Post by Walking Owl on Jun 19, 2012 12:30:51 GMT -5
By design of the planets circle of life - all lifeforms :have to be godless killing machines". All life needs to consume life to live - how the consumption takes place is a moot point, the act cannot be avoided.
Personally, I believe this glaring fault of "creation" demonstrates a severe "incompetence" of any claimed "creator", assuming they were indeed interested in love and benevolence. I cannot imagine a worse design flaw.
We live on an "eat or be eaten" blood lust planet - which explains a lot in terms of values placed on life.
And yes, even a carrot is a live being!
Best to acknowledge what this place really is - and deal with it.
"Illuminated means realizing, accepting then capitalizing on ALL opportunities this places offers - without restraint or conditions or remorse or conscious - winner take all." Laws are one thing, mechanisms of compliance quite another.
At days end... Natural law prevails - always.
Trying to do it "right" against these odds is admirable though... if not downright saintly.
Making up a quirky rationale or theory does not wallpaper the truth of the matter - does it?
Jains practice strict vegetarianism. The practice of vegetarianism is instrumental for the practice of non-violence and peaceful co-operative co-existence. Basic non-violence principles can be performed depending on one's capability and specific situation in terms of meeting one's life's demands and expectations. Jainism acknowledges that it is impossible to discharge one's duties without some degree of himsa/violence, but encourages to minimise as much as possible. Jains are strictly forbidden to use any leather or silk products since they are derived by killing of animals. Jains are prohibited from consuming root vegetables such as potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, radishes, cassava, sweet potatoes, turnips, etc., as the plant needed to be killed in the process of accessing these prior to their end of life cycle. In addition, the root vegetables interact with soil and therefore contain far more micro-organisms than other vegetables. Also, the root vegetables themselves are composed of infinite smaller organisms, hence, consuming these vegetables would mean killing all those organisms as well. However, they consume rhizomes such as dried turmeric and dried ginger. Eggplants, pumpkins, etc. are also not consumed by some Jains owing to the large number of seeds in the vegetable, as a seed is a form of life.