December 27, 2010

The wisdom of returning to a kinder and simpler life

In a press conference on Saturday, December 18 during her time in Cancún, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai encouraged attending newspaper, radio and television journalists from more than 10 media groups toward greater efforts to inform the public about the urgent situation of climate change.

In identifying the livestock industry as the main cause of global warming and other environmental crises of our planet, she also asked for the media members' help in sharing these vital facts.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Livestock farming is like producing food in reverse. In fact, the “product” is hunger and war, death, and destruction, and maybe even destroying the whole planet, and all lives on this planet.

But now, it is the urgent time to bring these emergency facts that we know into constructive, life-sustaining actions. We must help to end all the mass killings of the tens of billions of animals a year, not only to stop catastrophic climate change consequence, but also to save the original goodness of our own humanity in our heart.

We are the children of God. We should act like God: merciful, compassionate, protective, loving and kind.

VOICE: A warm and open question-and-answer session followed over a scrumptious vegan lunch with dessert, which in itself demonstrated the ease and feasibility of adopting the ecological plant-based lifestyle.

Journalist (M): Good afternoon Master. You were talking about this method of a vegan diet. How to present it to a normal family that consumes a normal diet?

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you for your question. It's a very practical question. The Mexican ancestry's diet consisted not of meat or very little or almost zero. And they were healthy, intelligent; they built such a pyramid for the whole world (Journalist (F): Yes, yes.) to be impressed.

Just normal vegetables, legumes, beans and corns and rice, plantains, these already are very healthy and make you feel very light and easier to think than the very heavy meat diet - difficult to digest. As we develop more technological inventions, then we focus too much on food, which is not always good for us. We should focus more on spiritual food and everything else will go well.

In the Bible, it says: “Seek you first the kingdom of God and all the things shall be added into your life.” So I think it's time we change our priority, by returning to the wisdom of our ancestors, to study more of how they lived their lives. Then we probably can save our planet and survive.

VOICE: Our respectful thanks, journalists and media groups in Mexico for your role in bringing about changes in awareness needed to save our world.

We are especially grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her tireless efforts to inform the public of important choices we now face. May our own loving wisdom guide us to be veg to preserve our Earth and co-inhabitants. Please tune in to Supreme Master Television for the broadcast of this press conference at a later date on Words of Wisdom, with multi-language subtitles.

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