While writing vegetarian I accidentally wrote begeterean which goes towards bigotry. Supremacy. Vegetarian Supremacy.
But I just wanted to write a small episode about Vegetarianism in “Hindu”. [“Hindu” like “Dharma” is one of the most abused word in modern context, in-fact everything we inherited from our forefathers; we have abused, including ourselves.]
When I was in Japan, (which I am always at) the very polite Japanese people (especially ladies, no holds no bar, cool) threw off at times a particular conundrum toward my psyche. I have been non-veggy from quite young times. (Although borne into a Hindu brahmana family, brahmana, etymo; maharajya maanya, “the honorable” from the nation, Japanese; monoyabaraka)
The conundrum was this; why Hindu people drink cow’s milk but not eat its meat, if cow is holy. [such was silently murmured in little shops, as they were utterly deluded as to howto make sense so that they can serve their customers better]
[giyuu niyuu, giyuu niku] = [Cow Milk, Cow Meat]
The totalitarians often would give you “for Hindus cows are holy, like mother, can we cut our own mother? We drink only mother’s milk na.”
So far so good, A logical analyst like me, while finds cutting an(y) animal for food a bit harsh, yes, but nonetheless just milking the cow is also harsh, and we have tried to find a middle path or moderate approach toward having “rest to mind” by agreeing milking is a far less harsh situation.
We do not tie a woman and lactate her and let her live in shit-bed and even supply that milk via OmFed. Okay that’s a bit funny, but that would be quite harsh and in some people’s definitions P-Graphic.
So the whole question of cow-worship as holy-mother is bullish. It only served us to bring a softer version of “harshness” and we are all facing harsh reality of life and must survive hence cow’s milk serves our purpose of being moderate as opposed to “meat eating aggressors”.
But there is a raging controversy about it and a lotta heated argument especially among Hindu Intelligentsia as to shall we or shall we not eat the cow-meat. I have oftentimes as early as 2004-05 maintained a stoic stance “Food is a personal choice and no one shall insinuate another about their food choice especially in veiled religious aggression”.
We can all become vegetarians but it won’t absolve us of our aggression toward “OTHER” religion. Vegetarianism is not a license to insinuate others, whether meat eaters, halal meat eaters or any kind. In-fact it merely comes from a habit of forming an identity of OTHERs and taunt them regarding how their ways are total bullish and ours is better, then aggression is associated to meat and non-aggression and non-violence to non-meat products, better Hindus vs despicable hindus and so on. We have even invented how garlic is “inflammatory and should be rejected” possibly because it gets used in cooking meat. Our chauvinism has no bound.
But the fact is tying a cow is also violence, if its a Holy Animal. [Although not as violent as cutting its flesh and enjoying, the chicken would also cry, I want to be “holy hindu poultry”]
All in All from food habit we can not decide who is a good person or who is not, from drink habits or smoke habits or any kind of habits we can’t. Someone had said “All habits are bad habits”. (Some would say your writing is a bad habit, but then, what can I say, I only try to bring balance to my psyche by writing, volition of thoughts shall we call it?)
I shall end by saying “Hindu jin ha omoshiroi”. That the Hindu people are interesting. But Hindu shall only mean one from India. Hence one can if say, All Islam is Hindu, one can also say all Hindu are Islam. How can that not be? It can be because we are all mixed to the quantum. Which is where we run into another problem, that we invented for ourselves. History as a license to invent and reinvent.
Everything loses its meaning at the torment of the quantum. We shall realize the quantum and be happy. How about that, even Dalai Lama agrees on that.
Happy lunch hour, I just had mine. Stay Cool.