at the people who complain most of the time, usually they have a good
life and full of energy to be able to waste the time and energy in
gossips and moan about everything all the time. There’s nothing wrong
either. Everyone has the freedom to do what they want and how to spend
their time. Everyone is responsible for their own happiness and
unhappiness, even if they are our family and friends.
though when we are so lucky enough to live in a war free and natural
disaster free zone, some people are still not satisfied and not knowing
how to appreciate the good condition of the environment that enable us
to live easily and enjoy life. We have too much free time and energy
instead of busy with living hood, and we will start to create some
problems in life for ourselves and for others. Or else we will complain
about being too bored in life.
for those people who are living in a war zone and they are always in
fear of their safety and have no time to think about anything at all.
As well as the people who are living in hunger all the time, their only concern is to have food in their stomach to stay alive.
while we are living in a comfortable environment, we always complain
about lots of things such as being very fussy on food. And some people
who are too attached to their likes and dislikes of the taste bud, they
will create so much unhappiness for themselves and other people when
they don't get the food that they like or they don't like the food that
is served to them. And some people complain about don't know what to eat
even when there are so many choices and varieties of food in front of
them just because they are bored with all these food already, while many
people in the world out there are starving not having enough food to
some people are spending so much time and effort in arguing with
themselves and other people about being a vegetarian or non vegetarian,
and criticizing others who are not in their same category, while so many
people out there have no choice at all about being 'vegetarian' or 'non
vegetarian' because they are dying from hunger and malnutrition.
why to cultivate gratitude and appreciation is very important in
achieving peacefulness in the heart and happiness in life.
fact senses are not a bad thing at all. It’s because of them we can
see, hear, smell, feel, taste and think of so many good things and
beautiful things in the world. We can experience so many wonderful
things in life. We should be thankful and glad that we have all these
senses that are working in our body.
that the mind is not us, the feelings and emotions are not us, the body
is not us, the breathing, heartbeat, blood circulation, nervous system,
hormone system and digestive system are not us, the mind is not us, the
ego is not us, the intellect is not us.
don’t own them. They certainly don’t belong to us. Because if so, they
will be under our command as we wish all the time, but they don’t. But
at the same time we need to thank them to enable us to have a wonderful
if we do not know how to stay detached from these senses and let them
control over our mind, we will be in trouble and easily caught in
suffering due to likes and dislikes, cravings and aversions.
the people who are living in the dazzling city lights with their myriad
temptations of sensual pleasures, it is difficult to be completely cut
off from our senses. But having the correct understanding of how the
senses work, and how they affect us in the mind, will help us not to
caught up in any suffering due to the perception of the senses.
like we want to enjoy eating our food. Definitely it is not wrong and
we should be enjoying all the food that we eat with gratitude and
appreciation. But we should not be too attached to our taste of likes
and dislikes. And if only certain food are available in certain areas at
certain timing, we should not be too choosy and create problems and
unhappiness for us and other people who help us to prepare and bring us
should be grateful and appreciate any food that is served in front of
us, doesn't matter if it is vegetarian or not vegetarian, as long as it
is edible and nutritious for our body and give us the energy to survive.
Unless the food is unhygienic and poisonous then we certainly can not
risk our health and lives, by thinking that we should not waste any
we have the opportunity and convenience to have sufficient vegetarian
food in our neighborhood, then we should try to avoid meat eating.
Firstly, it compliments the idea of non killing - Ahimsa
in Yoga practice. Secondly, it is more healthy to eat lots of fresh
fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts than eating meat, especially it is
because most of the meat nowadays is full of injected hormones or has
low nutritional value because the animals are being treated badly and
they are malnourished and living in a very unhappy and unhealthy
if vegetarian food is not available in certain areas or it is difficult
to obtain fresh fruit and vegetables, then meat products are
unavoidable for the people to consume energy and to survive. Under these
conditions, meat eating is excusable as long as when the food comes to
the table, we should eat with gratitude and gratefulness to the animal
that sacrificed its live for us.
the end, it is not merely by eating vegetarian food that will lead us
to enlightenment, but the real practice of self control, dispassion,
wisdom, compassion, desire-less, no lust, no anger, the detachment from
duality and detached from the fruit of action which lead us to attain
should not put too much energy and effort into the argument of
vegetarian and not vegetarian according to the availability, when so
many people out there don't even have enough food to survive. Instead,
we should be concentrating on other important practice of purification
of the mind, detachment from egoism and duality, dispassion and self
control, and practice real Ahimsa
in our thoughts, actions and speech in everyday life, so that we will
not generate any harmful and evil thoughts, action and speech towards
is no meaning if we are eating vegetarian food but at the same time we
are full of anger, hatred, jealousy, lust, greed, arrogance, selfishness
and ignorance. As well as if our thoughts, actions and speech are
harmful to other people.
people even say that it is because there are too many people in the
world, that's why there are not enough food for everybody, and they
suggest that everyone should not produce any more new babies into the
world, and some other people should die due to wars, natural disasters
and diseases, so that there are less people in the world to share the
limited food supplies with them.
an ignorant thing to say like that and so selfish of them to think like
that in order to keep enough food in the world for their own
survival... Why not they sacrifice themselves to give their portion of
food to other people instead of wishing other people to sacrifice for
them? What make them so special? Who gives them the privilege to even
think about some stupid ideas like that? What does selflessness and
compassion mean to them?
Every being has its own Karma and the rights to be born as a human being to be
able to attain salvation and to evolve in the path towards
Buddhism teaching, even animals need the chance for them to be reborn
as human beings to be able to evolve in the path towards enlightenment.
No doubt that if we feed ourselves with Sattvic food like milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts and grains will help us to have a calm mind. And Rajasic
food like salt, sugar, onion, garlic, coffee, alcohol, too much spice,
hot and pungent food will make our mind very busy generating lust and
desire. And Tamasic food like meat, fish, eggs, mushroom, drugs, overly cooked food, and unfresh fruit and vegetables will make our mind dull and lazy.
at the end, if we are well trained in our self control, have strong
dispassion and desire-less, have subdued our ego - became selfless and
have eradicated lust, greed, anger, hatred, jealousy and arrogance, if
we are truly detached from duality and are firmed in concentration and
meditation, have purified our mind completely, then the different types
of energy from different types of food will not be affecting our mind.
eat food only to maintain this physical body for us to walk the path of
spiritual enlightenment, and not attached to the taste, smell,
eyesight, sound, touch and thoughts. Detached from praise and censure,
happiness and suffering, success and failure, birth and death, heat and
cold, likes and dislikes, comfort and discomfort, craving and aversion.
Detached from all the names and forms. These are the real detachments
that we need to practice.
course if we can have enough of vegetarian food in the world for
everyone, then we don't have to sacrifice the lives of the animals to
supply us with meat as food. And human beings don't need to hunt or kill
animals for food.
when we show compassion towards the animals, how many of us do show
compassion towards small little insects as well and protect them from
being harmed? Those little insects that are living in our homes, usually
they are not welcome and are killed by us human beings intentionally
and unemotionally. These insects also have the will and the right to
live. They have the freedom to be anywhere on earth even in our homes.
It doesn't mean that when we bought a house, we also own the space and
the earth. These little insects have been living here at this space and
on this earth for many generations long before there were any houses or
buildings here. We think that these little insects are invading our
property and space. But actually, we are the one who have invaded their
space of living and destroyed their homes.
we respect these little insects and allow them to live harmoniously
with us in our home, a place so called ''our house'' just because of a
piece of document stating that ''we'' are the owner of this property and
we have to pay lots of money to the bank.
though we do pay for the house, but we don't really own the earth and
the space inside and outside this building. Because who is the real
owner of the earth and the space at the very beginning? Not the
developer, not the land office, not the government, not the people, not
the animals, not the insects, not the plants, not the birds...
belongs to nature, and it allows everything to be on it and in it, it
allows every thing and every living beings to utilise its resources.
Nature didn't sell this earth and space to anybody, so how come someone
came to us and sold us the land, and told us it is ours now?
the plants, insects, birds and animals were living here and occupied
this space for a long, long time before we human beings explored this
place and took the land, and built houses on it, and called it ''houses
come now after we have invaded their space of living, we are merciless
to these little insects that came into our homes, and we try to get rid
of them or kill them with chemical and poisons? Are they not living
beings too? Maybe they are not as intelligent as human beings, but they
do have the sense of taking care of their baby insects and feed them.
They know what team work is, collect food for their whole community,
share their food and protect themselves from danger and harm. This is
far better than many selfish and ignorant human beings, isn't it?
top of non-harming (Ahimsa) to the animals and the insects, if every
human being is selfless, wise and compassionate towards other living
beings, then this world will be a truly Ahimsa place.
unfortunately, even though there is enough of vegetarian food for
everyone, most of the fruit and vegetables that we get from the market
are full of chemicals and are genetically modified, which is not so
healthy for us to consume also. Some of the Asian vegetarian food from
the restaurants are full of deep fried fake meat which is full of
artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. As well as most of
the vegetables are overly cooked and seasoned with lots of salt, sugar
and MSG. This doesn't really provide us with a healthy nutritious meal.
so, we would prefer to eat organic fruit and vegetables. But
unfortunately, the prices of these organic food from the market are much
more expensive than non-organic food which is understandable due to the
cost of production, but it is not affordable for many people and not
really accessible in every places.
we want to try to grow our own organic food, but it is only applicable
if we have a piece of land with good soil and good water accessible to
it. From the condition of the earth now which is badly polluted by us
human beings, it is not easy to get a piece of land to grow organic food
on it. And not many people are prepared to do lots of hard work on
farming the land.
for people who are living in the cities and in concrete apartments,
this is almost impossible for them to grow any organic food, not to say
to grow enough food for themselves.
But if we never try, we won't be able to make any positive changes for our well being and for the welfare of the environment.
we eat, whether vegetarian or not vegetarian, we should eat with the
awareness of gratefulness and thankfulness. It is because of the
existence of plants and animals that sacrifice their lives to fill up
our stomach, give us the energy and keep us alive.
need to be grateful for all the food both vegetarian and non vegetarian
that are available for us here on earth and may we all utilize this
body meaningfully to do good and serve humanity, and use the opportunity
of having a human life to work hard on attaining spiritual
We need to be grateful for our parents who brought us into this life to have the opportunity to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
We need to be thankful for all our teachers, good friends and everyone who helped us to go through different stages in life.
Let us show gratitude and respect to the earth, the air, the water, the sun and the space.
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