Dear Ania

 

Since I made a promise that I send you the information of

"Why we have to be a Vegan", I have been searching for the information and

now I completed my homework for you.

 

I am afraid that it is difficult or long for you 10 years old girl to understand.

But I know you are the very smart girl.

 

The following information is the lecture from the enlightened master that I know.

If you have anything that you want to know, pls give me an e-mail anytime.

 

I love you Ania.

 

With God's Love...

 

 

<The Five Precepts>

1. Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings *;

2. Refrain from speaking what is not true;

3. Refrain from taking what is not offered;

4. Refrain from sexual misconduct;

5. Refrain from the use of intoxicants;

* The keeping of this precept requires a vegan or lacto-vegetarian diet.

 

Why People Must Be Vegetarian  

A lifetime commitment to a vegan or lactovegetarian diet is a prerequisite

for initiation into the Quan Yin Method.

Foods from plant sources and dairy products are permitted on this diet,

but all other foods from animal sources including eggs should not be

eaten.

 

There are many reasons for this, but the most important comes from

the First Precept, which tells us to refrain from taking the life of

sentient beings, or Thou shalt not kill.

 

Not killing or otherwise harming other living creatures is of obvious

benefit for them. Less obvious is the fact that refraining from harming

others is equally advantageous for ourselves.

Why? Because of the Law of Karma: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

When you kill, or cause others to kill for you, in order to satisfy

your desire for meat, you incur a karmic debt, and this debt must

eventually be repaid.

 

So in a very real sense, the keeping of a vegetarian diet is a gift

which we give to ourselves. We feel better, the quality of our lives

improves as the heaviness of our karmic indebtedness diminishes,

and we are offered entrance into new subtle and heavenly realms

of inner experience. It is well worth the small price you have to pay!

 

The spiritual arguments against eating meat are convincing for

some people, but there are other compelling reasons for being

a vegetarian. All of them are rooted in common sense.

They have to do with issues of personal health and nutrition,

ecology and the environment, ethics and animal suffering,

and world hunger.

Health and Nutrition

Studies of human evolution have shown that our ancestors were

vegetarian by nature. The structure of the human body is not suited

for eating meat.

 

This was demonstrated in an essay in comparative anatomy by

Dr. G.S. Huntingen of Columbia University. He pointed out that

carnivores have short, small and large intestines.

Their large intestine is characteristically very straight and smooth.

 

In contrast, vegetarian animals have both a long small intestine and

a long large intestine. Because of the low fiber content and

high protein density of meat, the intestines do not require

a long time to absorb nutrients; thus, the intestines of carnivores are

shorter in length than those of vegetarian animals.

Humans, like other naturally vegetarian animals, have both

a long small and large intestine. Together, our intestines are

approximately twenty-eight feet (eight and a half meters) in length.

The small intestine is folded back on itself many times, and

its walls are convoluted, not smooth.

Because they are longer than those found in carnivores,

the meat we eat stays in our intestines for a longer period of time.

 

Consequently, the meat can putrefy and create toxins.

These toxins have been implicated, as a cause of colon cancer, and

they also increase the burden on the liver, which has the function of

getting rid of toxins. This can cause cirrhosis and

even cancer of the liver.


Meat contains a lot of urokinase protein and urea, which add to

the burden on the kidneys, and can destroy kidney function.

There are fourteen grams of urokinase protein in every pound of

steak. If living cells are put into liquid urokinase protein,

their metabolic function will degenerate.

 

Furthermore, meat lacks cellulose or fiber, and lack of fiber can easily

create constipation. It is known that constipation can cause

rectal cancer or piles.

The cholesterol and saturated fats in flesh also create

cardiovascular disorders. Cardiovascular disorders are

the number one leading cause of death in the United States,

and now in Formosa.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death. Experiments indicate

that the burning and roasting of flesh creates a chemical element

(Methylcholanthrene), which is a powerful carcinogen.

Mice given this chemical develop cancers, such as bone tumors,

cancer of the blood, cancer of the stomach et cetera.

 

Research has shown that infant mice fed by a female mouse

having breast cancer will also develop cancer.

When human cancer cells were injected into animals,

the animals also developed cancer.

 

If the meat which we eat daily comes from animals that

originally have such disorders, and we take them into our body,

there is a good chance we will also get the diseases.

Most people assume that meat is clean and safe, that

there are inspections done at all butcheries.

There are far too many cattle, pigs, poultry, et cetera, killed for sale

every day for each one to actually be examined.

 

It's very difficult to check whether a piece of meat has cancer in it,

let alone check every single animal. Currently, the meat industry just

cuts off the head when it has a problem, or cuts off the leg

which is diseased. Only the bad parts are removed and

the rest is sold.

 

The famous vegetarian, Dr. J.H. Kellogg said, "When we eat

vegetarian food, we don't have to worry about what kind of disease

the food died of. This makes a joyful meal!"

There is yet another concern. Antibiotics as well as other drugs

including steroids and growth hormones are either added to

animal feed or injected directly into the animals.

It has been reported that people eating these animals will absorb

these drugs into their bodies.

 

There is a possibility that antibiotics in meat are diminishing

the effectiveness of antibiotics for human use.


There are some people who consider the vegetarian diet not

sufficiently nourishing. An American surgical expert, Dr. Miller,

practiced medicine for forty years in Formosa.

He established a hospital there, where all the meals were

vegetarian, for staff members as well as the patients.

 

He said, "The mouse is one kind of animal which can support

its life with both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet.

If two mice are segregated, with one eating flesh and

the other vegetarian food, we find that their growth and

development are the same, but that the vegetarian mouse lives

longer and has greater resistance to disease.

Furthermore, when the two mice got sick, the vegetarian mouse

recovered quicker.

 

He then added, "The medicine given to us by modern science has

improved greatly, but it can only treat illnesses.

Food however, can sustain our health." He pointed out that,

"Food from plants is a more direct source of nutrition than meat.

People eat animals, but the sources of nutrition for the animals

we eat is plants. The lives of most animals are short, and

animals have nearly all the diseases that mankind has.

It is very likely that the diseases of mankind come from eating

the flesh of diseased animals. So, why don't people get their nutrition

directly from plants?"

Dr. Miller suggested that we only need cereals, beans and vegetables

to get all the nourishment we need to maintain good health.

Many people have the idea that animal protein is superior to

plant protein because the former is considered a complete protein,

and the latter is incomplete.

 

The truth is that some plant protein are complete, and

that food combining can create complete proteins out of several

incomplete protein foods.

 In March 1988 the American Dietetic Association announced that:

"It is the position of the ADA that vegetarian diets are healthful and

nutritionally adequate when appropriately planned."
 

It is often falsely believed that meat-eaters are stronger than

vegetarians, but an experiment conducted by Professor Irving Fisher

of Yale University on 32 vegetarians and 15 meat-eaters showed that

vegetarians had more endurance than meat-eaters.

He had people hold out their arms for as long as possible.

The outcome from the test was very clear. Among the 15 meat-eaters,

only two persons could hold out their arms for fifteen to thirty minutes.

However, among the 32 vegetarians: 22 persons held out their arms for

fifteen to thirty minutes, 15 persons for over thirty minutes, 9 persons

for over one hour, 4 persons for over two hours, and

one vegetarian held his arms out for over three hours.

 Many long distance track athletes keep a vegetarian diet for the time

preceding competitions. Dr. Barbara More, an expert in vegetarian

therapy, completed a one hundred and ten mile race in

twenty-seven hours and thirty minutes.

A woman of fifty-six years of age, she broke all the records held

by young men: "I want to be an example to show that people who

take a whole vegetarian diet will enjoy a strong body, a clear mind

and a purified life."

 Does the vegetarian get enough protein in his diet?

The World Health Organization recommends that 4.5% of

daily calories be derived from protein. Wheat has 17% of its calories

as protein, broccoli has 45% and rice has 8%. It is very easy to have

a protein rich diet without eating meat.

 

With the additional benefit of avoiding the many diseases caused

by high fat diets such as heart disease and many cancers,

vegetarianism is clearly the superior choice.

 

The relationship between over consumption of meat and

other animal source foods containing high levels of saturated fats,

and heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and strokes has been

proven. Other diseases which are often prevented and sometimes

cured by a low-fat vegetarian diet include: kidney stones, prostate

cancer, diabetes, peptic ulcers, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome,

arthritis, gum disease, acne, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer,

hypoglycemia, constipation, diverticulosis, hypertension, osteoporosis,

ovarian cancer, hemorrhoids, obesity and asthma.

 

 

 There is no greater personal health risk than eating meat,

aside from smoking.

Ecology and the Environment

Raising animals for meat has its consequences.

It leads to rain forest destruction, global heat rising, water pollution,

water scarcity, desertification, misuse of energy resources and

world hunger. The use of land, water, energy and human effort

to produce meat is not an efficient way to use the Earth's resources.

 Since 1960, some 25% of Central America's rain forests have been

burned and cleared to create pasture for beef cattle.

It has been estimated that every four ounce hamburger made from

rain forest beef destroys 55 square feet of tropical rain forest.

In addition, raising cattle contributes significantly to the production

of three gases which cause global warming; is a leading cause of

water pollution and requires a staggering 2464 gallons of water

for the production of each pound of beef.

It only takes 29 gallons of water to produce a pound of tomatoes

and 139 gallons to produce a one pound loaf of whole wheat bread.

Nearly half of the water consumed in the United States goes to

the growing of feed for cattle and other livestock.

 Many more people could be fed if the resources used to raise cattle

were used to produce grain to feed the world's population.

An acre of land growing oats produces 8 times the protein and

25 times the calories, if the oats are fed to humans rather than

to cattle. An acre of land used for broccoli produces 10 times

the protein, calories and niacin as an acre of land producing beef.

 

Statistics like these are numerous.

The world's resources would be more efficiently utilized

if the land used for livestock production was converted to raising

crops to feed people.

 

 

Eating a vegetarian diet allows you to

"tread more lightly on the planet". In addition to taking only

what you need and reducing excess, you will feel better

when you know that a living being doesn't have to die each time

you eat a meal.

 

World Hunger

Nearly one billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition

on this planet. Over 40 million die each year of starvation, and

most of them are children. Despite this, more than one third of

the world's grain harvest is diverted from feeding people to

feeding livestock.

 

In the United States, livestock consume 70% of all the grain

produced. If we feed people instead of livestock,

no one would go hungry.

 

Animal Suffering

Are you aware of the fact that more than 100,000 cows are

slaughtered every day in the Unite Sates?

 Most animals in Western countries are raised on "factory farms".

These facilities are designed to produce the maximum number of

animals for slaughter at the minimum expense. Animals are crowded

together, disfigured and treated like machines for the conversion of

feed into flesh.

 

This is a reality that most of us will never see with our own eyes.

It has been said that, "One visit to a slaughterhouse will make you

a vegetarian for life."

 

Leo Tolstoy said, "As long as there are slaughterhouses

there will be battlefields. A vegetarian diet is the acid test of

humanitarianism".

 

Although most of us do not actively condone killing,

we have developed the habit, supported by society, of eating meat

regularly, without any real awareness of what is being done to

the animals we eat.

 

The Company of Saints and Others


From the beginning of recorded history we can see that vegetables

have been the natural food of human beings.

Early Greek and Hebrew myths all spoke of people originally

eating fruit. Ancient Egyptian priests never ate meat.

Many great Greek philosophers such as Plato, Diogenes and Socrates

all advocated vegetarianism.

 

In India, Shakyamuni Buddha emphasized the importance of Ahimsa,

the principle of not harming any living things.

He warned His disciples not to eat meat, or else other living beings

would become frightened of them.

Buddha made the following observations:

Meat eating is just an acquired habit.

In the beginning we were not born with a desire for it.

Flesh eating people cut off their inner seed of Great Mercy.

Flesh eating people kill each other and eat each other...

this life I eat you, and next life you eat me...

and it always continues in this way.

How can they ever get out of the Three Realms (of illusion)?

 Many early Taoists, early Christians and Jews were vegetarians.

It is recorded in the Holy Bible: And God said,

I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you

to eat; but for the wild animals and for all the birds

I have provided grass and leafy plants for food. (Genesis 1:29)

Other examples forbidding the eating of meat in the Bible:

You must not eat meat with blood in it, because the life is

in the blood. (Genesis 9:4) God said,

Who told you to kill the bullock and the she goat to make

an offering to me? Wash yourselves from this innocent blood,

so I may hear your prayer;

otherwise I will turn my head away because your hands are

full of blood. Repent yourselves so I may forgive you.

(Isaiah 1:11-16) St. Paul, one of Jesus' disciples, said in his letter to

the Romans, It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine.

(Romans 14:21)

Recently, historians have discovered many ancient books that

have shed new light on the life of Jesus and His teachings.

Jesus said:

People who have animals' flesh become their own tombs.

I tell you honestly, the man who kills will be killed.

The man who kills living things and eats their meat is eating

the meat of the dead men.

 

Indian religions also avoid the eating of flesh.

It is said that, People can't get flesh without killing things.

A person who hurts sentient beings will never be blessed

by God. So, avoid taking flesh! (Hindu Precept)

 The holy Scripture of Islam, the Koran,

forbids the eating of dead animals, blood and flesh.

 

A great Chinese Zen Master, Han Shan Tzu wrote a poem

which was strongly against flesh eating:

Go quickly to the market to buy meat and fish and feed them

to your wife and children. But why must their lives be taken to

sustain yours? It's unreasonable. It will not bring you affinity

with Heaven, but make you become dregs of Hell!

 Many famous writers, artists, scientists, philosophers and

eminent men were vegetarians. The following people have all

embraced vegetarianism with enthusiasm: Shakyamuni Buddha,

Jesus Christ, Virgil, Horace, Plato, Ovid, Petrarch, Pythagoras,

Socrates, William Shakespeare, Voltaire, Sir Isaac Newton,

Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin,

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emile Zola,

Bertrand Russell, Richard Wagner, Percy Bysshe Shelley,

H. G. Wells, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Leo Tolstoy,

George Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer;

and more recently, Paul Newman, Madonna, Princess Diana,

Lindsay Wagner, Paul McCartney and Candice Bergen,

to name a few.

 

Albert Einstein said, "I think the changes and purifying

effects that a vegetarian diet have on a human being's

disposition are quite beneficial to mankind.

Therefore, it is both auspicious and peaceful for people

to choose vegetarianism."

 

\This has been the common advice of many important figures

and sages throughout history!

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