|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
To all who have dedicated their lives to spiritual living,
to all who have chosen the ultimate in Natural Hygiene as the way of
their preference, to these high-purposed persons do I address these
observations, that, through them, those as yet unaware may be reached.
They, one and all, by their so choosing, have declared before other
men their sincere faith in the Brotherhood of all creatures in which
there are soul-sparks, however latent.
It was not without many qualms of conscience that many
of you did long cling to your former practice of eating whatsoever pleased
the palate, shutting out, as best you could, your soul's protests. But,
eventually, there was borne in upon your reluctance the conviction that,
as meat-eaters, truly were you cannibals of a sort ; since, whether
you will or not, your body does belong to the animal kingdom.
When you began to visualize the varied processes of preparation
of meat-food for the table, how could you do other than abhor it? Have
you not memories of the piteous bleatings of frightened fellow creatures
in crowded trains enroute to a - slaughter house ? One visit to such
a den of iniquity, with its vicious sights and its obnoxious odours
would instantly change meat-eater into a devotee of the Vegetarian Way.
Coercion is not the method to be used in endeavouring
to convert another to the way, even if coercion in such matters were
possible, which it is not, except temporarily for the younger ones in
your homes. The conviction, to be lasting must be one of SPIRITUAL
EVOLVEMENT before there can be a FULL
ATTAINMENT TO THAT HEIGHT
OF LIBERATED LIVING
WHICH IS BEING CALLED NATURAL HYGIENE. IT
SHOULD ALSO BE CALLED SPIRITUAL HYGIENE. One's man-self, yea,
one's animal self, is often slow in that acceptance; but one's Soul-self,
having once attained supremacy, will never, never again permit a return
to the former thoughtless way; for who, giving thought, could possibly
desire so to return? The fruits, nuts, grains and vegetable, of the
earth, so lavishly provided for God's creatures, bleed not, neither
do they, with piteous eyes, beseech your intervention in their slaughter.
True, if motivated alone by self reasons the change in
one's diet cannot be other than beneficial. The fruits, nuts, grains
and vegetables do not decay nor putrefy, leaving disease-breeding deposits
in the passage ways, which should be washed clean by purifying herbs
and delectable fruit juices. The upsurgence of strength and renewed
vitality which is soon evidenced would lure many to give consideration
to a changed diet.
However; far, far more benefit comes to that one who,
BECAUSE OF CHANGED SPIRITUAL MOTIVATIONS f inds
himself no longer able to even contemplate with equanimity the cruelties
perpetrated in the name of food preparation, and who, thereafter, protests
against them in every possible way - the constant out-sending of awakening
literature, and testimonial talks. But most convincing of all is just
living the way of radiant, vibrant health, which is the inevitable
reward of that one who has so attained. Less and less food will be needed
by those who are spiritually advancing: but let that food ever and forever
be only that which is acceptable to one's SOUL-SELF.
That these observations of mine may contribute, though in but a small way, to the attainment of liberated living by those not yet fully aware, is my sincere purpose in presenting May it be so!