Some noteworthy quotations on Vegetarianism, continued:
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is not an animal on the earth, or a flying creature flying on two
wings, but they are peoples like unto you."
Koran, surah 6 verse 38
"Flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance
of an act which is contrary to moral feeling: killing. By killing,
man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual
capacity, that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like
himself, and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel."
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
George Bernard Shaw
Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet
we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we
feed on babies, though not our own.
Robert Louis Stevenson
One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food
solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with". And
so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself
with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind
his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering
plow along in spite of every obstacle.
Henry David Thoreau
"For the sake of love of purity, let the Bodhisattva refrain
from eating flesh, which is born of semen, blood etc. To avoid causing
terror to living beings, let the disciple, who is disciplining himself
to attain compassion, refrain from eating meat...It is not true
that meat is proper food and permissible when the animal was not
killed by himself, when he did not order to kill it, when it was
not especially meant for him. There may be some people in the future
who, being under the influence of taste for meat will string together
in various ways sophisticated arguments
to defend meat eating. But meat eating in any form, in any manner
and in any place is unconditionally and once and for all prohibited.
"Meat eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit
and will not permit..."
Lord Buddha (Lanka vatara Sutra)
"The reason for practicing dhyana and seeking to attain samadhi
is to escape from the suffering of life, but in seeking to escape
from suffering ourselves why should we inflict it upon others? Unless
you can so control your minds that even the thought of brutal unkindness
and killing is abhorred, you will never be able to escape from the
bondage of the world's life...
After my paranirvana in the last kalpa different ghosts will be
encountered everywhere deceiving people and teaching them that they
can eat meat and still attain enlightenment...How can a bhikshu,
who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on
the flesh of other sentient beings?"
Lord Buddha (Surangama Sutra)
"Devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins
because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others,
who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin."
Bhagavad Gita 3:13
"One who loves Krishna will give Him whatever He wants, and he
avoids offering anything which is undesirable or unasked for. Thus,
meat, fish and eggs should not be offered to Krishna...Vegetables,
grains, fruits, milk and water are the proper foods for human beings
and are prescribed by Lord Krishna Himself. Whatever else you eat,
can not be offered to Him, since He will not accept it."
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"All tremble at Violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the
place of another, one should not kill or cause another to kill."
"He who has renounced all Violence towards all living beings, weak
or strong, who neither kills nor causes other to kill - him do I
call a holy man"
Man is the only animal that can remain on
friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats
Samuel Butler, Note-Books, 1912
"It is said about Lord Buddha sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pasu-ghatam.
He saw the whole human race going to hell by this animal killing.
So he appeared to teach ahimsa, nonviolence, being compassionate
on the animals and human beings. In the Christian religion also,
it is clearly stated, 'Thou shall not kill'. So everywhere animal
killing is restricted. In no religion the unnecessary killing of
animals is allowed. But nobody is caring. The killing process is
increasing, and so are the reactions. Every ten years you will find
a war. These are the reactions."
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"We cannot separate ourselves from those whom we call the 'lower'
animals. They are lower in the scale of evolution, but they, like
us, are members of the One Family. We must not take away the life
of any creature. Indeed, we must never take away that which we cannot
give. And as we cannot restore a dead creature to life, we have
no right to take away its' life."
J.P. Vaswani , Why Kill For Food?
"Therewith He causes crops to grow for you, and the olive and the
date-palm and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo! Herein is indeed
a portent for people who reflect."
Koran, surah 16, verse 11
"A token unto them is the dead earth. We revive it, and we bring
forth from it grain so that they will eat thereof. And we have placed
therein gardens of the date-palm and grapes, and We have placed
therein. That they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands
created it not. Will they not, then, give thanks?"
Koran, surah 36, verses 33-35
"Maim not the brute beasts...Whoever is kind to the lesser creatures
is kind to himself...He who takes pity (even) on a sparrow and spares
its life. Allah will be merciful on him on the day of judgement."
Once someone asked George Bernard Shaw how it
was that he looked so youthful. "I don't," Shaw retorted. "I look
my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What
can you expect from people who eat corpses?"