Originally Posted by meemee
dunno. one gives up life to let another live. whether they have eyes or chlorophyll, a life is lost. man does the same thing too - even though no one eats us (sorta). i mean in a sense we 'eat' each other - but on such pathetic grounds. war. the soldier gives up their life for an ideology - so others can have freedom. so shouldnt we the people who let war happen also be termed callous. or even worse. instead of killing with our own hands, we are choosing a representative to do the killing on our behalf. so a butcher, farmer and soldier are the same thing right?!!!
This is so powerful, and has really had me thinking for the past couple of days. I'm a beginning practitioner and student of yoga, and two things I've been learning about are our connectedness to everything and everybody -- to the whole multiverse -- and our connectedness to our own personal dharma. I see my dharma as my unique calling, which corresponds to the particular form through which I'm currently experiencing universal life and energy. As a human mother, a huge piece of my dharma in this life is nurturing the lives of my human children. Universally speaking, my chidren and I are not any more important than a cow or a pepper plant -- but dharmatically speaking, our lives are exceedingly precious to me.
Of course, as a lover of kundalini yoga, I've also been learning about how vegetarianism is a very important part of today's kundalini lifestyle -- and yet, from some reading I've done (yes, I actually looked for it), it sounds like the original kundalini practitioners in Vedic times may have been meat eaters.
Lately, I've been growing more aware of yoga (or connection) as being about so much more than just the asanas or postures (or, in Kundalini, kriyas) that open up the channels within our bodies, and between our bodies, souls, spirits, and Universe and enable the energy to freely flow. Yoga is really about living out, day to day, our unity with everything and everybody, so living this way is bound to have huge implications on what I put into my mouth, how I treat the people, plants, and animals around me, and what I support with my time and energy.
I recently heard my daughter telling some people that she's "not really eco-friendly," and I've been quietly paying attention to learn why she feels this way. I learned that they've been talking in her Sunday School class about the need to reduce our carbon footprint -- and, of course, the aspect of dd's carbon footprint that she has the most control over is the amount of time that she spends "plugged in." And she is honestly saying that she is not willing to change this aspect of her life. She's a big gamer, and she's also become increasingly interested in discovering new music on YouTube, and also in splicing movies and creating music videos (which she's really good at).
So I really do respect her honesty, her realization that being "eco-friendly" is about more than just spouting some ideals. I'm hoping and believing that she'll eventually find her own path and spiritual connection. After all, lots of people who consider themselves eco-friendly do also spend a lot of time "plugged in," so it's not so cut and dry. Maybe her realization that everything's not cut and dry or black and whilte has something to do with ther recent decision to go ahead and eat chicken. Who knows?