VegInspiration. What are animals?

Will Tuttle : October 30, 2009

Celebration FOR The Turkeys by Farm Sanctuary.

So what are we,
and what are animals? Our concepts only reveal our impeding conditioning. We
are neighbors, mysteries, and we are all manifestations of the eternal light of
the infinite consciousness that has birthed and maintains what we call the
universe. The intuitive knowing that would reveal this to us, though, is mostly
unavailable because as a culture we are outer-directed and fail to cultivate
the inner resources and discipline that would allow us to access this deeper

VegInspiration. Pure Consciousness

Will Tuttle : October 29, 2009

2008 CA Celebration FOR the Turkeys by Farm Sanctuary.

By ceasing to
eat animal foods and thus causing misery to our neighbors, and by practicing
meditation and quiet reflection, which can eventually extract our consciousness
out of the brambles of compulsive thinking, we can begin to understand what
consciousness actually is. We will see that to the degree we can be open to the
present moment and dwell in inner spacious silence, beyond the ceaseless
internal dialogue of the busy mind, we can experience the radiant, joy-filled
serenity of pure consciousness.

VegInspiration. Who are we?

Will Tuttle : October 28, 2009

Who are we? What
is our proper role on this earth? I submit we can only begin to discover these
answers if we first take the vegan imperative seriously and live
compassionately toward other creatures. Then peace with each other will at
least be possible, as well as a deeper understanding of the mysteries of
healing, freedom, and love.

VegInspiration. Truth of Compassion

Will Tuttle : October 27, 2009

Sunset On The Farm by tipiro.

By living the
truth of compassion in our meals and daily lives, we can create a field of
peace, love, and freedom that can radiate into our world and bless others by
silently and subtly encouraging the same in them.

VegInspiration. Cruelty to Animals

Will Tuttle : October 26, 2009

“Cruelty to
animals is as if man did not love God…there is something so dreadful, so
satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend
themselves, who are utterly in our power.”

—Cardinal John
Henry Newman

VegInspiration. Our Spiritual Impulse

Will Tuttle : October 25, 2009

- the herd - by absche.

Because of our
herding orientation and our unassuaged guilt complex due to the misery in our
daily meals, we have warped our sacred connection with the infinite loving
source of our life to an ultimate irony: comparing ourselves to sheep, we beg
our shepherd for mercy, but since we show no mercy, we fear deep down we’ll not
be shown mercy either and live in dread of our inevitable death. We bargain and
may proclaim overconfidently that we’re saved and our sins are forgiven (no
matter what atrocities we mete out to animals and people outside our in-group),
or we may reject the whole conventional religious dogma as so much absurd
pablum and rely on the shallow materialism of science. However it happens, our
spiritual impulse is inevitably repressed and distorted by the fear, guilt,
violence, hardness, competitiveness, and shallow reductionism that herding and
eating animals always demands.

VegInspiration. Animals are Conscious!

Will Tuttle : October 24, 2009

Kudat, animal farm by ech0runner.

We can argue
that animals are largely unconscious, decreeing that because animals seem to
lack the complex language that allows them to formulate thoughts in words as we
do, their experience of suffering must therefore be less significant or intense
for them. This same thinking, however, could be used to justify harming human
infants and senile elderly people. If anything, beings who lack the ability to
analyze their circumstances may suffer at our hands more intensely than we
would because they are unable to put the distance of internal dialogue between
themselves and their suffering.

VegInspiration. Precious Planetary Ecology

Will Tuttle : October 23, 2009

Buckminster Fuller often emphasized that the way of cultural
transformation is not so much in fighting against destructive attitudes and
practices, but in recognizing them as being obsolete and offering positive,
higher-level alternatives. The competitive, violent, commodifying mentality of
the ancient herding cultures is, in our age of nuclear weapons and global
interconnectedness, profoundly obsolete, as is eating the animal foods of these
old cultures, which are unhealthy in the extreme both to our body-minds and to
our precious planetary ecology.

VegInspiration. Universal Compassion

Will Tuttle : October 22, 2009

October 21

The motivation behind vegan living is the universal spiritual
principle of compassion that has been articulated both secularly and through
the world’s religious traditions; the difference lies in veganism’s insistence
that this compassion be actually practiced. The words of Donald Watson, who
created the term “vegan” in 1944, reveal this practical orientation and bear
Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to
exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and
cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension
promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of
humans, animals, and the environment.


October 22

All the world’s major religions have their own form of the Golden
Rule that teaches kindness to others as the essence of their message. They all
recognize animals as sentient and vulnerable to us, and include them within the
moral sphere of our behavior. There are also strong voices in all the
traditions emphasizing that our kindness to other beings should be based on
compassion. This is more than merely being open to the suffering of others; it
also explicitly includes the urge to
to relieve their suffering. We are thus responsible not just to refrain from
harming animals and humans, but also to do what we can to stop others from
harming them, and to create conditions that educate, inspire, and help others
to live in ways that show kindness and respect for all life. This is the high
purpose to which the core teachings of the world’s wisdom traditions call us.
It is an evolutionary imperative, a spiritual imperative, an imperative of
compassion, and, in reality, a vegan imperative.

VegInspiration. Shojin

Will Tuttle : October 20, 2009

no daily product!! by kalavinka.

Shojin is
“religious abstention from animal foods” and is based on the core religious
teaching of ahimsa, or harmlessness,
the practice of refraining from causing harm to other sentient beings. Shojin
and samadhi are seen to work together, with shojin purifying the body-mind and
allowing, though certainly not guaranteeing, access to the spiritually
enriching experience of samadhi.
Outer compassion and inner stillness feed
each other. Shojin and veganism are essential to our spiritual health because
they remove a fundamental hindrance on our path.

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