Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: meditation
Fantastic, I am a vegetarian too.
--- On Sun, 5/10/08, medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <email@example.com>
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: meditation
Date: Sunday, 5 October, 2008, 2:40 AM--- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com, krishnan sundaram
<krish_cost@ ...> wrote:
> Is it possible to meditate on a non-vegetarian diet ?
Yo Sri Krishan,
Anything that distracts you from concentrating
on the object of your meditation is not recommended.
The ancient advise is that a non-vegetarian
diet is so hard to digest that your body's efforts
to process meat will distract you and make it
difficult or impossible to focus enough to allow your
concentration to flow into a meditative state. Or,
if you are in a meditative state, the digestion
effort will cause you to end it and focus on
your abdominal distress, thus negating the
possibility of merging with the object of your
meditation (Contemplation) . But...there is no
doubt that there are meat-eaters who have attained
and maintained a meditative state. So, does
eating meat cause you to be distracted from
your meditation, or do you "get away with it"?
If so, there is no problem. Similarly, there
is a question of the ethics of eating other
creatures flesh and the Karma that ensues from
this. Will the Karma, or the question itself, be
a distraction for you? If not, there is no
problem. As with all things, if what you are
doing takes your peace away, it is "bad" and
you shouldn't do it. If what you are doing is
giving you peace, it is "good" and it is OK
to do. Personally, I have been a vegetarian for
almost 45 years and have not found this to be
a problem relative to meditation. It is my
inner chatter that causes distraction to me
(and I think everyone) and meditation practice
has enabled it to be silenced enough to bring
me peace. And that is is meat of the matter!
Peace and blessings,
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