now beware in yourselves that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh and with the intoxication of wine and with the anxiety of the world, and that day come up upon you suddenly; for as a snare it will come upon all them that dwell on the surface of the earth." (Jesus, Luke 21:34, from a Syriac-Aramaic manuscript of the New Testament):

Some Early Church “Heresy Hunters” used to require meat-eating on Sundays as a way to discover who the vegetarian Gnostics were in their midst! Since Gnostics were generally vegetarians, anyone refusing to partake of fleshly meals would be suspected of heresy:

“While the initial cause for Gnostic vegetarianism has been unknown in the past, many classical Christian authors have documented the Gnostic’s widespread practice of vegetarianism. In a 4th Century Christian document it attests that ‘Heretical Gnostic Christians were still so common, and there were so many Gnostic Heretics among the clergy and monks in Egypt that in the region of Theodosius Egypt, the Patriarch Timothy made eating meat compulsory on Sundays, as a way to flush out the vegetarian Gnostics*.’” — Luke Meyers, “Gnostic Visions”

The Research of Keith Akers on the Hebrew Christians, the Original Jesus Movement:

Jesus Was a Vegetarian:

Vegan, Vegetarian Diet and Buddhism — A Huge Treasure-trove of Buddhist Quotes, Ancient and Contemporary:

The Most Ancient Pro-Vegan Scripture in the World, The Surangama Sutra of Buddhism:

Non-Human Slavery Blog: A Treasure-trove of information on the vegan diet and non-violent way of life, very inspiring:

Supreme Master Ching Hai’s vegan book: “From Crisis to Peace, The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer”:

Be Vegan, Make Peace: “From Crisis To Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer” — The Vegan Solution to Save the World; Organic Veganism to Heal the Planet; Enacting Vegan Laws And Policies; Immediate Global Shift to a Plant-Based Diet; Be the Change You Want to See; Humanity’s Leap Into the Golden Era; A Turning Point in Human Evolution —Published by the Supreme Master Ching Hai Association:

Vegan Diet: Vegans Are Cool, by Kathy Divine: e-book/PDF:

Vegan Videos on Demand, from Supreme Master Television:

Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet (Vegan) — Lecture @ Youtube:

Vegan Diet:

Vegan Diet: @ Youtube:

Vegan Diet: T. Colin Campbell Interview “The China Study” at Hippocrates Health Institute:

Vegan Diet: Youtube: The China Study — Lecture by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, describes The China Study, the most comprehensive study on health and nutrition ever conducted. He discusses the importance of a plant-based diet in the prevention of diseases such as cancer. Presented to the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii:

Vegetarianism in Islam Discussed:

Vegan India Website, Hinduism:

Vegan Jain Publication, Jainism: The Book of Compassion — Reverence For All Life (Vegan Jain Publication):

Vegan Jain Publication, Jainism: Article: “My Visit to a Dairy Farm” has helped many vegetarians transition to a cruelty-free vegan diet:

Vegan Jain Publication, Jainism: Reducing Our Himsa (Violence) Footprints:

Vegetarian Diet and the Sikh Gurus: Nanak abstained from animal food and enjoined against cruelty to animals: "Having prohibited his disciples to drink wine and eat pork, he (Nanak) himself abstained from eating flesh and ordered not to hurt any living being." (Mohsin Fani, DABISTAN-E-MAZAHIB) "Countless are the cutthroats who trade in violence. Countless are sinners who keep on sinning. Countless are liars, wandering lost in their lies. Countless are the impious who live on unwholesome food." (Guru Nanak, Jap Ji, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 4) "You kill living beings, and call it a righteous action. Tell me, brother, what would you call an unrighteous action? You call yourself the excellent sage; then whom would you call a butcher?" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1103). "Kabeer says, the dinner of beans and rice is excellent when flavored with salt. Who would cut throats to have meat with his bread?" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1374) "Kabeer: for those who consume marijuana, fish and wine, no matter what pilgrimages, fasts and rituals they follow, they will all be consigned to hell". (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1377). "One who does not steal, commit adultery, slander anyone, gamble, eat meat or drink wine will be liberated in this very life (i.e. Jeewan Mukt)". (Guru Gobind Singh, 10th Sikh Guru, Sudharam Marag Granth):

Vegetarian Diet and the Sikh Gurus — More: "Living by neglect and greed, the world eats dead carcasses. Like a goblin or a beast, they kill and eat the forbidden carcasses of meat. Control your urges, or else you will be thrown into the tortures of hell." (Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 723). Bhai Gurdaas Ji said: "They eat meat by cutting throats, what will their own condition be?" (Vaar 24, Pauree 17) "To take what rightfully belongs to another, is like a Muslim eating pork, or a Hindu eating beef. Our Guru, our Spiritual Guide, stands by us if we do not eat those carcasses. By mere talk, people do not earn Liberation. Salvation only comes from the practice of truth. By adding spices to forbidden foods, they are not made acceptable. O Nanak, from false talk, only falsehood is obtained". (Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 141) "You kill living beings, and call it a righteous action. Tell me, brother, what would you call an unrighteous action? You call yourself the excellent sage; then whom would you call a butcher?" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1103). "You keep your fasts to please Allah, while you murder other beings for pleasure. You look after your own interests, and so not see the interests of others. What good is your word? O Qazi, the One Lord is within you, but you do not think or contemplation on Him. You do not care for others, you are mad about religion, this is why your life is wasting away." (Kabir, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 483):

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur (1670–1716)

“On 3rd September 1708, Guru Gobind Singh Ji administered the vows and Amrit (blessed necter) to Madho Das, a Hindu Sadhu or ascetic, and gave him a new name, Banda Singh. At the same time, he gave Banda Singh a Nagara (war drum), Nishan Sahib (banner) and five arrows from his own quiver as symbols of Authority. Banda Singh was also accompanied by five Sikhs to assist him to build up his forces so as to repel the tyranny of the Mughal Empire.” —

Hukamnama (edict or order) to the Sikhs of Jaunpur by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on 12th December 1710. “Ek Ongkar Fateh Darshan. Sri sache sahib ji ka hokum hai sarbat Khalsa Jaunpur ka Guru rekhega, guru japna janam savraega, tusi sri akal purakh ji ka khalsa ho, panj hathear banh ke hukam dekhdiya darshan awna. Khalsae di rahet rahena, bhang, tumakoo, hafeem, posthe, dharoo, amal koyee na hi khana, mas masheli paeaj na hi khana, chori jari nahi karni, asa satjug vertaeya hae aap vech pyar karna, mera hukam hae jo khalsae di rahet rahega tesdi Guru bahori kareaga. Methi Poh 12 samvat pahela satrathes.”

English Translation of the Hukamnama Shown Above

“Ek Ongkar Fateh Darshan. By the order of the true king, all the Khalsa of Jaunpur will be protected by Guru ji, Pray to the Guru for he will improve your life. You are God’s Khalsa, wear the five weapons and on being ordered, present yourself. You must obey the principals of the Khalsa. You are not to consume hemp, tobacco, opium, poppy seeds or alcoholic drinks. You are not to eat meat, fish and onions. You must not steal. We usher in a new era, Satjug — the Age of Truth. Love one another. This is my order, those who should live according to the principals of the Khalsa will be protected by God. Dated 12 Poh samvat pahela 1 (= 12 December 1710)” —

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