“Ahimsa” is the Sanskrit word which means: non violence. This is the foundation of a vegan’s being. Non violence to all living beings, humans and non human animals.
It is the word that embodies a life of compassion and the absence of cruelty.
George Bernard Shaw wrote a poem called “Song of Peace” and its words evoke a desire for a world free of cruelty and a desire for peace. Below is the poem:
🍂 We are the living graves of murdered beasts
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites
We never pause to wonder at our feasts
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights
We pray on Sunday’s that we have a light
To guide our footsteps on the paths we tread
We’re sick of war, we do not want to fight
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread
Like carrion crows we live and feed on the meat
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so.
If thus we treat defenseless animals for sport or gain
How can we hope in this world to attain
The Peace we say we are so anxious for?
We pray for it, o’er hecatombs of slain,
To G-d, while outraging the moral law.
The cruelty begets its offspring – War. 🍂
Until my next post – peace and light.
(In my blogs from now on, for ease of reference, when I refer to animals, I am referring to non human animals.)