|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
I heartily welcome the promoters, organizers, sympathizers,
delegates, and visitors from all countries, races and religions, of
the world who have come to Bharat to take part in the Vegetarian Conference.
It is a unique occasion for all of us, who are non-meat-eaters to meet,
to deliberate, and to act for the good of the animal world as well as
human beings. Materialists, scientists, proud of their achievements
in the field of Atom Bombs, have brought this tiny world of ours to
the brink of Annihilation and extinction. A little spark of a powerful
fanatic person may ignite the volcanoes of destruction and perhaps our
very earth may become a revolving ball of gases and lava, as a result
of the use of modern nuclear weapons, which big political powers of
the world claim to possess. Faith in spiritual and moral values has
been undermined by the new inventions of destruction. The common man
throughout the world feels himself as an orphan surrounded by the storms
of death having lost the guide of the light of a distant Star in the
It is a hopeful sign that the non-meat-eaters or Vegetarians
hare assembled at a time, when the whole atmosphere of the World is
full of talks of war. and bloodshed. Vegetarians abhor, hate, and detest
the shedding of blood of the animal kingdom - consequently of men too.
We, Namdhari Sikhs, are strict Vegetarians since the inception of the
Sect, having learned the lesson of Vegetarianism from the teachings
and lives of the Sikh Gurus. We as a Sect join our voice with all the
vegetarians of the world against the shedding of blood in any form,
animal as well as of men, for purposes of food and political power.
I pray to Almighty God, for the success of the Conference and for the noble cause for which it stands. It is my Sincere Wish that the promoters, sympathizers, delegates and visitors should form a nucleus for bringing good will, peace, and love among men, and God's creation, including the poor, dumb lovable animals. May not man's stomach become a grave for the animals which serve his needs! Let us wish and pray for a happier and better world through the higher principles of VEGETARIANISM!