|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Found on a website about Transcendental Meditation (slightly corrected as they gave the date as 1958):
The extract below is from Maharishi's address to the 15th session of the World Vegetarian Congress held at Madras on 30 November 1957 (taken from a Canadian Publication from the early 1960s). Considering the recent events in the world it seems particularly relevant to the present times.
'How are we going to change the 'Killing world' of today into a non-killing world of tomorrow? How are we going to change the spirit of killing, the spirit of aggression, the spirit of violence into the spirit of kindness and love - overflowing love for the whole creation? How are we going to change hardness and cruelty of heart to softness and overflowing love for everybody?
'Through platform speaking? No, it is not possible. Through singing the values of Vegetarianism in to the ears of the non-vegetarians? No, because their ears may receive the message but the hardness of their hearts will repel it..
'Suggestive knowledge? Suggestions from outside do not much change the man.. 'Speaking does not go a long way to change a man. All the great religions of the world have been speaking for it from time immemorial - Eternal Vedas have been speaking of it, Holy Bible has been speaking of it, Holy Koran has been speaking of it, yet the killer kills. The killer knows that he is killing and in return he will be killed. The sinner knows that he is committing a sin and that he will be punished for it. Not that he does not know. He knows it. But, with this information, the cruel is not afraid - his cruelty is hardened still. The killer declares his action is the role of a saviour, he kills in the name of life, he kills in the name of saving life, he kills in the name of maintaining life. He kills and murders ruthlessly in the name of protection and peace. 'In the name of world peace and protection have been waged the deadliest of wars. In the name of peace and protection are preparations being made for the murder of man and creation. Shame to the greatness of the human intelligence which fails to recognise the Judge Supreme!
'Our task of the day is to find a cure for this major ill of humanity. The heart of man is so changed. The inner man has to be transformed.. A direct experience of the Blissful nature of Soul and the inner man is completely transformed. The mind, experiencing the Great Bliss, feels satisfaction and this satisfaction of the mind results in right understanding and virtuous action, kindness, love and compassion for all....
Extracted from Maharishi's address to the 15th session of the World Vegetarian Congress held at Madras on 30 November 1957