Vegetarianism and the Major World Religions A Presentation by Sandpoint Vegetarians June 13, 2010 Etymology Spiritual : comes from Latin spiritus meaning “ breath ”, “ vigor ”, or “ life ” Vegetarian : comes from Greek vegetas meaning “full of the breath of life ”
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Vegetarianism and the Major World Religions
A Presentation by Sandpoint Vegetarians
June 13, 2010
Almost all world religions emphasize spiritual growth over the world of flesh
Animal sacrifice, a true depravity, became a convenient vehicle for people to circumvent the religious prohibitions against killing animals and to indulge their desire to eat flesh.
“Ahimsa is the highest duty”. – Padma Purana 1.31.27
"All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable law."– Sutrakritanga Sutra
“Having well considered the origin of flesh-foods, and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let humans entirely abstain from eating flesh”. – Manusmriti 5.49
“The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion.” – Mahaparinirvana Sutra
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”– Lao Tzu
“Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to every beast of the Earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the Earth, wherein there is a living soul, I have given every green herb for meat” – Genesis 1:29
“You who have compassion for a lamb shall be the shepherd of my people Israel” – Exodus Rabbah 2, Midrash
“Thou shalt not kill” – Exodus 20:13
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” – Luke 12:6
“There is not an animal on the Earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you.” – Koran, Surah 6:38
“You must not only have kind and merciful feelings for humankind, but you should also exercise the utmost kindness towards every living creature.” – Abdu’l-Baha
God Owns Earth!
“The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”– Psalm 24:1
The Peaceable Kingdom