32-GO VEGETARIAN FROM SPIRITUAL POINT OF VIEW
In Babas words
There are many disadvantages to eating meat. To eat meat is detrimental to some extent in controlling one’s sexual nature. The main disadvantage is that eating meat increases sexual desires. Consciousness exists in stones, but there is so very little consciousness in stones – almost nothing. It is in vegetation that the evolution of consciousness begins. And consciousness increases as an animal form evolves into another animal form; in man it is complete. With the advance in consciousness, sexuality also increases. The more the consciousness, the more the sexual longing; and the less the consciousness, the less the sexual longing. So, if we eat meat, the degree of sexuality increases in us; but if we remain on vegetarian food then it neither increases nor decreases. (Lord Meher-509)
either increases nor decreases. (Lord Meher-509)
Vegetarian food for spiritual reasons
Baba advised vegetarian food for spiritual reasons, and for the reason of health. Animal food stimulates excitement, lust, passion and evil desires, which are detrimental to spiritual progress. Vegetable food helps one to keep the feelings, emotions and desires balanced and normal, and hence assists the aspirant on the spiritual path. Also it improves health, aids digestion, and is free from certain poisons contained in animal food.
I allow vegetarian to follow their diet and non vegetarian to eat meat, fish etc. I do not interfere with any religion and permit all to follow their own creed unhindered, when faced with love for God; these external ceremonies have no value. Love for God is automatically and naturally result in self-denial, mental control and ego annihilation irrespective of the lover following or renouncing these external adoptions.
Tea and milk
Strong tea provides a very good stimulant to tired nerves. But it causes no real improvement in health. On the contrary, the general health is usually undermined with strong stimulants.
Milk is the best food; it sustains the body and purifies the mind. And the more the mind becomes pure, the more it can be controlled. Desires become less, which is necessary for spiritual aspirants, as there is no progress on the Path without the mind being under control. So long as desires and longings persist, the mind cannot be controlled. From that standpoint, therefore, milk is the best food.
Out of all foods consumed, milk is the best, because there is no loss of life in it. It comes from vegetable kingdom, because in it life is not complete. And worst is animal food. By eating flesh, we at once catch the sanskaras of the animal, and our anger and lust are provoked.
Merits and demerits of different fruits and vegetables
There are three things that are good for increasing and purifying the blood: pomegranates, grapes and tomatoes; but grapes have one defect, they create bile. Okra is good for people with backaches. Potatoes give strength, but create gas. Lentils are good; beans, pumpkins, cabbages and cauliflower are not nourishing, but are tasty. Eggplant is the worst possible thing for you. To eat eggplant is to commit suicide because it spoils the blood and turns it to water. Radishes create gas but they are good for the intestines. Spinach is also very good.
Among non-vegetarian food, fish is the best for the brain because it contains phosphorus. Eggs are good but are hard to digest. Among all food, milk is the best because nothing is killed in obtaining it. The next best are vegetables because life in them is not fully developed. The worst impressions lie in non vegetarian food. By eating meat a person at once contacts animal sanskaras which stimulate anger and lust. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed. Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 1106 –1107).
On the spiritual path, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food has no meaning
These are Babas very words. On the spiritual path vegetarian and non-vegetarian food has no meaning at all-except that a vegetarian should not take pride in that, nor a non-vegetarian look down on a vegetarian.