|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
Vegetarian World Forum
AND TO THE PEOPLE OF INDIA
ALL my life I have longed to visit India, for I have always felt it to be my
old homeland, with
its ancient culture, noble ideals, and philosophies. It will be a great
privilege for me to attend the Indian Congress as the representative of The Vegetarian Society, parent
society of the
vegetarian movement. My heart is already with you and will be full of joy at
For many of you vegetarianism is natural, because your parents brought you up without fleshfoods for religious reasons, or because of economic pressure But for some time now religious bonds have been loosening, and this is a good thing which should not be resisted or feared It is desirable that we should do our own thinking and reasoning - a man is not spiritual just because he behaves outwardly like one who is. So in this period of change, increased prosperity, and re-assessment, we must be careful to recognize what is good and what is bad - and act accordingly.
Vegetarianism is one of the good things and is absolutely essential for
spiritual evolution; your great religions and your yogis have taught this for ages. Flesheating
and cannibalism, are
different only in degree and,are downward steps back to the jungle.
Some think it is clever to copy Western habits. We admit that it is not
always easy here, but it
is never impossible and there are at least 80,000 vegetarians living good
healthy lives, and about
45 local vegetarian societies, all of which will do their best to help.
To stem any possible recession from a truly wholesome way of life vegetarian societies are essential and should be established in every town as centres from which a balanced propaganda can go out - with hard facts which show why fleshloods are bad for health, faulty sources of nutrition, bad for the nation's economy, bad morally, a hindrance to creature evolution and to true progress in every sphere of life.
It is our earnest prayer that the 15th World Vegetarian Congress will stimulate a greater interest in the neglected science of nutrition and be instrumental in establishing vegetarian societies throughout India.