One Grain, Ten Thousand

Will Tuttle : December 22, 2008

Special Feature Crossposted on The Macrobiotic Guide Online

"From one grain, ten thousand."
See Macrobiotic

This ancient understanding of the universal principle of generosity
and abundance is at the heart of macrobiotics, veganism, ahimsa,
and the spiritual teachings of the world's religions. It points
to the truth that we live in an essentially benevolent and cooperative
universe, and that life is a miraculously creative exuberance flowering
all about us, and with which we are invited to participate by giving
of ourselves.

From one grain spring hundreds, thousands, and millions of grains,
each of which has the same potential. How do we respond to this
existential exuberance of life bursting with more life? Our response
depends on our food! From the early days, there have been two types
of agriculture: plant and animal.

Plant agriculture is essentially more feminine work, cooperating
with the cycles of nature, nurturing the spontaneous growth of herb-,
fruit-, nut-, and seed-bearing plants, and saving the precious seeds
so they could be planted again the following season.

For thousands of years, sacred rituals celebrated the miraculous
abundance of the Earth, the powers of rain, sun, and green growth,
the fecundity of Nature's ever-giving and replenishing womb, and
the joy of receiving a bounty of fragrant, delicious, and life-giving
vegetables, fruits, and grains.

From the beginning, roughly eight to ten thousand years ago, animal
agriculture was essentially men's work and it required violence
and the cruel domination of animals who always resisted as best
they could the mutilations, thefts, confinements, and killings that
were forced on them for their flesh, fur, and secretions. It began
with wild sheep and goats and spread to cows, pigs, chickens, and
other animals, and it always brought out the worst in the people
who practiced it.

Universally, we feel a sense of wonder and joy upon entering a lovingly
tended organic garden. It exudes beauty, magic, delight, and blessedness,
and we instinctively feel grateful, humble (from humus, earth),
and blessed in the presence of the gifts we receive so freely from
forces that accomplish what we can never do: bring forth new life
from seeds, roots, and stems. And universally, we are repulsed by
the violence and sheer horror and ugliness that are always required
to kill animals for food, and at a deep cultural level, we feel
ashamed of our relentless violence against animals for our meals.

We cannot create life, but we can most certainly cause death, and
we do so on a massive scale. It spreads to our plant agriculture.
Though we could humbly cooperate with life by creating widespread
networks of small-scale organic gardens, we tend instead to dominate
nature violently, the way we dominate animals for food, and create
the kind of pesticide-ridden, mono-cropped industrialized agriculture
that is actually a manifestation of the same mentality required
by thousands of years of animal agriculture.

As children, we are all taught to disconnect from our natural sense
of compassion and mercy, and to participate in eating foods of blood
and terror soon after we lose our mother's breast. We are injected
with all the stories that rationalize our violence, the no-soul,
protein, taste-good, and superior-species stories that armor our

As we get older, we are forced to participate in preparing the foods,
cutting flesh from bone, hooking unsuspecting fish, stabbing "meat"
and hardening our hearts to the cries of terrified calves and starving
children, whose grain we feed instead to livestock.

We are cast out of the garden into the rat race of competition and
consumerism, ashamed of ourselves. It is this low self-esteem that
drives the profits of corporations enriching themselves on our insatiable
craving for gadgets, drugs, and entertainment to help us forget
what we know in our hearts, and to cover over the moans of the animals
entombed in our flesh.

The choice is set before us at every meal between the garden of
life or the altar of death and as we choose life and eat grains
and vegetables rather than flesh, milk, and eggs, we find our joy
rising, our health increasing, our spirit deepening, our mind quickening,
our feelings softening, and our creativity flourishing.

We are all connected. At the core of virtually all spiritual teachings
are two interdependent directives: to love God (i.e., to connect
authentically with the transpersonal dimension) and to love our
neighbor (i.e., to treat other expressions of life with kindness
and respect). In the Buddhist tradition, as but one example, these
are considered to be mutually supporting, so the more authentic
our meditation experience, the more we become spontaneously compassionate,
and the more we practice compassion, the deeper our meditation practice
will be able to bring us.

At the core of the Buddhist teaching of ethical living is the Five
Precepts, which are simply the five universal taboos that virtually
every culture on this planet has honored and required of its members:

1.) not killing;
2.) not stealing;
3.) not committing sexual violence or misconduct;
4.) not deceiving;
5.) not forcing alcohol or drugs on others.

When we act in these ways, we not only harm others,
we harm ourselves. As Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "The wrong done
another reacts most heavily against one's self." In animal
agriculture, we routinely break all five of these precepts against
animals used for food. They are:

1) mutilated and killed by the billions
every year;
2) have their babies stolen from them, as well as their
milk, their eggs, and their freedom;
3) are sexually abused and raped by the billions every
year (euphemized as insemination);
4) are deceived by barbed hooks and dark tunnels ending
with electroshocks, stun guns and stabbing blades;
5) are forced to take antibiotics, drugs, hormones, and
psychotropic pharmaceuticals against their will.

This violence lurks in all the animal-derived foods
we eat, perhaps most ironically in the "humanely-produced"
meat, dairy, and eggs that are growing in popularity. Cold, premeditated
killing is an ultimate betrayal of trust and it is the fate of these
animals, and it is an ultimate conscience-destroyer as well for
the perpetrators who directly and indirectly cause the killing.

We are here to bless the world. We are each one grain who can bless
ten thousand, and that is not just our potential but our joy. As
we find our song and give it voice and wings, we contribute to the
healing of our world and join with others in the celebration of
love and beauty on this Earth.

The inner teaching is generosity, humility, and gratitude: that
as we give and nurture, we receive and are blessed. Mindfulness
of our food choices is the key to creating not just the outer gardens
of beauty, sustainability, and nourishment, but to nurturing the
inner garden of our hearts. Choosing plant-based meals is the foundation
of spiritual awakening, authentic generosity, humility, and ensuring
the future of life on Earth-the ten thousands depending on us today.
We are ALL connected.

The world is like a grain of wheat.
When a person sowed it,
He believed in it;
When it grew, he loved it
For he looked forward
To thousands of grains in the place of one;
When he worked it,
He was saved,
Because he prepared it for food.
And again he kept back some grains to sow.

So it is possible
For you to receive the kingdom of heaven;
Unless you receive it through direct knowledge
You will never be able to discover it.

From The Apocryphon of James (brother of Jesus):

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Monday

Will Tuttle : December 22, 2008

As we research, discuss, and deepen our understanding of the mind-body
connection, of the human-animal connection, and of our connection with
all the larger wholes in which we are embedded, our spiritual purpose
will become manifest.

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Sunday

Will Tuttle : December 21, 2008

We exhibit not only hubris but remarkable obtuseness in caging,
torturing, and infecting animals in the name of improving our health.
We can see the outcome of our actions already, as new diseases continue
to arise and old ones spread, often becoming impervious to our
increasingly devastating drugs.

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Obama owns The World Peace Diet

Will Tuttle : December 20, 2008

Dear friends,

Wonderful news! I heard from a vegan
friend in Chicago that she quite often sees Barack Obama in the morning
when she is doing her work-outs, and so I sent her a copy of The World
Peace Diet, autographed specifically to him.

I got an email
from her this morning (Dec. 20) that she received the book and brought
it to the gym, and that she was able to present it personally to him!
She told me that today was his last day at the gym, because tomorrow he
leaves Chicago and begins the process of moving to Washington DC. to
become the next president of the U.S.

to you all for your prayers and hard work! I would like to encourage
anyone who feels so inclined to write to Barack Obama and encourage him
to read the book that he now has in his possession.

Thank you and blessings to all,


The Pigeon & the Bunnies

Will Tuttle : December 20, 2008

little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and  orphaned.
Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were
not  doing very well. 

Noah is a non-releasable,
one-legged homing pigeon that we have here in  rehab.  Noah kept going
over to the bunny cage and looking in…even sleeping in front of the
door to the cage. 

Then, 2 days ago, I only counted
2  bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of
the  cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise…there was the 
tiny bunny…under Noah's wing…sound asleep!  The bunny had crawled
through the cage….preferring a featherbed, no doubt. 

they are all together, and the  bunnies are doing GREAT. When the
bunnies scoot underneath Noah's feathers, he extends his wings out to
surround them..and they snuggle.  When one of them moves and they start
sticking out here and there, he  gently pushes them back under him with
his beak!!!!! This is  amazing!!!


Veg Inspiration for the Day, Saturday

Will Tuttle : December 20, 2008

People who are serious about spiritual growth are apparently capable of
embracing fundamental change in their lives, and may even welcome the

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Friday

Will Tuttle : December 19, 2008

None of us is completely innocent, because to some degree we all are,
and have been, in all three roles as victims, perpetrators, and

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A Quote I Love

Will Tuttle : December 18, 2008 

is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of
stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.  Any
small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist
some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.  It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.  What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing…  We
know that it does not take “everyone on Earth” to bring justice and
peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during
the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.  Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.  The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire.  To
display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce
and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of immense bravery and
greatest necessity.  Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.  If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.‚Äù
  from Do Not Lose Heart by the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

Veg Inspiration for the Day, Thursday

Will Tuttle : December 18, 2008

It is problematic to determine whether our lives as humans have
actually improved over the centuries and millennia, for all our valiant
efforts. Although we have comforts and possibilities undreamt of by our
forebears, we also have stresses, diseases, and frustrations that they
could not possibly have imagined. For animals, however, the situation
has plainly deteriorated, especially over the more recent human

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Veg Inspiration for the Day, Wednesday

Will Tuttle : December 17, 2008

In fact, veganism is not extreme from the point of view of our innate
nature, which longs for love, creativity, and spiritual evolution.

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