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Vegetarianism as a spiritual diet- in reference to Jainism


I welcome everyone in the world of vegetarianism. Today I am feeling blessed to share my views on Jain Philosophy to be “Vegetarian”. Now, more than ever, the western world is calling on the philosophy of Jainism to help it understand and solve its problems. The issues of today are far ranging: environment, health, addiction, war, passion, and the relentless search for happiness. Life has become complicated and complex, but the solution remains simple and clear to each one of us.

The Jains are true environmentalists. They promote cooperation between man and animal. Mahavira, had stated, “One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water, and vegetation disregards his own existence which is intermingled with them…” In short, we can self-destruct or carry on. But we will not live as a species if we fail to co-exist harmoniously with all creatures sharing this island with us.

In the contemporary world, people have become conscious about their health and taking the initiative of improving their diet. As a result, the aspect of vegetarianism has become very common. A vegetarian diet is the perfect source of nutrients for the human body, basically a common vegetarian diet is based on vegetables, fruits and whole grains (Dr. T. Colin Campbell, 2002) which are low in fat, a good source of fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals which will enhance our body energy. The main factor of a balanced vegetarian diet is carbohydrates, which are the perfect foundation for maximum endurance and energy. Being vegetarian is a natural way to detox the body, because a vegetarian diet is richer in fibre, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, which help to cleanse the body’s system. Meat and fish contain a lot of residue from toxic chemicals. Dr Richa Anand, nutritionist, says that according to a study, it has been observed that the bodies of carnivorous animals contain 10 times more hydrochloric acid than that of herbivorous ones, but the human body should not have the same amount of hydrochloric acid. This establishes the fact that the human body is basically meant for a vegetarian diet. So digestion of vegetarian food is easier for our bodies. Yes, it’s true. A vegetarian diet boosts cardio-vascular health. Dr Rahul Gupta, interventional cardiologist, explains, “Consumption of a vegetarian diet consisting of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, and fruits, and abstaining from meat and high-fat animal products, along with a regular exercise program, is consistently associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity, lower incidence of diabetes and consequently less heart disease.”

As Jain’s, we have one thing to accomplish in this generation: not our pleasure, but the pleasure of the world. We will not sleep until every creature can sleep peacefully. We will not eat before all creatures partake in nourishment. We will not abide a single instance of cruelty. In a nutshell, please eat vegetables and be healthy, the evidence is overwhelming. Eating meat is bad for your health, environment and everyone. On the contrary, vegetarian diet is delicious and nutritious which is the perfect source of energy for the human body. By choosing a vegetarian diet, you can have a perfect health, and the happiness of living at peace with your family, friends and the little ones.


Author bio

Dr. Anita Anamika Talesara is an English professor, Social worker, author and an embodiment of women empowerment. She has received many awards and accolades. Woman of the Year(2007) by Axis bank and Nari Ratan by Jain Ekta Sang are some of them. She is qualified double MA, B-Ed. and Double Ph-D. which adds up to her achievements in the field of academics.

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