On December 7, the first Middle East Veg Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was officially opened by the nation’s Federal Minister for Health, His Excellency Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali. Also invited as the guest of honor was Supreme Master Ching Hai, who spoke via videoconference about the sustainable solution of the organic vegan diet.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai December 7, 2010 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Promoting organic plant-based food is, of course, the most urgent,because we need to stop global warming in order to save ourselves, in the near term, by reducing the methane and other, also toxic gases, poison us even. Not just only global warming, but it will poison our atmosphere.
VOICE: Veg Congress participants shared their thoughts after listening to Supreme Master Ching Hai’s speech as well as engaging in a question-and-answer session with her on various aspects of the plant-based lifestyle.
Harvey Ellis – IT senior executive, vegetarian (M): Some startling statistics with regards to the environment were presented today by the Supreme Master Ching Hai. The fantastic inspiration that she gave to the audience was a sight to behold, particularly in terms of her philosophy with regards to presenting veganism as a solution to all the environmental woes of the Middle Eastern region.
Tony Satinder Pal Singh – senior executive, oil and gas firm, vegetarian (M): To see and feel her passion and her commitment to what it means to planet Earth if we could all move towards a vegan diet, is a source of inspiration and a message of extreme importance to all of us.
Because she’s absolutely right, that indeed most of the world’s greenhouse gases actually come from farms that breed animals for human consumption. We spend so much of time developing fuel efficient cars and other ways to save energy, but here is a solution staring at us in the face.
VOICE: Coinciding with the Veg Congress was the Middle East Natural and Organic Product Expo, during which a launch was held for the new Arabic language edition of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s #1 international bestseller,“The Birds in My Life,” which was already sold out during the two-day event.
Lina - Iranian participant (F): After I finished this book, it’s opened a different view for knowing the animal kingdom. Thanks to Master Ching Hai for this wonderful book. Thanks, thanks a lot!
VOICE: In the videoconference discussion,as through her books, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered thoughts to awaken further compassion among Congress participants. She even revealed inner knowledge obtained through her meditation about the merit of promoting the cruelty-free lifestyle.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I tell you a secret, before I forget. Suppose you promote organic plant-based food, now, the government, whoever decided to approve this plant-based diet solution, just approve it only, he will earn - my God – thousands of zillions of spiritual merit points.
And we need a lot of points to go back to Heaven. Whoever approves this even, just one time, it’s enough for him to fly to Heaven already, after he leaves this world. And whoever makes sure that it carries out, will obtain the same spiritual merits points that Heaven will bestow upon.
VOICE: With appreciation to His Excellency, Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, the government of Dubai, the Middle East Veg Group and others involved in this meaningful gathering on the veg way of living, we also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for generously imparting a clearer understanding of what we must do to save our planet.
Blessed be leaders and individuals’ efforts to change to the organic vegan lifestyle for the benefit of one and all. Please tune in to Supreme Master Television for the full broadcast of this videoconference at a later date on Words of Wisdom, with multi-language subtitles.