Dr. Acharya Yogeesh speaks on Vegetarianism. We are not born as meat-eaters and our human body was not meant to digest meat. He talks about the first animal rights movement in history alongside animal cruelty. 3 part series.
There is currently great awareness about vegetarianism especially among celebrities. Truly, we are born vegetarian. The most obvious factor is that our teeth don't match those of meat eating animals. We lack claws to prey on our food source. Animals can digest raw meat without cleansing. Humans cannot do that. All our foods have to be washed of dirt and insects. Our intestines are very long in comparison to animals. Animals can digest meat very fast because of it. In humans digesting meat takes about three days, which means that food spoils in the intestines causing sickness and disease. Meat also clogs our arteries.
In Hindu culture our ancestors who were hunters ate meat. Unfortunately, their blood is still running in our veins. We need to purify it. Thousands of years ago however, out of realization that eating beef was harmful they declared the cow a sacred animal. When people considered the cow sacred they could no longer kill it. The cow is also considered like a mother because we are raised on her milk. The animal rights movement started in order to protect the life of animals.
Krishna's cousin, a Jain tirthankar, had this vision. Krishna arranged for his wedding in a city in an area where many animals were caged in. His cousin inquired of his charioteer why they were there. The charioteer informed him that they were there for the wedding waiting to be slaughtered. He immediately ordered the charioteer to free all the animals from the cage. That was the origin of animal rights awareness. He then asked his charioteer to take him up the hill and there he became a monk and later became enlightened. He was the 22nd Jain Tirthankar. Krishna followed his example and now you see Krishna's pictures always with animals around him. While he plays the flute the animals are in trance next to him. Even animals can go into trance around peaceful people. Krishna loved his cousin and so he left his kingdom and became enlightened.
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