Since time immemorial, religious scriptures and sages have all suggested ways that humans can live in greater harmony with the environment, including our animal co-inhabitants.
As we see nature deteriorating due to climate change, the importance of valuing the animals’ beneficial role – and therefore their lives – is even greater. The larger the scale of destruction, such as through modern livestock farming and meat production, the more imperiled the state of our biosphere.
As Indian Parliament Member Maneka Gandhi stated in a video message delivered during the recent climate change conference in Washington DC, USA:
Maneka Gandhi – Indian Parliament Member, Former Indian Environment Minister, Vegetarian (F): Maybe this is the ultimate lesson that nature is trying to teach us. Good begets good.
Don’t kill and don’t be killed.
VOICE: Supreme Master Ching Hai, who was the honored guest at the videoconference, further explained the tolls of slaughtering animals for meat.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: As we are being deluded more and more into the killing of the animals and destroying the environment, the atmosphere of our planet also being depleted of love and happiness.
Therefore, these animals were born here in order to balance it, to help us to fill in the void of love that we lost through our inconsiderate actions.
But sadly, we kill them. We kill our benefactor, just because we are blind. We are so blind spiritually, telepathically and psychically that we don’t see who are friends and who are not. Sadly, the friends we can see, like the whales, the seals, we don’t recognize.
But the enemies, we don’t see, but we listen to. That is the force of the ego, the force of the negative in this world. So we do many wrong things that we regret, or at the time of death we regret, because at that time we can see whatever wrong things we do, just like watching cinemas, and we feel very sorry that we have done such things due to not knowing, due to being misled. These animals, they are really our friends; they are our benefactors. So, if we kill these beings, we really killing ourselves. We take out the balance that is greatly needed especially at this time, in our dire situation.
VOICE: Our gratitude, all speakers and participants of this meaningful conference. We also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for encouraging humanity toward ever more virtuous standards.
May our united efforts soon welcome a loving peaceful globe blooming with vibrant life. Please tune in to Supreme Master Television’s Words of Wisdom for the full rebroadcast of this live event at a later date, with multi-language subtitles.