“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
Today is Gandhi’s birthday. October 2nd is also the International Day of Non-Violence and World Day for Farmed Animals.
International Day of Non-Violence
The International day of non-violence is a global observance commemorated to Gandhi, a well-known role model for peace who practiced and advocated nonviolence .
According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
Please make the time today and reflect on the importance of tolerance, peace, respect, and equality for all beings not just humans.
World Day for Farmed Animals
World Day for Farmed Animals is dedicated to exposing and memorializing the 65 billion land animals raised for food who suffer and die every year.
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Ghandi promoted peace and non violence towards all beings not just the human animal. This fact is plain from this famous quotation often cited by those who work for animal rights:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
To celebrate the birth of this remarkable man of peace I would like to share with you some of the most famous of Gandhi’s quotations:
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
“Where there is love there is life.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
‘non-violence is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man’
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“If we are to be non-violent, we must then not wish for anything on this earth which the meanest or the lowest of human beings cannot have.”
“I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species. To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”
“Vivisection is the blackest of all crimes that mankind is committing against God and his fair creation”.
“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”
“It is very significant that some of the most thoughtful and cultured men are partisans of a pure vegetable diet.”
“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.”
Ghandi was a vegetarian and wrote a book called the Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.
You can read more about Ghandi and vegetarianism:
From my own website:
A number of Members of Parliament here in the UK have told PETA that they will be going vegan for Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
“Indian politician Maneka Gandhi, who is backing PETA’s efforts, says, “The best way for individuals, government offices and businesses to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is by not eating meat or dairy on the International Day of Non-Violence. Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of peace and compassion for all living beings is not just a message of ahimsa but an economic and ecological necessity”.”
A great idea of course, but why not commit to becoming a vegan on a permanent basis and improve your health , help the environment – according to the United Nations meat and dairy industries are among the leading causes of climate change – and most importantly save the lives of billions animals and promote peace.
More Than 150 Billion Animals Slaughtered Every Year
http://www.adaptt.org/killcounter.html This website has lots of information about why you should become vegan.
How can we ever have peace in the world when we treat the other creatures with whom we share this planet so appallingly. Non-violence towards both human and non human animals go hand in hand. Violence to any being is never acceptable.
The 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: The Deeper Minds Of All Ages Have Had Pity For Animals
Gandhi was one of those deeper minds and understood that non-violence included all beings:
“There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings — we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and to live freely, and we all share this planet together.”