Vegetarianism And Plant-based Diet

Vegetarianism and plant-based diet

Vegetarianism differs from a strictly plant-based diet. Consuming purely plant-based foods can be considered abstaining. Vegetarianism involves refraining from consuming foods that entail cruel and agonizing killing. With this perspective, the concept of vegetarianism becomes quite extensive.

Milk is an animal product, yet it doesn’t involve killing. Eggs from non-fertilized sources are also animal products, and they don’t involve causing harm. In fact, if stranded on a deserted island, consuming the carcass of a deceased fish that has naturally washed ashore is permissible, as it doesn’t entail deliberate brutal harm.

Vegetarianism And Plant-based Diet
Vegetarianism And Plant-based Diet

However, typically, we associate animal-based dishes with killing, and therefore we attempt to abstain from consuming meat and fish to avoid contributing to the cycle of harming sentient beings. But karmic consequences are far more intricate than this.

For example, if you were to come across a deceased bird, you might suggest feeding its flesh to the dogs, thus not letting its meat go to waste. After all, while alive, even if it wasn’t consciously accumulating merit, in death, its body could still serve some purpose for other beings. The dogs that consumed it incurred a debt, which might have a positive influence on them in a future human life.

In ancient times,, Devadatta persuaded people to oppose the Buddha, demanding that monks not consume any animal products, insisting on complete vegetarianism. The Buddha disagreed. Many monks, considering the Buddha defeated by Devadatta, left Buddha and followed Devadatta’s path.

In reality, comprehending the wisdom of the Buddha is a challenge. The Buddha permitted consuming animal products due to their accidental procurement through alms and offerings, where the monks didn’t participate in the act of killing. Animals consumed by Arhats were so lucky. Those sentient beings are nourished for lifetimes without understanding why. Such accidental karmic connections stretch across countless cycles, eventually leading these beings to genuinely aspire to attain Buddhahood. This forms a positive foundation to guide them towards Buddhism.

In Buddhism, eating vegetarian is a way of nurturing love and compassion for animals. This affectionate sentiment generates positive energy, giving rise to a sense of happiness naturally from a kind heart. When individuals live virtuously, free from greed and desire, their minds become clear and insightful. Simultaneously, they receive love and compassion from all beings. Consequently, each day’s existence becomes happier and more benevolent.

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