Chapter 4. Enacting Vegan Laws and Policies > Organic Veganism is a Spiritual Movement
V. Organic Veganism is a Spiritual Movement
Small farmers have a spiritual role in veganism as well. The vegan diet itself is a spiritual movement because it is the single most effective way to expand our human compassion and noble quality, and loving quality. It can reverse the cycle of violence and bad karmic retribution: “As we sow, so shall we reap.” And it places us within a circle of love, protection and mercy from any negative happenings in the physical realm.
So, the vegan organic farmer supports countless others to have this great merit by providing them with food that has minimal, or is free of violence, and through that he surely gains many spiritual merits himself.
The Organic Vegan Lifestyle Adheres to Ahimsa (Non-Violence)
When we live and let live, when we love all beings as if we love ourselves, then that is already very highly spiritual. And, of course, that is in line with all the greatest religions on Earth. That will be very pleasing to Heaven. This allows us more to completely extend our respect and care to all life.
And that’s why you feel more peaceful, you see? You feel more connected with the surroundings around you because they all pulsate with life. The Earth is pulsating with love and life, the trees, the plants, they are pulsating all this love for life. When we sit under a tree, we feel this protective love from the tree. When we enjoy a delicious fruit, we feel the connectedness of this unconditional love from the tree to offer us nutrition and a pleasing taste.
If we are in the organic, vegan trend or planting with organic, vegan farming methods, then you will feel that more and more the love from nature, the love from the planet Earth, the love from the trees, the love from even a blade of grass, from flowers. We will feel so much love in the air that we breathe. We feel so much love from the earth that we walk on. This we cannot even explain in human language. We must feel it. I always feel it, but I can’t transmit this spiritual message to other people. Everyone must experience it for himself.
Once we turn to a compassionate, Heaven-intended lifestyle of a vegan diet, then we will feel more and more love, more and more connected all the time. Ahimsa means not harming any sentient beings, beginning with a vegan diet. Organic, vegan diet is the best. As we sow, so shall we reap. If we sow these benevolent seeds on the Earth, as well as in our heart, as a vegan, we avoid all animal products.
For example, most of the milk production causes suffering, first of all because the babies of the mother cows are taken away at birth. Not many people know that, including myself before. And these baby cows will soon be killed. Deprived from mother’s milk and mother’s love, they’ll be killed as soon as they’re taken away. Then, the mother is forcefully hooked up to a machine that can cause tormenting pain along with illness, just so that humans can take her milk.
Since organic, vegan farming does not use pesticides and does not have anything to do with livestock raising, milk production or any such harmful activity, it could be called a practice of compassion, in line with Heaven, with values that are echoed in many spiritual paths and religious teachings, such as the followers of Buddhism and Confucianism and as written in their scriptures.