The Ethical Aspect of Nutrition
The ethically correct nutrition (which is important also for health) is the killing-free diet, that is the one which does not contain meat and fish products (but it should necessarily contain enough amount of protein supplied by milk products, mushrooms, nuts, soya, and so on).
In the Bible, God gave people principles of nutrition: “…See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food…” (Genesis 1:29). After some time, He added through another prophet: you may eat everything, “…only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood” (Genesis 9:1-4).
What did He mean in this phrase? He meant the killing-free diet: you may eat any edible plants, use milk, eggs but do not kill for food those creatures, in whose bodies you see blood.
But the Jews, who received this commandment, started to let the blood of animals that they were killing flow out into the ground and to eat their meat after that — without blood. They pretended to have understood that the animal’s soul is its blood… Later “Christians” began using the same way of fooling God. And… they simply did not include the protests of
Jesus Christ against this in the New Testament…
But the true Christianity is Teachings of Love. Is it possible to call those people Christians, who are capable of causing other creatures to suffer just for satisfying one’s own sensory cravings?
The most important thing about correct nutrition is adherence to the fundamental ethical principle of not causing harm. Only those who have developed compassion for the pain of other living beings can make progress on the Spiritual Path, because God lets get close to His Abode only those who become embodiments of the principle of Love.
God is Love. (This is what He said about Himself through Jesus Christ and His disciples, and now He is repeating this through contemporary
Messiah Sathya Sai Baba). This is why in order to get closer to Him we have to transform ourselves into Love. The first step in mastering Love is development of that aspect of it which is called
We should, by no means, even indirectly, cause sufferings to other creatures, which are capable of experiencing pain intensively. We should not eat bodies of animals, including fish. (Just like we should not acquire products made of bodies of killed animals, for example, fur).
The Divine Teacher Huang Di taught this in ancient China. Gautama Buddha and then Jesus Christ taught the same. (Jesus made several exceptions only in those cases when He talked to fishermen and to crowds of common people, when he was feeding them with bodies of fish). Nowadays God is teaching the same through
Babaji and Sathya Sai Baba.
This opinion of God seemingly contradicts with His words in the Koran. But we should keep in mind that during the first years of the establishment of Islam, which were marked with the continuous state of war, the situation was not appropriate for introducing new nutrition habits among cattle-breeders and desert inhabitants. God, Who guided prophet Muhammad at that time, had another purpose — to establish a monotheistic faith in that region of the Earth. And only after Islam had been established and accepted by people, Muslims were presented with an opportunity to think about the ethical side of their nutrition.
About the Principles of Nutrition
As one can learn from the scientific literature on physiology of nutrition, in the bodies of animals there are no nutritional components essential for the human organism, which cannot not be found also in vegetable products, milk or milk products, and eggs. Moreover, milk and eggs contain all the indispensable amino acids — the most important protein components. Eating meat and fish is not at all a necessity, but a striking manifestation of the human vice of gluttony, the desire to satisfy one’s own gustatory whims regardless of the fact that others have to suffer pain and to die for that.
One has to know that:
First, as a rule, it is advisable for the diet to include all five groups of nutritional components: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and microelements.
Almost every natural type of food: milk, grains, vegetables, etc. — contains proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but in different proportions. Depending on these proportions, they are usually classified into proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Milk and lactate products, curds, cheese, eggs, nuts, mushrooms, soybeans, peas, and beans belong to the protein group. Proteins can be different, depending on the type of the amino acids that they are composed of. The amino acids, in their turn, can be divided into two groups: the dispensable (i.e. those necessary which can be generated within the human body) and the indispensable (which are also necessary, but usually do not get generated by the body, therefore their external supply with food is vital for the human organism).
So, the most valuable from the standpoint of supplying the organism with proteins are those foodstuffs that contain a complete set of indispensable amino acids. These are milk and eggs. Milk and eggs, if included in one’s diet, make it protein-balanced. If there are neither milk products nor eggs available — one should compensate for this by diversifying other components of one’s diet, especially those of the protein group.
Fats can be of vegetable and of animal origin. The latter include both butter and fats obtained from corpses of killed animals.
Both vegetable oils and butter are good for people. The former contains vitamin E among other things and can dissolve cholesterol deposits, if any. Butter is rich in vitamins A and D.
All vegetables, fruits, berries, cereals, greens, jam, honey belong to the group of carbohydrates. All bodies of plants and grains are rich in fiber, which is important for proper functioning of the intestines, and in vitamins, especially of C and B group. Sugars, among other things, provide the body with the easy-to-use energy.
It is currently widely known that bread is a source of necessary vitamins of B group. But it is important to know that bread made of high-grade flour contains almost no vitamins of this group, as well as almost no proteins. Bread made of coarse grinded grains or that with bran added is a much healthier food.
The same can be said about rice. Unpolished rice is significantly richer in vitamins of B group and in protein.
Effect of Nutrition on Health
If one ignores the ethical side of nutrition, then such a person becomes subject to special mechanisms, created by God, that make for the development of diseases.
Deposits of uric acid salts, of which meat and fish dishes are the major sources, start to form gradually in the blood vessels, in the skin, and in the cartilaginous tissues. This disease is called gout. Among its symptoms there are memory failure, headaches, disturbed sleep, sexual malfunction, and muscle and joint pain. And urgent need to eliminate discomfort states of the brain leads to smoking and alcoholism.
Energetic aspect of such nutrition should be considered as well: chakras and meridians get contaminated with the energies of dead bodies, and this leads to disorders of bioenergetic supply of multiple organs and contributes to the development of cancer. The same energies adversely affect organs of digestion, thus acute and chronic inflammations and ulcers develop. This also leads to development of aggressiveness in people. Their energy of the consciousness coarsens, and such people become incapable of attaining subtle states of consciousness.
The best testimony to the correctness and adequacy of the killing-free nutrition is the dramatic improvement of health and disappearance of diseases in those who switched to this type of diet. In addition to this, their ability to perform various kinds of activities increases.
The ethically correct behavior in regard to the “pure” foodstuff — plants, milk and milk products, and eggs — is to use them sparingly and with respect. They should not die in vain.