Wikipedia describes veganism in the following way: Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
There is much more to the story of veganism however – I once had a person say to me, “oh you’re vegan…where is that?” As a knowledgeable vegan from Vegania – of course I answered it’s just a short distance away…about 24cm in fact. The distance it takes to get from your head to your heart.
The word Ahimsa explains veganism better than most other explanations I think. Ahimsa is commonly translated to mean non-harming or non-violence, sometimes even compassion, both towards oneself and towards others. Ahimsa isn’t simply the practice of refraining from violent words or actions; it’s also about abstaining from violent thoughts.
Ahimsa is the total and complete absence of violence from one’s mind, body, and spirit. It’s not only about evading harmful deeds, but about lacking the capacity to engage in harmful thoughts whatsoever. A tall feat I know, but truly the state of being to strive for if we’re ever to achieve ‘peace on earth’.
There is a wave making its way across the world right now – vegans are no longer considered ‘tree hugging, scruffy haired, unwashed, dope smoking, hippies’ they’re now seen as progressive, evolved, compassionate, connected humans’ …who are usually friendly, peace loving and happy.
It’s the dawn of a much needed new era – We can fly to the moon, we can create computers that can store the knowledge of the world on the head of a pin, we have surgical procedures that can save lives like never before and yet ~ we are killing our planet and all its inhabitants at a rate of knots.
We have become indifferent to Mother Nature and all the other creatures that we share this beautiful planet with. Sadly our indifference has cost the animals, the planet and ourselves dearly.
The cure for this Disease of Indifference is – Veganism.